Head coach: Alan Simmons (4th year at Lee; 398 wins overall)
District: 11-6A (Longview, Rockwall, Rockwall-Heath, Mesquite, Mesquite Horn, North Mesquite)
2018-19 record: 13-19
Top returning players: Jamal Jones … Jaiden Pinson … Bryce Campbell … Jordan Davault … Nathan Noland … Landry Simmons … Jaylon Spencer … Matt Wade
Newcomers to watch: Teon Erwin … Jordan Enteman … Will Mitchell
Notes: Jones was a first-team all-district player, and Pinson earned Newcomer of the Year honors in the district a year ago … Erwin was the All-East Texas Newcomer of the Year as a freshman at Chapel Hill … Assistant coaches for Lee are Kevin Walker, Mike Smith, Willie Williams and Bryarius Anderson.
Head coach: Don Newton (49-18 at Longview; 373-225 overall)
District: 11-6A (Rockwell, Rockwall-Heath, Tyler Lee, Mesquite, Mesquite Horn, North Mesquite
2018-19 record: 26-9
Top returning players: Malik Henry (64 dunks, 100 blocks in 2019) … Phillip Washington (12.4 points, 7.4 assists) … Chase Glasper
Newcomers to watch: Jalen Hale
Notes: Henry is the No. 14 ranked player in Texas in 2020. He signed with George Mason on Wednesday. The three-year starter was Defensive Player of the Year in the district last season, and he’s scored 689 career points … Washington, a three-year starter and two-time first-team all-district player, has 889 career points and 371 career assists.
Head coach: Chris Grotemat (3rd year, 36-28 at Lindale; 204-148 overall)
District: 15-5A (Sulphur Springs, Texas High, Greenville, Mount Pleasant, Royse City)
2018-19 record: 21-11
Top returning players: Jacob Koeshall (13 points, 5.4 rebounds) … Jaymond Jackson (4 points, 5 rebounds)
Newcomers to watch: Colton Traylor … Justin Farris
Notes: Assistant coach Bridges Gibbs was a standout player for Grotemat at Sabine High School, helping the Cardinals win 29 games in 2011-12.
Head coach: Cedeno Clark (106-97 overall)
District: 16-5A (Marshall, Hallsville, Nacogdoches, Lufkin, Pine Tree, Jacksonville, Whitehouse)
2018-19 record: 18-16
Newcomers to Watch: Ashad Walker
Top returning players: Frank Turner … Sean O’Neal ... Nathaniel Hall ... Christopher Clark
Notes: The Lions return to play in the 66th Annual Floyd Wagstaff Holiday Classic, which is scheduled for Dec. 27-28 at Tyler Junior College.
Head coach: Brent Kelley (221-110 overall)
District: 16-5A (Marshall, Hallsville, Nacogdoches, Lufkin, John Tyler, Jacksonville, John Tyler)
2018-19 record: 5-27
Top returning players: Cooper Clemons … Logan Whitfield … Peyton Kennedy
Head coach: Brandon Shaver (1st year at Pine Tree)
District: 16-5A (Marshall, Hallsville, Nacogdoches, Lufkin, John Tyler, Jacksonville, Whitehouse)
2018-19 record: 24-11
Top returning players: J.J. Sparkman
Newcomers to watch: Jasiah Wright … Joseph Johnson … J.D. Rockwell … Kenny Bradshaw … Daryus Gray
Notes: Shaver is a New Diana High School graduate … Sparkman is a Texas Tech football pledge.
Head coach: Rusty Walker (94-94 at Hallsville; 326-282 overall)
District: 16-5A (Pine Tree, Marshall, Nacogdoches, Lufkin, John Tyler, Jacksonville, Whitehouse)
2018-19 record: 17-18
Top returning players: Benjamin Samples (10.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists) … Jai Locario (2.0 assists) … Ryan Pondant (1.5 rebounds) … Danny Marr (1.3 points)
Newcomers to watch: Taven Jackel … Joseph Melendez … Trenton Smith … Tanner Benson … Taylor Sheffield … David Ruff … Zachar Florence
Head coach: Bobby Carson (748 wins overall
District: 16-5A (Pine Tree, Hallsville, Nacogdoches, Lufkin, John Tyler, Jacksonville, Whitehouse)
2018-19 record: 18-13
Top returning players: Savion Williams (12 points, 7 rebounds, 1.7 blocks) … Lyrik Rawls … Kevin Pinson … Jaedon Knox
Newcomers to watch: Chris Leonard … Niderrick Lewis … Fred Woolen
Notes: Rawls and Pinson both moved to Marshall from Jefferson.
