Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Our complete preview of the boys high school hoops playoffs
2012 brings us a boys basketball playoff brimming with storylines. Flower Mound Marcus and Kimball are trying to repeat. Richland could shock the establishment, as could Highland Park, Hillcrest or South Grand Prairie. Wilmer-Hutchins might make it back to the state tournament under a new name, that is if it can get by rival Madison and other area 3A teams like Princeton, Lovejoy and Frisco Lone Star. There’s plenty of great basketball to be played through March 10.
Averages 23.2 points per game; has made 74 3-pointers
Arl. Grace Prep
McDonald’s All-American can dominate games with defense
Weber St. signee leads 5A area schools in scoring, rebounding
Area’s scoring leader at 30.4 points a game
Averaging 17.4 points in breakout junior season
Jones (committed to Duke) might be area’s best shooter
Irving transfer has been Kimball’s top option all season
Averages 16.9 points, up from five-point average last season
Has scored 54 and 42 points in games
Area’s best junior; averages 21.2 points. 8.7 rebounds
Inspired by lackluster performance in state semifinal last year
Area’s best all-around player: 13.8 pts., 9 rebs., 4.7 assists
District winners ready for a deep playoff run
Flower Mound Marcus
Champs have the pieces — Smart, Phil Forte, Nick Banyard — and discipline to repeat
Fort Worth Trimble Tech
Trimble Tech is the class of Fort Worth, defeated 5A Cedar Hill twice this season
Garland Naaman Forest
Has only lost once since losing two games in Whataburger Tournament
Loss of four senior starters from last season only helped this team
Lost only once in 15-4A
Beat The Colony twice; ready to consolidate breakout season
Excellent as always, could face FM Marcus in regional semifinal again
Can the Rams get out of the first round, where they have lost the last two seasons?
Buzz team of the area after its victory against FM Marcus in late December
South Grand Prairie
31-2, defense allows just 45.2 points a game
Two wins against annual Achilles heel Lincoln prove Woodrow is ready for the big time
Point guard who feeds the ball to Randle and Zach Peters
Has made 100 3-pointers this season
Last year’s 4A state championship MVP
Averages 6.7 assists per game
Arl. Grace Prep
Stepped up in TAPPS title game last year (team-high 16 points)
Averages 6.7 points and 6.7 assists per game
Diminutive guard dishes well to Matt Jones and can score
Team’s No. 2 scorer can light it up, as he did vs. FM Marcus for 27
Averages 12 points, five assists per game; has taken 14 charges
Had 17 assists in one game this season
Top inside presences
Nancy Lieberman’s son, averages 7.8 rebounds per game
Averages 14.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per game
La. Tech signee averages 13.5 points and 10 rebounds per game
Healthy again, averages 11.6 rebounds per game
Garland Naaman Forest
Texas signee can block and rebound — 8.7 per game
Averages 20.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game
Kansas signee, complements Randle on the glass
Inside and out game, averages 17 points and 9.3 rebounds per game
Averages 28.6 points and 13 rebounds per game
State tournament facts
The last team to repeat as a state champion was South Oak Cliff in 2007 and 2008.
Buna’s Don Stanley (1957) and Crane’s Tommy Jones (1969) hold the record for most points scored in a state tournament game with 51.
Waxahachie has been to the state tournament 10 times, the most of any area team.
2002 was the last time Dallas-Fort Worth did not have a team in a 5A or 4A state title game.
The Dallas ISD has had at least one participant in a state championship game since 2004.
North Crowley has made at least the regional semifinal every year since 2008.
Flower Mound Marcus could become the first D-FW team with three straight trips since South Oak Cliff (2005-08)
S. Grand Prairie
Averages 12.2 points, 4.7 assists per game
Catalyst for Hillcrest’s success
Averages 19 points, 8.1 rebounds per game
Colo. St. signee can score in a hurry from the outside
Averages 5.3 assists per game
All-around talent averages 11.8 pts., 6.3 rebs., 4.7 assts.
Leading scorer and steady hand at the guard position
Flower Mound Marcus vs. Richland in the third round: Fans have wanted a rematch of this game since Richland won in December.
Highland Park vs. Kimball in the second round: Scots can validate impressive regular season with win.
South Grand Prairie vs. Flower Mound Marcus in the regional final: The 5A teams with the best regular-season records.
Madison vs. Wilmer-Hutchins in the regional final: They split the regular-season series.
South Oak Cliff vs. Woodrow Wilson in the regional final: The cream of the DISD would face off for the first time this season.
Mesquite: Defeated DeSoto, has top athlete in Alex Cooper.
Carrollton Ranchview: Has lost twice to Wilmer-Hutchins and Madison but could have won three of those games.
Hillcrest: Two victories against Woodrow Wilson validate its talent, but it has also lost twice to Lincoln.
Colleyville Heritage: Has defeated Richland and top 4A team Fort Worth Trimble Tech.
Flower Mound Marcus: The road to the state championship is never easy in 5A, but Marcus has a knack for winning the tight games.
South Oak Cliff: Two victories against Kimball show that South Oak Cliff means business. Golden Bears lost to Lincoln in the third round last year after LeBryan Nash forced overtime at the buzzer.
Madison: Madison has made the state tournament two of the last three years, winning in 2009. Expect it or Wilmer-Hutchins to play in Austin.
Possible first-round upsets
Hebron over Keller Central: Central has been strong lately but has losses against teams comparable in talent to Hebron, such as Carrollton Creekview and Irving MacArthur.
Hillcrest over Kimball: Hillcrest lost by three to Kimball in the DISD tournament