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Kris Anderson + Levi Yancy of State-Champion White Oak Earn TABC All-State Recognition

White Oak’s Kris Anderson dribbles past Winnie East Chambers’ Nick King during the Roughnecks’ 69-50 Class 2A state semifinal win March 8 in Austin. (© Christopher Vinn,

A total of 13 East Texans were selected to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches all-state team on Tuesday.

And back-to-back state champion White Oak was represented by two of its seniors — 5-7 guard Kris Anderson and 6-7 forward Levi Yancy. Anderson hit the game-winning shot in the Roughnecks’ 56-54 win over Brock in the Class 2A state final last Saturday. He went on to be named state tournament MVP, while Yancy was an all-tournament team member.

San Augustine’s Bobby Tanner brings the ball downcourt during the Wolves’ 86-63 Class A Division I state semifinal loss to Mumford on March 7 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. (© Christopher Vinn,

East Texas’ other 2A all-stater is Tatum senior Javolick Garrett, who helped lead the Eagles to the Region III championship game.

Pleasant Grove 6-8 forward Dustin Thomas, a Colorado signee, was named to the 3A all-state team.

Five players were honored in Class A Division I, including San Augustine senior guard Bobby Tanner, who propelled the Wolves to their second state tournament appearance.

Also honored in 1A Div. I were Cayuga senior guard Preston Anderson, Martinsville senior guard Hunter Holder, LaPoynor senior guard Deon Johnson and Grapeland junior guard Patrick Walker.

The three East Texas representatives from Class A Division II all came from the same district. Senior Reed Westbrook, who led Douglass to a berth in the 1A Div. II state championship game, joined Oakwood junior Damiyne Durham and Chireno senior Chase Higgenbotham.

Texas Association of Basketball Coaches
Boys All-State Team

  • F Dustin Thomas, 6-8, Sr., Pleasant Grove


  • G Kris Anderson, 5-7, Sr., White Oak
  • G Javolick Garrett, 6-1, Sr., Tatum
  • F Levi Yancy, 6-7, Sr., White Oak


  • G Preston Anderson, 6-7, Sr., Cayuga
  • G Hunter Holder, 6-3, Sr., Martinsville
  • G Deon Johnson, 5-2, Sr., LaPoynor
  • G Bobby Tanner, 5-11, Sr., San Augustine
  • G Patrick Walker, 6-1, Jr., Grapeland


  • G Damiyne Durham, 6-4, Jr., Oakwood
  • F Chase Higgenbotham, 6-2, Sr., Chireno
  • G Reed Westbrook, 6-1, Sr., Douglass


Douglass’ Reed Westbrook looks to pass during a 60-54 Class A Division II state championship loss to Roxton on March 9 in Austin. (© Christopher Vinn,

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