Head coach: JT McManus (18th year at Lufkin)
District: 16-5A (Pine Tree, Hallsville, Nacogdoches, Marshall, John Tyler, Jacksonville, Whitehouse)
2018-19 record: 27-8
Top returning players: Natron Wortham (11.9 points, 1.9 rebounds) … Jackson Parks (7.5 points, 3.7 rebounds) … Jordan Moore (6.2 points, 3.2 rebounds) … Christian Reggie
Newcomers to watch: Zay Shankle … Kavorick Williams … TK Scott … Elijah Johnson
Notes: Assistant coaches for Lufkin are Tripp Friesen and Bryan Baize … Lufkin has been to the regional quarterfinals four times in the past eight seasons — twice in 6A and twice in 5A … Lufkin will be without first-team all-district performer Jerrin “Bugg” Thompson, who is graduating in December to attend the University of Texas on a football scholarship.
Head coach: Kevin Murray (3rd year, 42-24 at Bishop Gorman)
District: TAPPS 3-5A (Brook Hill, Grace Community, Dallas Christian)
2018-19 record: 18-11
Top returning players: Brett Patrakian … Dawson Douglas …. Sid Cleofe … Giancarlo Petosa … Chris Green
Newcomers to watch: Miles Minnick … Grant McInnis … Augustine D’Eramo … Ariel Lluberes … Darryl Jones … Ashton Roberts
Notes: Bishop Gorman advanced to the state semifinals last season. Demarcus Metcalf and Bernard Anderson are assistant coaches for Bishop Gorman … Coach Kevin Murray was a basketball skills trainer in East Texas working with more than 1,000 athletes before starting as a JV coach at Bishop Gorman and is originally from Fort Worth. He also played basketball at UT Tyler from 2009-11.
Head coach: David Robinson
District: TAPPS 3-5A (Brook Hill, Bishop Gorman, Dallas Christian)
2018-19 record: 6-19
Head coach: Jacob Agnew (6th year at Brook Hill)
District: TAPPS 3-5A (Bishop Gorman, Grace Community, Dallas Christian)
2018-19 record: 18-13
Top returning players: Grayson Murray … Joseph Johnson … Tyjuan Cannon ... David Roberts ... William Roberts
Newcomers to watch: Chandler Fletcher ... Preston Hardee ... Garrett Esposito
Notes: Brook Hill has three players who are 6-5 or taller with William Roberts, Murray and Esposito.
Head coach: Brian Jones (3rd year, 50-11 at All Saints)
District: TAPPS 3-4A (Dallas Shelton, Dallas Cristo Rey, Arlington Grace Prep, Lucas Christian, Pantego Christian)
2018-19 record: 24-7
Top returning players: Kyle Patrick (11 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals) … Logan Francis (16 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1.5 steals)
Newcomers to watch: DJ White … Patrick Hallmark
Notes: Jeremy Tatum, Jermahl Battee, Jon Haft and Aston Francis are assistant coaches for All Saints.
Head coach: Cliff Thompson
District: 14-4A (Canton, Brownsboro, Mabank, Van, Wills Point)
2018-19 record: 14-17
Top returning players: Rowdy Godwin (10 points, 11 rebounds, 1.6 blocks) … Landry Nelson … Grant Wood (4.9 points) … Derek Killingsworth (3.2 points, 3.6 rebounds)
Newcomers to watch: Connor Woodard … Jacorian Hemphill … D’Andre Thompson
Head coach: Justin Burk (2nd year at Canton
District: 14-4A (Athens, Brownsboro, Mabank, Van, Wills Point)
2018-19 record: 24-13
Top returning players: Cooper Smith … Justice Collier … Leyton Tidwell … Connor Moore … Chris Hobbs … Clayton Barker
Newcomers to watch: Braden Hawkins … Kavin Keller … Caden Wiley … Nick Fenner … Jett Baldwin … Jon Anderson … Ja’Braylon Pickens
Notes: Assistant coaches for Canton are Justin Huff and Tommy Day … Canton’s JV was 21-3 last season.
