Drew Timme, Cade Cunningham among former Texas (UIL) high school basketball stars in 2021 men’s NCAA Tournament

The NCAA Tournament is back in 2021 after being canceled due to COVID-19 in 2020. This year’s men’s tournament is filled with former Texas (UIL) high school basketball stars – including first-team All-American Cade Cunningham (Oklahoma State) and second-team All-American Drew Timme (Gonzaga).

Here’s a look at former Texas high school basketball stars in the 2021 men’s tourney, broken down by Region and their college. (Feature photo by Colin Mulvany, The Spokesman-Review)



Gonzaga (1-seed)

Drew Timme – Pearce HS (Richardson)

Timme, a 6-foot-10 sophomore, is one of the best big men in the country and helped lead Gonzaga to a 26-0 record. He averages 18.7 points and 7.1 rebounds and was named a second-team AP All-American for the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Kansas (3-seed)

Marcus Garrett – Skyline HS

Garrett, a 6-foot-5 senior, fills up the stat sheet at 10.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He was named second-team all-Big 12 and is the reigning national defensive player of the year.

Jalen Wilson – Guyer HS (Denton)

Wilson, a 6-foot-8 redshirt freshman, leads Kansas in rebounding at 8.2 per game and also averages 12.1 points. Wilson is currently in COVID quarantine and won’t play in the Jayhawks’ first-round game.

Oklahoma (4-seed)

Keller Casey – Episcopal School (Dallas)

Casey, a 6-foot-6 sophomore, has played in four games this season.

UCSB (12-seed)

Ajare Sanni – Clear Lake HS (Houston)

Sanni, a sophomore, is averaging 12.5 points and 2.5 assists and was named the Big West’s Sixth Man of the Year.

Grand Canyon (15-seed)

Bryce Okpoh – The Colony HS

Okphoh, a 6-foot-6 sophomore, has played in eight games this season and averages 1.8 points.


Texas (3-seed)

Andrew Deutser Kinkaid HS (Houston)

Deutser, a sophomore, has played in two games this season.

Jase Febres – Westfield HS (Houston)

Febres, a senior guard, is averaging 5.4 points for the Longhorns.

Royce Hamm Jr. – Aldine Davis HS (Houston)

Hamm Jr., a 6-foot-9 junior, is a versatile defender and is averaging 2.4 rebounds.

Andrew Jones – MacArthur HS (Irving)

Jones, a 6-foot-4 redshirt junior, averages 14.6 points and was named honorable mention AP All-American. He was diagnosed with leukemia in Jan. 2018 and has made a remarkable recovery.

Blake Nevins – Cypress Ranch HS (Houston)

Nevins, a senior, has played sparingly this season.

Donovan Williams – Elkins HS (Fort Bend)

Williams, a 6-foot-6 sophomore, is averaging 3.5 points for the Longhorns. He scored a season-high 11 points against Oklahoma on Jan. 26.

Colorado (5-seed)

Eli Parquet – West Brook HS (Beaumont)

Parquet, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, is an outstanding perimeter defender. He is averaging 5.2 points for the Buffaloes.

BYU (6-seed)

Brandon Averette – Richardson HS

Averette, a grad transfer from Utah Valley State, is averaging 11.5 points and was named second-team all-WCC.

Caleb Lohner – Flower Mound HS

Lohner, a 6-foot-8 freshman, played his first two years of high school ball at Flower Mound before transferring to Wasatch Academy in Utah. He’s BYU’s leading rebounder at 7.0 per game.

UNC Greensboro (13-seed)

Hayden Koval – CHANT homeschool

Koval, a 7-foot-1 senior center, is averaging 7.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks. He will be a tough matchup for Florida State in the first round.

Abilene Christian (14-seed)

Logan McLaughlin – Hebron HS (Carrollton)

McLaughlin, a 6-foot-1 freshman, averages 3.4 points for Abilene Christian, who will be going up against UT in the first round.

