When most think of high school athletics in the state of Texas, they likely think of 25,000-seat stadiums and towns shutting down for the local Friday night football game. No doubt that high school football in Texas is serious, but it isn’t the only sport worth watching at the youth level.
According to a report by Eleven Warriors, Texas leads in the number and percentage of players contributed to the NCAA tournament. Some 89 players, or 8.76 percent of players in the NCAA tournament come from the great state of Texas.
Part of it is undoubtedly due to the fact that Texas (along with six other states) have the most teams in the NCAA tournament this season. Texas will be represented by Baylor, Stephen F. Austin, the University of Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
California is up next, with a total of 71 players. Rounding out the top five states with the most players are North Carolina (54), New York (52) and Illinois (49).
Overall, there are 26 states that have 10 or more players on NCAA tournament rosters.
Just 19 states failed to field a team in the NCAA tournament, yet just three states — Maine, North Dakota and Vermont — failed to put a single player in the NCAA tournament this season.