Head coach: Dean McMullen (1st year at Van; 350-121 overall)
District: 14-4A (Athens, Brownsboro, Mabank, Canton, Wills Point)
2018-19 record: 19-10
Top returning players: Hunter Hutchins (9 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists) … Austin Mitchell (10 points, 4 rebounds) … Reeve Hughes … Javonta Thomas … PJ Brooks (13 points, 5 rebounds) … Jayden Jacobs (5 points, 5 rebounds)
Newcomers to watch: Blaine Gideon … Luca Kozhev … Aiden Carter
Notes: This is McMullen’s fourth season at Van but first as head coach … Kevin Brewer and Zac Dunnam are assistant coaches for the Vandals … The Vandals will be without returner JJ Kellum, who will miss the season with an injury … Van principal Jeff Hutchins was an assistant coach for the 2005 state title team at Van. His son, Hunter, is a senior captain for the Vandals.
Head coach: Dwight McCowan
District: 15-4A (Paris, North Lamar, Liberty-Eylau, Pittsburg)
2018-19 record: 19-16
Top returning players: Layton Jackson … Dylan Hopkins … Sergio Rodriguez … T’vondrick Henry … Marcus Burris
Newcomers to watch: Sam Bradshaw … Landon Jackson … Torey Phillips … Brett Carmony
Notes: Pleasant Grove finished second in the district, but made a four-deep playoff run with wins over Henderson, Mabank and Crandall before losing to Oak Cliff Faith Family in the regional semifinals.
Head coach: AJ Johnson (1st year at Chapel Hill)
District: 16-4A (Gilmer, Kilgore, Spring Hill, Bullard, Henderson, Cumberland Academy)
2018-19 record: 5-23
Top returning players: Keyjun Thomas
Notes: Johnson previously coached at Elysian Fields
TYLER CUMBERLAND ACADEMY
Head coach: Brian Crawford
District: 16-4A (Gilmer, Kilgore, Chapel Hill, Bullard, Henderson, Spring Hill)
2018-19 record: 10-15
Top returning players: Caleb Watts
LONGVIEW SPRING HILL
Head coach: Tim Ender (6th year, 105-48 at Spring Hill; 335-115 overall)
District: 16-4A (Gilmer, Kilgore, Chapel Hill, Bullard, Henderson, Cumberland Academy)
2018-19 record: 36-4
Top returning players: Casey Mudoh … Vencent Rockwell … Jay Rockwell … Tyrese Jones … Terrance Head … Hunter Hollan
Notes: Spring Hill reached the regional quarterfinals last season before losing by three to Paris.
Head coach: Jeff Coleman (92-55 at Kilgore)
District: 16-4A (Spring Hill, Gilmer, Chapel Hill, Bullard, Henderson, Cumberland Academy)
2018-19 record: 18-12
Top returning players: Jeremiah Hoskins
Newcomers to watch: C.J. Ingram … Jake Thompson … Rowdy Rieke
Head coach: Josh Francis
District: 16-4A (Spring Hill, Kilgore, Chapel Hill, Bullard, Gilmer, Cumberland Academy)
2018-19 record: 10-17
Top returning players: Caleb Medford … Kevin Fields … Jy Fuller … Bryson Collins … Torami Dixon … Markell Washington
Newcomers to watch: Luke Wallace … Devin Phillips … Decorrian Walton … Decameorn Walker
Notes: Francis is a Henderson graduate
Head coach: Markeithlon Tate
District: 16-4A (Spring Hill, Kilgore, Chapel Hill, Bullard, Henderson, Cumberland Academy)
2018-19 record: 11-11
Top returning players: Eddie Ray (19.1 points, 9.1 rebounds) … Luke Watson (6 points, 5.2 rebounds)
Newcomers to watch: Tray McConnell
Head coach: Charlie Tucker (78-72 at Carthage; 221-250 overall)
District: 20-4A (Jasper, Huntington, Center, Hudson)
2018-19 record: 13-6
Top returning players: De’Aundrey Bowman … Montrell Smith … Kai Horton … Quinton Owens … Nick Stewart
Notes: Bowman was the district’s Defensive Player of the year last season … Tucker led the Bulldogs to the school’s first district title since 2001 a year ago.
