RICHMOND—The Fort Bend Travis High School boys’ basketball team has finished seventh nationally for the 2012-13 season. The announcement was made by MaxPreps, a California-based company that ranks more than 20,000 high school boys’ varsity basketball teams nationwide.
Fort Bend Travis (33-5) closed out the season with nine consecutive wins, culminating with a 46-38 victory over South Grand Prairie on March 9, to claim the Texas 5A state championship. It was only the sixth varsity basketball season since the school opened seven years ago. Fort Bend Travis is one of 10 basketball teams being honored on the seventh annual boys’ MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard.
"MaxPreps is thrilled to work with the Army National Guard to honor America’s finest high school boys’ basketball teams with the prestigious Army National Guard national ranking trophy," said President and Founder Andy Beal. "Coach Brownson and the Fort Bend Travis Tigers have proven on the court that they are among the nation’s truly elite high school hoops teams. We salute the coach, the young men on the team and Fort Bend Travis High School for a job well done."
"It’s a tremendous honor to be mentioned with the top high school basketball teams in the United States. It’s been a great season with a lot of tremendous honors and a state championship and this is just the icing on the cake to that," said Fort Bend Travis head basketball coach Craig Brownson, who completed his seventh season. Brownson guided the Tigers to a 36-4 mark the previous season.
The Tigers were paced by the tandem of senior twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison, who will both play for the University of Kentucky next season. Aaron was the team’s leading scorer with a 23.1 point average. He also averaged 5.2 rebounds and two assists. Andrew, who was the point guard, netted 14.1 points while averaging 6.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists per contest.
Texas Sergeant First Class Richard Flores presented Coach Brownson and the team with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy during an assembly Tuesday morning. The team also received a banner for its accomplishments.
"For years, the Army National Guard has recognized nationally ranked basketball teams with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy," said Lieutenant Colonel Christian J. Johnson of the Army National Guard. "We take great pride in doing so because it symbolizes the indomitable spirit common to high school athletes and the U.S. Soldier. It is our honor to share this symbol with the team, coaches, parents, and school. It is an award for the entire community and is much deserved."
MaxPreps uses a sophisticated computer program, known as the Freeman Rankings, to determine team rank for the Tour of Champions. The system utilizes the huge number of game results stored in the MaxPreps database. Generally, the more a team wins the higher the ranking, but the system takes into account quality wins (against other highly ranked opponents), margin of victory, and strength of schedule. Playoff games are weighted 2.1 times a regular season game.