Basketball players

Find out which Dallas-area basketball players and coaches have won statewide honors

The Dallas area — which sent 10 boys’ and girls’ basketball teams to the UIL state tournament in March — is considered Texas’ home for hoops.

It’s no surprise, then, that the region was cleaned up in the statewide postseason awards category.

Seven Dallas-area boys and girls basketball players have been named player of the year in their rankings by the Texas Basketball Coaches Association. The region also has 10 Coach of the Year winners.

Here is the full list.


Richardson senior Cason Wallace, a five-star signee from Kentucky, was named 6A Men’s Player of the Year. Jthe Dallas Morning News’ Player of the Year and McDonald’s All American, Wallace averaged 19.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.5 blocks per game for Richardson (33-2).

Duncanville’s David Peavy was named 6A Men’s Coach of the Year. 6A state champions for the third straight season after a title game win over McKinney, Duncanville (35-1) finished No. 3 in ESPN’s national rankings and could become one of the best teams in the game. ‘state of all time.

DeSoto swept 6A honors on the girls’ side. Senior Sa’Myah Smith, an LSU signee, averaged a double-double (12.5 points and 10.5 rebounds) as DeSoto (35-2) won a second straight state title. Smith was appointed The news’ player of the year. DeSoto’s coach Andrea Robinson was named 6A Coach of the Year after his team finished No. 2 in ESPN’s national rankings.

South Grand Prairie guard Victoria Dixon (10) drives past DeSoto forward Sa’Myah Smith (5) during the second quarter of the Class 6A State Championship game at the Alamodome on Saturday, March 5, 2022 in San Antonio, Texas.(Elias Valverde II / Personal photographer)


Kimball senior Arterio Morris was named 5A Player of the Year. The five-star Texas signee – a McDonald’s All American – averaged 19.4 points and 7 rebounds per game in the regular season for Kimball (28-10), who lost to Beaumont United in the state semifinals 5A.

Morris led the Dallas area in 3 points (108) and was first team honored in all regions. He’s been nominated The news’ player of the year as a junior in 2021.


The DeSoto girls weren’t the only team in the region to earn full-ranking honors.

Faith Family senior TJ Caldwell was named 4A Player of the Year. Signed Ole Miss, Caldwell averaged 18.4 points and 5 assists per game for the state champions. He scored a game-high 20 points in Faith Family’s championship win over Wichita Falls Hirschi.

Faith Family coach Brandon Thomas was named 4A Coach of the Year after leading his team to a 36-4 record and a second state title in four years.

Madison head coach Damien Mobley hugs Madison guard Pierre Hunter (1) after winning the...
Madison head coach Damien Mobley hugs Madison guard Pierre Hunter (1) after winning the Class 3A State Championship game at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday March 12, 2022. Madison has defeated San Antonio Cole 53-51 to win its fifth state championship.(Elias Valverde II / Personal photographer)


Madison senior Pierre Hunter was named 3A Player of the Year and averaged 17.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game for Madison (38-7) in the regular season.

He – alongside 3A Coach of the Year Damien Mobley – helped Madison win its fifth state championship with a victory over San Antonio Cole. Madison started and ended the season as TABC’s top-ranked 3A program.

John Paul II's RJ Jones (24) heads for the basket against Prestonwood Christian's Matthew...
John Paul II’s RJ Jones (24) heads for the basket against Prestonwood Christian’s Matthew Mortenson (23) in the second half of a high school basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022 in Plano.(Smiley N. Pool / Staff Photographer)

Private schools

The TAPPS 6A State Champions also picked up two honors, as junior guard John Paul II RJ Jones was named Private School Major of the Year, and coach Dan Lee was named Coach Major of the Year. private school of the year.

Jones, a four-star rookie, was honored in the second team all regions after averaging 19.2 points for John Paul II (31-7). Drafted to the top 40 nationally in the Class of 2023, Jones holds offers from Cal, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.

In Lee’s fourth year as head coach, John Paul II won his second state title in three seasons.

Arlington Grace prep senior Ajani Jamison has been named Private School Average Player of the Year. The 6-6 forward averaged 16 points and seven rebounds for Grace Prep (34-4), which won the TAPPS 4A State Title over Schertz John Paul II. His trainer, Josh Duke, was named TAPPS 5A Coach of the Year.

McKinney Christian’s James Wheeler was named TAPPS 4A Men’s Coach of the Year following his state title win over San Antonio TMI. Dallas Yavneh Academy coach David Zimmerman was named TAPPS 3A Men’s Coach of the Year after finishing second in the state.

John Paul II coach John Griffin was named TAPPS 6A Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year after his team went 28-7 and won the state championship over Antonian Prep. Dallas Christian’s Calvin Miles was named TAPPS 5A Coach of the Year. Dallas Christian (19-13) defeated Houston Second Baptist in the state title game.


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