Head coach: Ryan Stedman
District: 12-3A (Quitman, Alba-Golden, Edgewood, Grand Saline, Rains, Lone Oak)
2018-19 record: 25-7
Top returning players: Jonah Fischer … Kelby Bruner …Colt Marlow … DeVante Stephens … Kaleb Griffin … Aiden Steward
Newcomers to watch: Dawson Pendergrass … T.J. Moreland … Wylie Franks
Notes: Fischer was a first-team all-district performer last season … Steadman said last season was the first time the boys and girls both advanced to at least the regional quarterfinals in the same season.
Head coach: Jim Reid (5th year at Quitman; 405-362 overall)
District: 12-3A (Mineola, Alba-Golden, Edgewood, Grand Saline, Rains, Lone Oak)
2018-19 record: 17-15
Top returning players: Jace Reid (17.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.3 steals)… Trey Berry (13.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.7 steals) … Aiden Corrior … Riley Flanagan … Ben Burroughs … River Chaney … Cody Hawley … Ty Holland
Notes: Quitman didn’t graduate any players from last season’s team … Jace Reid made 100 3-pointers last season … Brandon Fields and Jesus Ramirez are assistant coaches for Quitman.
Head coach: Will Thompson (1st year at Redwater)
District: 14-3A (Atlanta, DeKalb, Hooks, New Boston, Paul Pewitt, Queen City)
2018-19 record: 15-18
Top returning players: Nick Long
Newcomers to watch: Preston Davis … Silas Cowgill … Landyn McLeod … Cole Turner
Head coach: Jarrod Boston (291-195 overall
District: 14-3A (DeKalb, Redwater, Hooks, New Boston, Paul Pewitt, Queen City)
2018-19 record: 31-5
Top returning players: Damion Collins (18.9 points, 11.7 rebounds) … Hunter Allen (13.3 points) … Keyshawn Easter … J.J. Fields
Newcomers to watch: Brody Childress … Caleb Hamilton … Alex Boston
Notes: Collins is a four-star recruit who is the No. 22 player in the country. He holds 19 Division I scholarship offers … Hunter has signed to play college baseball.
Head coach: Ryan Herring (58-104 overall)
District: 15-3A (Elysian Fields, Daingerfield, Jefferson, Tatum, Waskom, Hughes Springs, Ore City)
Top returning players: Tevin Lloyd … Keelan Clark … Kelsey Bogue … Noah Morrison
Notes: Herring was the head girls basketball coach at New Diana from 2013-15.
Head coach: Brett Carr
District: 15-3A (Elysian Fields, New Diana, Daingerfield, Jefferson, Waskom, Hughes Springs, Ore City)
Top returning players: Kendric Malone … Jayden Boyd … Trey Fite … Aiden Anthony … Kendall Williams … Haden Crowley … Dalen Fuller … Decartiyay Allison … Brian Hawkins
Newcomers to watch: Drake Walton … Ty Bridges … Kendrick Beall
Notes: According to Carr, Tatum is the only school in the United States that has two players in the NHSF record book for 3-pointers made in a season — Jayme Bradley with 171 in 2003 and Robbie Rockwell with 168 in 2013.
Head coach: Oliver Deal (1st year)
District: 15-3A (Tatum, New Diana, Daingerfield, Jefferson, Waskom, Hughes Springs, Ore City)
Top returning players: Tyrese Hardeman … Landon Swank … Campbell White
Newcomers to watch: Ryan Wilkerson … Logan Presley … Fred Hardeman
Head coach: Raymond Lopez (299-177 overall)
District: 15-3A (Tatum, Elysian Fields, New Diana, Daingerfield, Jefferson, Waskom, Hughes Springs)
Top returning players: Ryan Shastid (19.3 points, 5 assists) … Jose Lopez
Newcomers to watch: Jeremy Kyle
Head coach: Jon Waldrop (1st year at Waskom; 40-43 overall)
District: 15-3A (Tatum, New Diana, Daingerfield, Jefferson, Elysian Fields, Hughes Springs, Ore City)
2018-19 record: 3-15
Top returning players: Rodney Jackson … Austin Cadenhead … Paxton Keeling … Zach Stump … Carter Watson … Zay Thomas
Newcomers to watch: Daylan Perry … DJ Feaster … Jayvis Jones … Leyton Luster
Notes: David Higgenbotham and Vincent Lee are assistant coaches at Waskom … Waldrop previously coached at Brazos.
