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A LOOK BACK: Who is H'Town's all-time top hoop troop?

Yates has destroyed the rims in HISD for years. By Diana Porter

With the boys’ basketball postseason a few short weeks away, it got us thinking. Who is the top hoop troop over the past 20 years?

During that time, 14 teams have won state titles, but only two schools have more than one. You guessed it, Yates (4) and Willowridge (2).

But who was the best team? Did they even win a state title? See the Atascocita Eagles a few years back.

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The State Champs

Cypress Falls – 2015-16

This Cy-Fair ISD team made school history, winning their first-ever hoops title. Led by five starters who were juniors, the Eagles went 35-3 and beat San Antonio Wagner to win state.

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Yates – 2013-14

Fell to Dallas Madison but won state because Madison had an ineligible player.

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North Shore 2013-14

SMU’s Jarrey Foster and UT’s Kerwin Roach led this squad to a win over Converse Judson, finishing 35-3 on the season.

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Yates – 2012-13

Fell to Dallas Madison but won state because Madison had an ineligible player.

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Terry – 2012-13

One of the best dual-sport athletes in 20 years led Terry to state. Terry? Derrick Griffin was the Championship Game MVP as the Rangers shocked the world. Griffin would later play football and hoops at TSU.

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Travis – 2012-13

The Harrison twins (McDonalds’ All-Americans) punched their ticket to state and won the title before heading off to Kentucky.

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Yates – 2009-10

Considered the No. 1 team in the country by several media outlets, this Lions' team could be the best in school history. Joseph Young, Snap Peters and Darius Gardner left a tremendous legacy at 3rd Ward High.

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Bush – 2009-10

Jordan Clark and Darius Richardson led Bush to their first state title. It would be coach Ronnie Courtney’s third state title from two different teams.

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Yates – 2008-09

Same three (Young, Peters and Gardner) led the way for the Lions’ first title of the 2000s.

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Kingwood -- 2004-05

Nic Wise, the son of legendary Yates coach Greg Wise, won state with buddy Michael Singletary. Wise would move onto Arizona in college.

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Jones – 2003-04

McDonalds All-American Daniel Gipson, who would play at UT, led Jones to state. But it was a few role players who led the way in the title game.

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Milby – 2003-04

Jim Duffer led the Buffs to a 39-0 record and a state title. Jawaan McClellan led the squad as the state’s Mr. Basketball and a McDonalds’ All-American. He would sign with Arizona.

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Willowridge -- 2000-01

TJ Ford (UT), Daniel Ewing (Duke), Kenny Taylor and Curtis Walker ran the table going 39-0 and considered by many as the best team in Houston HS history. The team went 75-1 in two years.

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Willowridge – 1990-2000

Same squad but juniors.

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Other top teams prior to the 20-year mark include 1969 Wheatley, Kashmere in 1974 and Madison in 1985.

Who do you think has been the top boys’ basketball team in the city of Houston?

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