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

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).
Drew Timme

Gonzaga forward Drew Timme (2) fends off the defense of Brigham Young forward Matt Haarms (3) to score 2-points during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thurs., Jan. 7, 2021, in the McCarthey Athletic Center.

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)

FORMER TEXAS STARS IN 2021 NCAA TOURNAMENT

WEST REGION

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.

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EAST REGION

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.

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SOUTH REGION

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.

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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.

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MIDWEST REGION

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.