Head coach: Darin Harley (343-234 overall)
District: 16-3A (White Oak, Arp, West Rusk, Sabine, Winona, Harmony, Gladewater)
2018-19 record: 22-6
Top returning players: Kedrick Frazier (7.7 points, 4 rebounds) … Grayson Driggs (8.8 points, 2.1 steals) … Jordan Elliott … Matthew Castillo
Newcomers to watch: Blake Wood
Notes: Troup is looking for its fourth consecutive playoff appearance. The Tigers fell to No. 7 Commerce in the area round a season ago.
Head coach: Brett Cloud (4th year, 83-71 at White Oak)
District: 16-3A (Sabine, Arp, Troup, Gladewater, Winona, West Rusk, Harmony)
2018-19 record: 10-20
Top returning players: Dustin Covington (7.2 points) … Carson Bower (6 rebounds) … Brian Williams (5.4 points) … Gunner Solis
Newcomers to watch: Carson Roling … Landon Anderson … Adrian Mumphrey … Cayson Siegley
Notes: Cloud is a White Oak graduate.
Head coach: Clint Helpenstill
District: 16-3A (White Oak, Sabine, Arp, Troup, Gladewater, Winona, West Rusk)
2018-19 record: 8-20
Top returning players: Gage Goddard … Jax Wilburn … Carson Helpenstill … Evan Patterson
Newcomers to watch: Sam Ross … Logan Baker
Notes: Goddard recently signed a baseball scholarship with Panola College.
Head coach: Chad Hlavaty (1st year)
District: 16-3A (White Oak, Arp, Troup, Sabine, Winona, Harmony, Gladewater)
2018-19 record: 7-20
Top returning players: Talon Winings … Myles Foster … Rod Woodson … Jamal Ford
Newcomers to watch: Jaxon Farquhar … Jimmie Harper … Gavin Smith
Notes: Hlavaty, a West Rusk graduate, is in his first season as a head coach after assisting at Jacksonville College, Grace Community, Bishop T.K. Gorman and Gilmer. Hlavaty said the current senior class was in the first grade when he was a senior, and he used to read to them on Fridays in the library… Rafe Mata and Cordelle Smith are assistant coaches for West Rusk.
Head coach: Colby Carr (51-18 at Sabine)
District: 16-3A (White Oak, Arp, West Rusk, Troup, Winona, Harmony, Gladewater)
2018-19 record: 25-10
Top returning players: Savoy Goodwyn … David Robinson … A.J. Gresham … Bre’den Ford
Newcomers to watch: Breydan Pobuda
Notes: The Cardinals won bi-district and area playoff games last season before losing in the regional quarterfinals to Tatum.
Head coach: Curtis Armstrong
District: 16-3A (White Oak, Sabine, Arp, West Rusk, Troup, Winona, Harmony)
2018-19 record: 12-12
Top returning players: Eli Kates (15 points, 8.4 rebounds) … Eligia Carter … Dennis Allen … K’havia Reese … Robbie Hodges … Garrett Glenn … Nick Lncoln … Logan Bohanon
Newcomers to watch: Kollin Lewis … Jakeal Broughton
Head coach: James Mosley
District: 16-3A (Sabine, Harmony, Gladewater, Troup, Arp, White Oak, West Rusk)
2018-19 record: 17-13
Top returning players: Cameron Smalls (14.8 points) … Nick Garrett (10.3 points)
Newcomers to watch: Jordan Benson
Notes: Winona lost in the first round of the playoffs last season to Tatum.
Head coach: Joe Crawford (4th year, 39-24 at Arp)
District: 16-3A (Sabine, Winona, Harmony, Gladewater, Troup, White Oak, West Rusk)
2018-19 record: 9-15
Top returning players: Zachariah Mauldin … Jonathan Blackwell … Tren Jones … Colton Birdsong … Kadaylon Williams … Kajun Horton
Head coach: Don Enis (5th year, 68-29 at Malakoff)
District: 18-3A (Blooming Grove, Eustace, Kemp, Mildred, Palmer, Rice)
2018-19 record: 17-2
Top returning players: Andreas Garrett … Klayton Copeland
Notes: Malakoff advanced to the regional semifinals last season before falling to East Chambers.
