Written by Corbett Smith
Best of the best: 2013 all-area boys basketball first-team includes Ben Emelogu, Matt Jones, Julius Randle, Ridge Shipley, Kendal Yancy-Harris
South Grand Prairie, Sr., G, 6-4
Stats: Averaged 14.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.2 steals for 5A state runner-up South Grand Prairie. He had 27 points and 16 rebounds in two games at the state tournament and was named to the all-tournament team.
Did you know? Emelogu, a Virginia Tech signee, helped South Grand Prairie (37-4) to a state final for the first time since 1975.
DeSoto, Sr., G, 6-5
Stats: Averaged 15.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.7 steals. The District 7-5A MVP, he led DeSoto to a 33-3 record.
Did you know? Jones, a Duke signee, and his older sister Jordan, now at Texas A&M, have pulled off a rare feat — selected in back-to-back years to play in McDonald’s All-American games.
Plano Prestonwood, Sr., F, 6-9
Stats: Averaged 25.1 points, 12.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks. Hobbled by a broken foot, the McDonald’s All-American played in just seven games, but led Prestonwood to its second straight TAPPS 5A state title.
Did you know? Randle, a Kentucky commit, was a four-time member of the SportsDay All-Area team: the 2010 newcomer of the year and a first-team selection from 2011-13.
Hebron, Sr., G, 6-0
Stats: Averaged 18.2 points and 4.5 assists per game for Hebron (36-3), a 5A Region I finalist. He was an 82 percent free throw shooter and made 43 percent of his 3-point attempts, making 2.5 3s per game.
Did you know? Shipley will be one of the three Texans on the Cal Poly roster, joining junior Jamal Johnson (San Antonio Madison) and incoming freshman Taylor Sutlive (San Antonio Churchill).
Richardson Berkner, Sr., G, 6-4
Stats: Averaged 12.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 7.8 assists for Berkner (33-6), a 5A state semifinalist. In the state semifinal against Fort Bend Travis, he led Berkner in scoring and tied for the team lead in rebounds and assists.
Did you know? Yancy-Harris, ranked No. 109 in the nation by Rivals.com, originally signed with USC. He was granted a full release from his national letter of intent after the Trojans fired coach Kevin O’Neill.