Reggie Miller – Klein Forest HS (Houston)

Miller is the senior leader for Abilene Christian. The starting point guard is averaging 6.2 points and 4.4 assists.

Iona (15-seed)

Tahlik Chavez – Lake Ridge HS (Mansfield)

Chavez, a 6-foot-1 sophomore guard, played his first season of college ball at Garden City CC in Kansas. He’s averaging 3.2 points for Rick Pitino’s squad.

Texas Southern (16-seed)

Bryson Etienne – Bush HS (Fort Bend)

Etienne, a junior, is sidelined this season with an injury.

Jordan Gilliam – Chris Walker Academy (Houston)

Gilliam, a junior, had 12 points and four rebounds in Texas Southern’s 60-52 win over Mount St. Mary’s in a First Four game on Thursday.

Ashton McClelland – Cypress Ranch HS (Houston)

McClelland, a sophomore, has seen limited action in nine games this season.

Joirdon Karl Nicholas – Dawson HS (Pearland)

Nicholas, a 6-foot-9 junior, is averaging 11.3 points and 7.0 rebounds. He had six points and seven rebounds in the First Four win over Mount St. Mary’s.

Ja’Mare Redus – Eisenhower HS (Houston)

Redus, a sophomore, has seen limited action in seven games this season.

Andrew Malveaux III – Strake Jesuit HS (Houston)

Malveaux, a sophomore guard, has played in five games this season.

John Walker III – Marshall HS (Fort Bend)

Walker III, a 6-foot-9 junior, had 19 points and nine rebounds in their First Four win over Mount St. Mary’s on Thursday.


Baylor (1-seed)

L.J. Cryer – Morton Ranch HS (Katy)

Cryer, a 6-foot-1 freshman, is averaging 4.1 points for the top-seeded Bears.

Jackson Moffatt – Magnolia HS

Moffatt, a sophomore, has played in eight games this season.

Mark Paterson – Trinity Christian Addison

Paterson, a 6-foot-1 senior, has played in eight games this season and is averaging 1.3 points.

Mark Vital – API (Dallas)

Vital, a 6-foot-5 senior, is one of the best and most versatile defenders in the Big 12. He averages 6.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks.

Arkansas (3-seed)

Bryson Morehead – Tompkins HS (Katy)

Morehead, a 6-foot-8 freshman walk-on, has played in three games this season.

Emeka Obukwelu – West HS (Plano)

Obukwelu, a 6-foot-8 senior, has played in five games this season.

Texas Tech (6-seed)

Kyler Edwards – Bowie HS (Arlington)

Edwards, a 6-foot-4 junior, is averaging 10.0 points and 4.6 rebounds for the Red Raiders. He transferred from Bowie to Findlay Prep in Nevada for his senior year of high school.

Micah Peavy – Duncanville HS

Peavy has been a factor for the Red Raiders as a freshman, averaging 5.8 points and 3.2 rebounds. His length (6-foot-7) causes problems for opponents on the defensive end.

Tyreek Smith – Trinity Christian Cedar Hill

Smith, another rangy Texas Tech defender (6-foot-7), is averaging 2.8 points and 2.6 rebounds. Smith is a redshirt freshman.

Florida (7-seed)

Osayi Osifo – McKinney Boyd HS

Osifo, a 6-foot-7 junior, is averaging 1.9 points and 2.7 rebounds for the Gators.

Utah State (11-seed)

Karson Stastny – Celina HS

Stastny, a 6-foot-4 freshman, has played in seven games and is averaging 0.4 points.

North Texas (13-seed)

Zachary Simmons – Cedar Hill HS

Simmons, a 6-foot-10 senior, is averaging 10.3 points and a team-leading 6.2 rebounds per game. He helped lead the Mean Green to their first NCAA Tournament berth in 11 years.

JJ Murray – Rowlett HS

Murray, a 6-foot-2 redshirt senior, averages 2.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and a team-leading 1.2 steals.

