With the 2011-12 hoops season set to tip off, ESPNHS has all the info you need on the top players in Texas.
We’ve broken down the state’s top 20 players into four teams based on their talent, and included 50 other players who just missed the cut. Keep in mind, these selections are based on past accomplishments and projected on-court performance in addition to recruit rankings.
For a list of the top senior basketball recruits in Texas, click here.
G: Marcus Smart, Marcus, 6-3/200, Senior
Oklahoma State recruit was MVP of adidas Super 64 this past summer.
G: Rasheed Sulaimon, Strake Jesuit, 6-3/175, Senior
Averaged 21.3 points and 2.4 steals for Crusaders; pledged to Duke.
F: Julius Randle, Prestonwood Christian, 6-9/225, Junior
The nation's No. 3 junior tallied 24.6 points and 12.7 boards a game.
F: Isaiah Austin, Grace Prep, 7-0/200, Senior
Averaged 14 points and six blocks in leading Lions to TAPPS 4A title.
C: Cameron Ridley, Bush, 6-10/230, Senior
Texas pledge recorded 17.6 points, 15.3 boards and 5.6 blocks last year.
G: Andrew Harrison, Fort Bend Travis, 6-5/210, Junior
Ranked No. 4 in ESPNU 60 and shined at Boost Mobile Elite 24.
G: J-Mychal Reese, Bryan, 6-2/170, Senior
Texas A&M recruit can score in bunches; averaged 28.3 points last season.
G: L.J. Rose, Westbury Christian, 6-3/180, Senior
Pass-first playmaker pledged to Baylor; was at Second Baptist last year.
F: Danuel House, Hightower, 6-6/185, Senior
Led team to Class 5A semifinals and followed with a big summer on the AAU circuit.
C: Shaquille Cleare, The Village, 6-9/270, Senior
Maryland recruit has soft hands to go with his imposing frame.
G: Alex Caruso, A&M Consolidated, 6-5/180, Senior
Averaged 18 points and led Tigers in assists, boards, steals and blocks.
G: Aaron Harrison, Fort Bend Travis, 6-4/205, Junior
Tallied 13.5 points and 2.1 steals per game as just a sophomore last year.
F: Wannah Bail, Trent Internationale, 6-7/210, Senior
The Bahamas native is a freakish athlete who makes impact in the paint.
F: Danrad Knowles, Homeschool Christian Youth, 6-9/190, Senior
Houston recruit is home-schooled but too good to keep off this team.
C: Prince Ibeh, Naaman Forest, 6-10/225, Senior
Pulled down 9.3 rebounds and blocked 5.2 shots per game last season.
G: Phil Forte, Marcus, 5-10/175, Senior
Led Marauders in scoring (16.8 points) during Class 5A title run.
G: Keith Frazier, Irving, 6-4/180, Junior
Led Dallas Class 5A scorers with 21.2 points per game last year for Tigers.
G: Matt Jones, DeSoto, 6-4/180, Junior
Ranked No. 21 in ESPNU 60, he's deadly from 3-point range.
F: Connor Lammert, Churchill, 6-9/200, Senior
Texas recruit can do damage on the perimeter and in the post.
C: Karviar Shepherd, Grace Prep, 6-9/215, Junior
DeSoto transfer gives Lions another strong rebounder and shot blocker.
Other Top Players
Terry Allen, Manvel, F, Senior
Nick Banyard, Marcus, F, Senior
Ray Barreno, Eldorado, C, Junior
Drew Charles, Azle, G, Senior
Micah Cooper, Maceo Smith, G, Senior
Delvin Dickerson, Westbury Christian, F, Senior
Damyean Dotson, Yates, F, Senior
Aaron Durley, Bush, C, Senior
Zachary Freeman, Fort Bend Baptist, G, Senior
Josh Gray, Wheatley, F, Senior
Derrick Griffin, Terry, F, Junior
D.J. Griggs, Brazosport, G, Junior
Trey Guidry, St. Pius X, F, Senior
Kendal Harris, Berkner, G, Junior
Ruston Hayward, Wheatley, F, Senior
Charles Hill, Trimble Tech, G, Senior
Courtney Hooper, Lincoln, F, Senior
Je’lon Hornbeak, Grace Prep, G, Senior
Valentine Izundu, Lamar Consolidated, C, Senior
Justin Jackson, Homeschool Christian Youth, G, Sophomore
Branford Jones, Elkins, G, Senior
Devante Kincaide, Skyline, G, Junior
Jeremy King, St. Thomas, F, Senior
A.J. Luckey, Marcus, G, Senior
Darrion Martin, Yates, G, Junior
Jordan Mickey, Grace Prep, F, Junior
Mickey Mitchell, Plano West, F, Freshman
Tavario Miller, Wheatley, F, Senior
Aly Mohamed, Trent Internationale, C, Senior
Jonathan Motley, North Shore, F, Junior
Emmanuel Mudiay, Grace Prep, G, Sophomore
Warren Muldrow, Cypress Falls, F, Senior
Uche Ofoegbu, Stevens, F, Senior
James Pegues, Oakridge, F, Senior
Zach Peters, Prestonwood Christian, F, Senior
Austin Rettig, Prestonwood Christian, G, Senior
Nathan Rooney, Homeschool Christian Youth, G, Senior
Chad Rykhoek, Fort Worth Christian, C, Senior
Christian Sanders, St. Thomas, G, Senior
Clyde Santee, Yates, F, Senior
Clyde Smith, Hotchkiss, G, Senior
Melvin Swift, Yates, F, Sophomore
Shirmane Thomas, Lincoln, G, Junior
Devon Turk, St. Pius X, G, Senior
Chris Washburn, Duncanville, F, Senior
Parker Wentz, Trinity Christian, G, Senior
Devon Williams, Wilson, F, Senior
Ken Williams, Houston Episcopal, G, Junior
Travis Williams, Arlington Heights, G, Senior
Justise Winslow, St. John’s, F, Sophomore
Brandon Parker covers Texas for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at email@example.com.