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Richardson’s Cason Wallace named Gatorade Texas Boys Basketball Player of the Year

The honors keep pouring in for Richardson superstar Cason Wallace.

First, the five-star Kentucky signee was named a McDonald’s All-American. On Thursday, Wallace was named Gatorade Texas Boys Basketball Player of the Year and Jordan Brand Classic All-American.

The 6-4 guard averaged 19.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.1 assists for a 32-2 Richardson team that was ranked No. 2 in the nation by ESPN when they lost 54-52 against McKinney in the Class 6A Region I quarterfinals. Wallace, ranked the No. 1 player in Texas and the eighth-best rookie in the nation in the Class of 2022, also averaged 2.4 steals and 1.5 blocks.

Wallace is the first Dallas-area player to win the State Player of the Year award since Little Elm’s RJ Hampton in 2019. Hampton is now in his second NBA season and plays for the Orlando Magic.

Other past winners of the award include Katy Cypress Lakes product De’Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings, Flower Mound product Marcus Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics and Hall of Famer Chris Bosh of Lincoln.

Wallace is a member of the student-athlete leadership team at Richardson and has volunteered locally as a youth tutor and as a youth basketball coach and coach.

“Cason is the type of player you dream of coaching,” Richardson’s coach Kevin Lawson said in a press release. “He’s the best rebounder, scorer, defender and leader on the pitch in every game he plays. He makes his teammates better and he’s just a winner.

Keyonte George of Lewisville (signed Baylor) and Jordan Walsh of Oak Cliff (signed Arkansas) were also named Jordan Brand Classic All-Americans. George transferred to IMG Academy (Florida) in August. Walsh, a state champion with Oak Cliff Faith Family in 2019, transferred to Link Academy in Missouri.

After leading the DeSoto girls to their second consecutive Class 6A state title, Andrea Robinson has been named one of the coaches for the Jordan Brand Classic to be held April 15 in Chicago.

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