Preseason basketball polls feature local flavor

Guyer freshman guard De'Vion Harmon (11) puts one up against South Grand Prarie, Friday, February 26, 2016, at Colleyville Heritage High School in Colleyville, Texas. David Minton/DRC

Guyer freshman guard De’Vion Harmon (11) puts one up against South Grand Prarie, Friday, February 26, 2016, at Colleyville Heritage High School in Colleyville, Texas. David Minton/DRC

While we’re knee deep in football season with just a few weeks remaining in the regular season, it’s pretty easy to forget that basketball season is just around the corner. 

The Texas Association of Basketball Coaches released their preseason state polls this week, and there are several area teams featured prominently, most notably the Guyer boys and the two-time defending girls 4A champions from Argyle.

Follow the jump to see each classification’s rankings with area teams highlighted…

Boys – Class 6A

1.          Austin Westlake

2.          FB Bush

3.          SA Wagner

4.          Aldine Davis

5.          N. Crowley

6.          Denton Guyer

7.          Tascosa

8.          Dickinson

9.          Cedar Hill

10.           H. Sam Houston

11.           RR McNeil

12.           Skyline

13.           Steele

14.           North Shore

15.           Laredo United

16.           Dawson

17.           Desoto

18.           Atascocita

19.           McAllen Rowe

20.           Rockwall Heath

21.           Edinburg Vela

22.           Garland Lakeview

23.          Keller

24.           Westfield

25.           Cy-Falls

Notable: Guyer is No. 6 in the poll, which is quite impressive in the 6A poll. Guyer was preseason No. 1 a few years back in the old Class 4A (current 5A) but things ended up not working out too well for the Wildcats, who had some injury issues and just never jelled. This team has the makings of a legitimate state-title contender with sophomore sensations De’Vion Harmon and Jalen Wilson returning off great freshman seasons, as well as a move-in from Bishop Dunne in Grayson Carter, who has plenty of big-time offers from powerful high-major programs, including Texas, Texas A&M, Kansas State and Iowa State. They’re going to be fun to watch.

Guyer senior guard Lauren Heard (20) takes off on a breakaway against Flower Mound in a playoff game last season at Lake Dallas High School in Corinth, Texas. David Minton/DRC

Guyer senior guard Lauren Heard (20) takes off on a breakaway against Flower Mound in a playoff game last season at Lake Dallas High School in Corinth, Texas. David Minton/DRC

Girls – Class 6A

1.

Duncanville

2

Dekaney

3

Clear Springs

4

South Grand Prairie

5

North Shore

6

Pflugerville

7

Austin Bowie

8

Cibolo Steele

9

Wagner

10

Cedar Hill

11

S A Johnson

12

Cy-Ranch

13

Mesquite Horn

14

Richardson

15

Irving MacArthur

16

Judson

17

Hightower

18

Cy-Woods

19

Euless Trinity

20

Skyline

21

Vista Ridge

22

Denton Guyer

23

Westwood

24

Atascocita

25

Weslaco

Notable: Guyer lost a lot last year in the form of Bre Wickware, who’s now a freshman at Indiana, but the Lady Wildcats will still be plenty competitive under first-year head coach Aimee Kilgore, who takes over for the departed Andrea Robinson (DeSoto). Lauren Heard (TCU) is a phenomenally athletic guard who controls the floor on both ends, and Sydney Meador came into her own last year as a sharp-shooting two-guard.

Ryan head coach Bryce Overstreet talks to his players during a timeout against Guyer, Tuesday, February 10, 2015, in Denton, TX. David Minton/DRC

Ryan head coach Bryce Overstreet talks to his players during a timeout against Guyer, Tuesday, February 10, 2015, in Denton, TX. David Minton/DRC

Boys – Class 5A

1.      Lancaster

2.      Austin LBJ

3.      FB Marshall

4.      South Oak Cliff

5.      Beaumont Ozen

6.      Amarillo

7.      Crowley

8.      Alamo Heights

9.      FB Elkins

10.   Manvel

11.   EP Burgess

12.   Beaumont Central

13.   Waco University

14.   SA Jefferson

15.   Lubbock Coronado

16.   Angleton

17.   Denton Ryan

18.   Humble

19.   Laredo Nixon

20.   Uvalde

21.   Chisolm Trail

22.   EP Eastlake

23.   CC Veterans Memorial

24.   McKinney North

25.   Mt. Pleasant

Notable: Ryan checks in at No. 17 despite losing several of its big-name players over the past couple of years, but the Raiders will always have athletes and as long as they have Bryce Overstreet on the bench, they’ll put together a solid team. Also, moving down from Class 6A certainly doesn’t hurt matters.

