Top 10 Texas High School Basketball Teams Since 2000

Texas is an undisputed hotbed of high school basketball, producing 43 players who took to the court in NBA games during the 2021-22 season, including LaMarcus Aldridge, Jimmy Butler, Alex Caruso, Cade Cunningham, De ‘Aaron Fox, Julius Randle and Marcus Smart among many others.

The Lone Star State also produced the high school basketball national champion this year in Duncanville, who went 35-1 en route to a historic three-peat.
It got us wondering where Duncanville ranks against the best teams in the state since the turn of the century. By evaluating resumes, national rankings and roster talent, we’ve put together a list of the best teams in Texas since 2000. See the full breakdown below.

Photo: Alik McIntosh

Marcus Smart and Phil Forte (10) hug after leading Flower Mound Marcus to the 2012 Class 5A State Title.

Top 10 Texas teams since 2000

Record: 35-1, Class 6A state champions

National ranking: No. 1

Notable players: Anthony Black, Aric Demings, Ashton Hardaway, Ronald Holland, Davion Sykes

Tiredness: Became the first team since Wheatley (Houston) of 1969-70 to win three consecutive state titles in the Lone Star State’s highest ranking. The Panthers finished No. 1 in the MaxPreps Top 25 with wins over No. 2 Centennial (Corona, Calif.) and Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.), the No. 1 team in the national MaxPreps Top 20.

Record: 40-0, Class 4A state champions

National ranking: No. 1

Notable players: Chris Bosh, Byron Eaten, Bryan Hopkins, William Langrum, Kevis Shipman

Tiredness: While 11-time NBA All-Star Bosh was potentially the most dominant big man in high school basketball during his senior season in 2001-02, ultra-athletic point guard Hopkins was a deadly second option as both players earned McDonald’s All-American honors. this season. One of the most talented teams to ever come out of Texas State, Lincoln was balanced with a clear leader in Bosh, who averaged 20 points and nine rebounds as a senior.

Record: 34-0, Class 4A state champions

National ranking: No. 1

Notable players: Alexander Davis, Darius Gardner, Brandon Peters, Elton Roy, Joseph Young

Tiredness: Broke the national points-per-game record at 116.2. The Lions had a 15-game 100-point streak and went 170 and 163 in a single game. The Lions’ signature full-court pressure wore down their foes, racking up more than 50 points per game and earning 58 straight wins from 2009-10.

Record: 39-0, Class 5A state champions

National ranking: No. 2

Notable players: Daniel Ewing, TJ Ford, Kenny Taylor, Curtis Walker

Tiredness: Behind their backcourt McDonald’s All-American duo of Ewing and Ford, the Eagles won back-to-back 5A Texas state titles as the senior-laden squad ended an impressive two-year streak on a streak of 62 consecutive victories. Along with their dynamic guard game, Willowridge had a commanding presence at the position as the 6-foot-9 Walker was named Finals 5A MVP after scoring a game-high 18 points with six rebounds and two blocks.

5.Duncanville, 2006-07

Record: 39-0, Class 5A state champions

National ranking: #3

Notable players: Roger Franklin, Corey Johnson, D’Walyn Roberts, Brent Stanton, Shawn Williams

Tiredness: Recorded six wins against out-of-state opponents and was ranked as the Lone Star State’s top team all season. The Panthers outscored opponents by an average of 17.5 points per game en route to the state title.

Record: 39-0, Class 5A state champions

National ranking: #5

Notable players: Jawann McClellan, Larry Posey, Leon St. Rose, Tramaine Webster

Tiredness:
Led by 2004 Texas Mr. Basketball McClellan, the Buffs ran the board en route to the Class 5A state title. McClellan led the way with 31 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in the championship game win over Cedar Hill. Milby was coached by Boyce Honea, the all-time winningest coach in Houston Independent School District history with a career record of 739-258.

Record: 39-2, Class 5A state champions

National ranking: No. 2

Notable players: Nick Banyard, Phil Forte, AJ Luckey, Marcus Smart

Tiredness: The Marauders went 78-3 in Smart’s junior and senior year. Although this group lost one more game than the previous season, an accelerated schedule saw them fall at Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nevada) before dropping Montrose Christian (Rockville, Maryland) later that month. Marcus also defeated nationally ranked Fort Bend Travis (Richmond) in the state title match.

8. Marcus, 2010-11

Record: 39-1, Class 5A State Champions

National ranking: No. 2

Notable players: Nick Banyard, Phil Forte, AJ Luckey, Marcus Smart, Connor Taggart

Tiredness:
After slipping to Judson (Converse) 52-50 in overtime early in the season, the Marauders went 30 straight and captured the 5A state championship with a 40-38 win over Lakeview Centennial. NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Smart drove the title game victory, finishing with 16 points, 11 rebounds and four steals to earn MVP honors. Forte was also a key contributor, averaging 16.8 points as a junior.

9. Willowridge, 1999-2000

Record: 36-1, Class 5A state champions
National ranking: Number 6

Notable players: Daniel Ewing, Ivan McFarlin, TJ Ford, Curtis Walker

Tiredness:
Won his first of two straight state championships behind a core that would end his career on a 62-game winning streak. Head coach Ronnie Courtney then became Division I head coach at Texas Southern for six seasons before returning to the high school ranks. Ewing, who was named Mr. Basketball at Texas in 2001, had a game-high 20 points in the state title game as a junior.

10. Duncanville, 2020-21

Record: 29-1, Class 6A state champions

National ranking: Number 6

Notable players: Ronald Holland, CJ Ford, Damon Nicholas Jr., Zhuric Phelps, Juan Reyna

Tiredness: A balanced scoring offense saw four players average 13.4 points or more. The Panthers have outscored their opponents by an average of 24.7 points per game.