Rubin Jones – Yates HS (Houston)

Jones, a freshman, was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team.

Mykell Robinson – Hightower HS (Missouri City)

Robinson, a freshman, has played in 11 games this season.

Oral Roberts (15-seed)

Max Abmas – Jesuit (Dallas)

Abmas, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, leads the country in scoring at 24.2 points per game. He can light it up from deep (43 percent) and has two 40-plus point performances this season. Ohio State will have its hands full trying to slow him down in the first round.

Jonathan Alexandre – Legacy Christian Academy (Frisco)

Alexandre, a 6-foot-6 freshman, has played in five games and is averaging 3.4 points.

Nate Clover – Port Arthur Memorial HS

Clover, a 6-foot-8 freshman, is averaging 1.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in limited minutes.

Justin Lovvorn – First Baptist Academy (Dallas)

Lovvorn, a 6-foot-3 redshirt senior, has played in seven games and is averaging 5.1 points.

Kevin Obanor – Alief Hastings HS (Houston)

Obanor, a 6-foot-8 senior, is averaging 18.2 points and shooting 47-percent from deep.

DeShang Weaver – Cypress Falls HS (Houston)

Weaver, a 6-foot-8 redshirt sophomore, is averaging 6.5 points and 2.7 rebounds.


Houston (2-seed)

Quentin Grimes – College Park HS (The Woodlands)

Grimes, a junior guard, had a big regular season for the Cougars. Voted third-team AP All-American, he’s averaging 17.9 points while shooting 40-percent from deep.

Tramon Mark – Dickinson HS (Houston)

Mark has had a sizable impact as a freshman, averaging 8.1 points off the bench.

Marcus Sasser – Red Oak HS

Sasser, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, is averaging 13.7 points and was named second-team all-American Athletic Conference.

Fabian White – Atascocita HS (Humble)

White, a 6-foot-8 senior, is averaging 5.3 points and 3.4 rebounds.

West Virginia (3-seed)

Kedrian Johnson – South Oak Cliff HS

Johnson, a 6-foot-3 junior, is averaging 1.4 points.

Taz Sherman – Marshall HS (Fort Bend)

Sherman, a 6-foot-4 senior guard, is averaging 13.6 points per game. He scored a season-high 26 in a 94-89 loss to Baylor on March 2.

Oklahoma State (4-seed)

Cade Cunningham – Bowie HS (Austin)

Cunningham, a 6-foot-8 freshman, is averaging 20.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals. He was named a first-team AP All-American and is expected to be a Top 3 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. Cunningham transferred to Montverde Academy in Florida to finish his high school career.

Isaac Likekele – Timberview HS (Mansfield)

Likekele, a junior guard, is an important player on both ends for OSU, averaging 9.5 points and 6.7 rebounds.

Avery Anderson – Northwest HS (Justin)

Anderson, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, is averaging 11.7 points and 4.0 rebounds for the Cowboys.

Chris Harris Jr. – South Garland HS

Harris Jr., a 6-foot-2 sophomore, tore his ACL early in the season.

Loyola Chicago (8-seed)

Baylor Hebb – Colleyville Heritage HS

Hebb, a 6-foot-2 freshman, is averaging 3.7 points and 0.9 rebounds.

Oregon State (12-seed)

Warith Alatishe – Westside HS (Houston)

Alatishe, a 6-foot-7 junior, is averaging 9.9 points and a team-leading 8.5 rebounds for the Beavers.

Dearon Tucker – South Garland HS

Tucker, a 6-foot-10 sophomore, averages 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds for the Beavers. Tucker finished his high school career in South Carolina.

Liberty (13-seed)

Chris Parker – Plano East HS

Parker, a 6-foot-1 senior, is averaging 10.3 points and a team-leading 3.5 assists for Liberty, who is riding a 12-game winning streak.

Micaiah Abii – Liberty HS (Frisco)

Abii, a 6-foot-7 freshman, is averaging 4.3 points and 1.5 rebounds.

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