Head coach: Jason Morris (1st year at Palestine Westwood)
District: 20-3A (Elkhart, Buffalo, Crockett, Frankston, Groesbeck, Teague)
2018-19 record: 13-21
Top returning players: Mario Black (13.5 points, 2.4 assists) … Bri’Darian Hunt (5.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists) … Ka’Donte Watkins (2.4 points, 5 rebounds)
Newcomers to watch: Brody McClelland)
Notes: Westwood has new coach, Jason Morris, who is replacing his close friend Corey Krampen from last season. Both of them share a coaching background together at Sam Rayburn in Pasadena. … Sean McKinney is an assistant coach for Westwood … Black made 95 3-pointers as a junior.
NACOGDOCHES CENTRAL HEIGHTS
Head coach: Kevin Herron (17th year at Central Heights; 310-221 overall)
District: 21-3A (Corrigan-Camden, Diboll, Hemphill, Newton, Pineywoods Community Academy, Pollok Central, Woodville)
2018-19 record: 22-13
Top returning players: Drew Hiebert (8 points, 4 rebounds) … Devonte Caldwell (7 points) … DJ Ransom … Logan Farrell … Will Grigsby … Asa Dillon … Michael Perry … Cody Monlezun
Newcomers to watch: Trey Huddleston … Preston Watson … Jackson Flynn … Trey Smith
Notes: Huddleston and Flynn are freshmen.
Head coach: Mike Dewitz (4th year, 68-32 at Central; 262-160 overall)
District: 21-3A (Corrigan-Camden, Diboll, Hemphill, Newton, Pineywoods Community Academy, Central Heights, Woodville)
2018-19 record: 20-13
Top returning players: Dylan Cloonan … Braiden Bell (7 points) … Brody Shumaker … Colby Lamon
Newcomers to watch: Hunter Boyett … Caleb Hudnall … Shane Oehler … Ben Shelfo … Johnny Zamarripa … Aiden Dickson … Jarrett McQuilken
Notes: Eric Symank and Khaled Zaher are assistant coaches for Central … Former Central guard Riley Dewitz, who currently plays for Angelina College, is the No. 68 all-time leading scorer in Texas high school basketball with 2,368 points.
Head coach: Steven Lambeth
District: 15-2A (Clarksville, Rivercrest, Linden-Kildare, Detroit, James Bowie, Maud)
2018-19 record: 29-8
Top returning players: Trevor Deel (18 points, 13 rebounds) … Kobe Bonner (8 points) … Casey Smith (12 points) … Carson Burden
Newcomers to watch: Keldyn Schubert … Tyler Williams … Nathan Parker … Silas Murdock … Austin Gilmore … Nos Gryder
Notes: Schubert was the district MVP at Avinger last year, averaging 15.9 points, 9.8 rebounds, 8.2 assists and 3.1 steals for the Indians.
Head coach: Tyson Watkins (28-26 overall)
District: 15-2A (McLeod, Clarksville, Rivercrest, Detroit, James Bowie, Maud)
Top returning players: Tay Johnson … Chase Bynum
Newcomers to watch: Vincent “Puff” Peters
Notes: On Jan. 29, Linden-Kildare earned a 68-61 win over Clarksville to snap a 124-game district winning streak for Clarksville,
Head coach: Lance Loewe
District: 16-2A (Union Grove, Big Sandy, Harleton, Hawkins, Carlisle, Overton, Beckville)
2018-19 record: 16-14
Top returning players: Carson Daniels (17.1 points, 2.1 assists, 6.9 rebounds) … Matthew Bower … Kole Burns (10.8 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.7 blocks) … Elijah Baker (5.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.1 steals)
Notes: Bower was the district’s Newcomer of the Year last season.
Head coach: Kerry Strong (173-91 at Big Sandy; 206-118 overall)
District: 16-2A (Beckville, Carlisle, Harleton, Hawkins, Overton, Union Grove)
2018-19 record: 30-5
Top returning players: Joshua Shipman (12.1 points, 6.1 rebounds) … Carter Oswalt … Caden Minter … Dakarai Menefee
Newcomers to watch: Ashton Schneider … Kedron Brown
Notes: Big Sandy played in the regional final last season, falling to Martin’s Mill.
