High School Sports

Arlington Seguin’s Josh Parrish works hard to top boys basketball Super Team

Arlington Seguin guard Josh Parrish averaged 20.7 points a game, a nine-point improvement from his junior season.
Arlington Seguin guard Josh Parrish averaged 20.7 points a game, a nine-point improvement from his junior season. Special to the Star-Telegram

Arlington Seguin forward Josh Parrish wanted to make his senior season a memorable one.

“Since I knew this season would be my last, my goal in the off-season was to elevate my game as much as possible, mainly to ensure that this season would be one to remember,” Parrish said.

With more on his plate, Parrish carried the load to help Seguin return to the playoffs, was named 14-5A Co-MVP and for that, is the Star-Telegram Super Team Player of the Year.

“It’s quite an honor for him to win the award. He’s a great kid, great person and he deserves all the accolades he gets,” Seguin coach Bobby Thigpen said. “He worked at it and really has done great things for our program.”

I wouldn’t have been able to win this award without my teammates and coaches, so I thank them for helping me.

Arlington Seguin’s Josh Parrish

Parrish, a TCU signee, averaged 20.7 points per game, a nine-point increase from last season. This season he also averaged 8.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.

“It’s a huge honor. To win player of the year is always a blessing, but to win it for the Star-Telegram is what makes it even better,” Parrish said. “I’m really grateful for the fact I was picked for this award.”

Parrish, also named to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 5A All-Region II team, scored a team-high 642 points on 249 of 466 shooting (53 percent).

“I wouldn’t have been able to win this award without my teammates and coaches, so I thank them for helping me,” he said. “Also, I think my overall improvement from last year helped me win this award.”

Seguin made a return appearance to the postseason after missing out last season. The Cougars, who also made the playoffs in Parrish’s first two years, beat Dallas Kimball 60-57 in the first round for their first playoff win in three years.

The Cougars (19-14) lost a nail-biter 76-71 to Lufkin in the area round.

Most impactful player and model student athlete; very talented and gifted,”

Arlington Seguin coach Bobby Thigpen

“This season meant a lot to me,” Parrish said. “To see the improvement show in my game as the season went on, it made me feel much more accomplished.”

Parrish is taking the same path his older brother, Brandon took while at Seguin. Brandon Parrish will be a senior on the TCU team next season.

Both were first team all-district their junior season and both were named MVP for their respected districts in their senior season.

“Most impactful player and model student athlete. Very talented and gifted,” Thigpen said.

“Seguin is a great and tremendous school. I’m glad that I got a chance to play basketball there for four years,” Parrish said. “I definitely had some ups and downs, but one thing I can say is that I slowly improved year after year and developed into a mature, young man.”

“Although it has come to an end, I believe I had a great career at Seguin, and I’m glad that I got the chance to make a lot of people proud.”

First team

F Jonathan Jackson, Jr., Everman: 8-5A Co-MVP, TABC all-state, went for 20.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 4.6 apg and 3.0 bpg.

G Junior Loya, Sr., Joshua: 8-5A Co-MVP, TABC all-region, scored 846 points and averaged 28.2 ppg. Made 288 field goals and shot 80 percent on free throws.

G RJ Nembhard, Jr., Keller: 5-6A MVP, TABC all-region, averaged 21 ppg, 4.9 rpg and 2.8 apg.

G Dalton Standish, Sr., Grapevine Faith: TAPPS 4A all-state, scored 1,031 points and averaged 26.4 ppg, 4.9 apg, 4.8 rpg. Made 166 3-pointers and scored 30 or more 15 times.

F Quinton Brigham, Sr., FW Dunbar: 6-5A MVP, TABC all-state, went for 18.3 ppg and 8.5 rpg for state semifinalist Wildcats.

Second team

G CJ Roberts, Jr., Richland: First-team 7-6A, went for 22.5 ppg and shot 52 percent from the field.

P Nolan Taylor, Sr., Keller: The Pepperdine-bound post was named first-team in 5-6A with averages of 19 ppg and 8.9 rpg.

G Tylin Lockett, Sr., Southwest Christian: 29 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 5.5 apg. Made TAPPS 4A all-tourney team for state runner-up Eagles.

F Logan Dixon, Sr., Burleson Centennial: First-team 8-5A, averaged 23.4 ppg and 9.1 rpg.

G Kobe Hill, Sr., Dunbar: First-team all-district selection led the area with 6.1 assists per game, also averaged 9.9 points.

Newcomer of the Year

G Grant Sherfield, Fr., Mansfield Summit: 20.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.8 apg. Made 84 3-pointers, shot 38 percent from three, 14-5A Freshman MVP.