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East Texans Named To All-State Basketball Team

High School basketball is over, but the honors continue to roll in for East Texans, especially at the 3A level.

The Van Vandals brought home the state championship from Austin, so it stands to reason they'd have some all-state talent on the roster. Senior guard Brandon Roberts was named all-state by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. Brandon was also the Most Valuable Player of the state championship game, and averaged twenty points a game this season. Brandon has signed to play next season across the border at Louisiana-Monroe.

Another Vandal was also rewarded with All-State honors. Senior forward Andrew Thompson had a double-double and a great defensive performance in the championship game to bring home Van's first championship in sixty-three years. Thompson averaged 13 points and eight rebounds a game this year.

From that same district, and from Van's biggest rival, Brodie Green was also named to the team. The junior guard for the Bullard Panthers was all-state. Bullard gave Van one of their two losses this year. Green averaged almost twenty points a game for Bullard, who lost in the regional quarterfinals.

Senior Sheldon Stoker led the Tatum Eagles to the regional finals this year, where they lost to Van. In Stoker's time at Tatum, the Eagles went to the regional tournament three of the last four years, and the state tourney once. Tatum finished ranked seventh in the state.

In 3A, the Gilmer Buckeyes were another team knocked out by Van, but senior Jake Holladay was recognized for his twenty points a game with an all-state spot.

In 2A, the Frankston Indians place junior Jonathan Hatton on the all-state list.

Martin's Mill junior Arron Mewbourn also honored with a spot in 1A, and senior Kyle Heingartner made the All-State team for Texas Private Schools. Brook Hill made the TAPPS semifinals.

Reid Kerr (rkerr@kltv.com) reporting.

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