Argyle's David Davis (5) passes the ball against Wilmer-Hutchins Monday, March 2, 2015, at Loos Fieldhouse in Addison, TX. Matt Garnett/Special Contributor

Argyle’s David Davis (5) passes the ball against Wilmer-Hutchins Monday, March 2, 2015, at Loos Fieldhouse in Addison, TX. Matt Garnett/Special Contributor

Class 4A boys

1.          D. Lincoln

2.          Silsbee

3.          Yates

4.          Abilene Wylie

5.          Eastacado

6.          Argyle

7.          D. Faith Family

8.          North Forest

9.          Wharton

10.           Brazosport

11.           Burkburnett

12.           Wilmer-Hutchins

13.           Wheatley

14.           Boerne

15.           Navarro

16.           Huffman-Hargrave

17.           Waxahachie Life

18.           Seminole

19.           Paris

20.           Beeville Jones

21.           Stafford

22.           West Oso

23.           Mexia

24.           Levelland

25.           Pleasant Grove

Notable: Argyle begins the year ranked 6th in the state, which is no surprise as the Eagles are perennially a top-10 team in the state

Argyle forward Vivian Gray (12) drives under pressure from Waco La Vega guard Kobi Gill (2) during their UIL Class 4A state semifinal girls basketball game on Friday, March 6, 2015 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)

Argyle forward Vivian Gray (12) drives under pressure from Waco La Vega guard Kobi Gill (2) during their UIL Class 4A state semifinal girls basketball game on Friday, March 6, 2015 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)

Girls – Class 4A

1.

Argyle

2.

Abilene Wylie

3.

Dallas Lincoln

4.

Boerne

5.

Liberty Hill

6.

Tatum

7.

Godley

8.

Navasota

9.

Bullard

10.

Devine

11.

Midland Greenwood

12.

Cleveland

13.

Seminole

14.

Fredericksburg

15.

Canton

16.

Houston Wheatley

17.

Brownwood

18.

Brazosport

19.

Stephenville

20.

Sanger

21.

Levelland

22.

Mexia

23.

Diboll

24.

Aransas Pass

25.

Orange Grove

Notable: Argyle is well on it way to a third straight state championship after losing just one senior starter from last year’s team. Do-it-all Vivian Gray is one of the nation’s most sought-after players and will be going for her third title in as many years after losing in the title game as a freshman. Fresno State commit Gabby Standifer also returns along with Jocelyn Pierce and Madison Ralston. The Lady Eagles will once again be loaded and probably not really tested by a 4A opponent until the state tournament.

Ponder sophomore guard Chase Harris (32) leaps up between Bowie freshman Gary Mosley (44) and senior Cooper Cantwell (14), Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Decatur High School in Decatur, TX. David Minton/DRC

Ponder sophomore guard Chase Harris (32) leaps up between Bowie freshman Gary Mosley (44) and senior Cooper Cantwell (14), Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Decatur High School in Decatur, TX. David Minton/DRC

Boys – Class 3A

1.          La Marque

2.          D. Madison

3.          Triple A

4.          Brock

5.          Santa Rosa

6.          Ponder

7.          Teague

8.          Kountze

9.          Littlefield

10.           Peaster

11.           Rice

12.           S.A. Cole

13.           Wall

14.           Hempstead

15.           Industrial

16.           Canadian

17.           Mt. Vernon

18.           Jefferson

19.           S.A. Randolph

20.           Childress

21.           Hallettsville

22.           Daingerfield

23.           Marion

24.           Bowie

25.           White Oak

Notable: Continuing the trend of 6, the Ponder Lions crack the poll at No. 6 looking for their sixth state championship under longtime head coach Jude Stanley. The Lions lost star point guard Brady Anderson, but still have sharpshooter Chase Harris along with a host of younger players that cut their teeth last season.

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