Head coach: Jerod Roland (70-43 overall)
District: 16-2A (Beckville, Harleton, Big Sandy, Hawkins, Overton, Union Grove)
2018-19 record: 11-10
Top returning players: Jonathan Fraser … Brett Roland … Alex Garza
Newcomers to watch: Carlos DeLeon … Aaron Gallegos … Christian Hale … Casey Yoquelet
Notes: Carlisle’s JV has won back-to-back district titles.
Head coach: Anthony Moore (2nd year, 11-21 at Beckville)
District: 16-2A (Carlisle, Harleton, Big Sandy, Hawkins, Overton, Union Grove)
2018-19 record: 11-21
Top returning players: Ryan Harris (9.5 points, 9.3 rebounds) … Elijah Ramsey (5.6 points, 42 made 3-pointers) … Abram Hairgrove (5.5 points, 30 made 3-pointers)
Newcomers to watch: Evan Allen … Keyon Lewis … Jaedyn Slaughter … Matt Barr … Ty Holland
Notes: Harris started all 32 games for Beckville last season as a freshman.
Head coach: Greg Raymond
District: 16-2A (Beckville, Carlisle, Big Sandy, Hawkins, Overton, Union Grove)
Newcomers to watch: Taber Childs … Cole Ring
Head coach: Seth Hubbard (2nd year, 7-18 at Alto; 22-32 overall)
District: 21-2A (Cushing, Douglass, Gary, Mount Enterprise, New Summerfield)
2018-19 record: 7-18
Top returning players: Skyler Atkins (9.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.6 steals) … Marlon Warren (8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.9 steals) … Jay Pope … Kurrin Sai Jackson … Keithen Jenkins
Newcomers to watch: Will Dixon … Kevin Blanton … Tra’Rell Dansby
Notes: Due to tornadoes that hit Alto on April 13 and the subsequent damage done to Alto’s gymnasium, the Yellowjackets will play all of their games this season on the road … Tray Reagan is an assistant coach for Alto.
Head coach: J.D. Richardson
District: 24-1A (Avery, Sulphur Bluff, Avinger, Bloomburg, Saltillo)
2018-19 record: 3-8
Top returning players: Jakobe Griffis … Ryan Brown … Cristian Aguillon
Newcomers to watch: Brandley Murray
Notes: Richardson is a White Oak graduate who also played four seasons at East Texas Baptist University, helping the Tigers win a conference championship and advance to the Elite 8. He also coached at Pine Tree, heading up their junior high program.
Head coach: Justin Hales
District: 24-1A (Avery, Sulphur Bluff, Union Hill, Bloomburg, Saltillo)
Top returning players: Jacolby Chism … Chris Carr … Kayden Sablan
Newcomers to watch: Jacob Burleson … Judson Jones … Nate McIntyre
Notes: Avinger won state basketball titles in 1977, 1996 and 2016.
Head coach: Dean Nuckolls (14th year, 324-104 at LaPoynor)
District: 28-1A (Chireno, Laneville, Apple Springs, Centerville, Kennard, Neches, Oakwood, Wells)
2018-19 record: 15-1 in district
Top returning players: Isaac Jackson (23 points, 12 rebounds) … Kamron Eldridge
Newcomers to watch: Kase Johnston … Garrett Nuckolls
Notes: Jackson, a 6-4 guard, was an All-State selection last season … Mark Driskell and Octavious Crear are assistant coaches for LaPoynor.
Head coach: Corey Loverson (2nd year, 17-14 at Chireno)
District: 28-1A (LaPoynor, Laneville, Apple Springs, Centerville, Kennard, Neches, Oakwood, Wells)
2018-19 record: 17-15
Top returning players: Andrew Wilson (7 points) … Donovan Johnson (7 points)
Newcomers to watch: Austin Fields
Notes: Chireno’s roster is one senior, one junior, four sophomores and three freshmen.
Head coach: Jason Carlile (6th year, 71-73)
2018-19 record: 18-23
Top returning players: Carson Coker (5.8 points, 2 rebounds) … Will Rose … Riley Hill … Brayden Cox (7.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2 steals) … Jake Carlisle (13.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.7 steals)
Newcomers to watch: Zach Stoner … Josh Deever … Luke Emmerson … Garrett Walker
Notes: Ryan Tomlin is an assistant coach for Tyler HEAT, which is a team consisting of home-schooled students.