ESPN college basketball analysts Greenberg, Ellis to emcee Texas High School Sports Awards show

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ESPN college basketball analysts LaPhonso Ellis and Seth Greenberg will handle emcee duties during the Texas High School Sports Awards show.
ESPN college basketball analysts LaPhonso Ellis and Seth Greenberg will handle emcee duties during the Texas High School Sports Awards show.

Two-time ACC Coach of the Year and ESPN College Game Day analyst Seth Greenberg and ESPN analyst and former NBA player LaPhonso Ellis will emcee the Texas High School Sports Awards, with partnership from United Supermarkets. They join a list of newly released top athletes that will be a part of the show.

The Texas High School Sports Awards is part of the largest high school sports recognition program in the country. Top athletes in most state-sanctioned sports will be honored during an on-demand broadcast at 7 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 15 on the event website.

Greenberg is an ESPN basketball analyst, a member of the College GameDay team and a former college basketball coach. Before joining ESPN, Greenberg coached basketball for 34 years, the last 22 of which were spent as a head coach at Long Beach State, the University of South Florida and Virginia Tech. He notched four wins against No. 1 ranked teams and in his nine seasons with Virginia Tech, compiled a 170–123 record and earned ACC Coach of the Year honors twice.

In the 1992 NBA Draft Ellis was selected fifth overall by the Denver Nuggets. In his rookie season, he averaged 14.7 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks and was named to the 1992–93 All-Rookie First Team. He played professionally for 11 years, then became an ESPN college basketball analyst in 2009.

The Texas High School Sports Awards is a statewide student athlete recognition program. The Texas show will be held after the regional shows, including the Austin Area High School Sports Awards, the Ellis County High School Sports Awards, the South Plains High School Sports Awards, the South Texas High School Sports Awards, the Texas Panhandle High School Sports Awards, the El Paso County High School Sports Awards, the Southeast Tarrant County High School Sports Awards and the Texomaland High School Sports Awards.

The Texas statewide show recognizes the best athletes across the entire state, meaning some of the local winners could be honored in the statewide show as well. The Texas Athletes of the Year and the overall male and female athletes of the year for Texas will automatically become honorees in the inaugural USA TODAY High School Sports Awards and be among the candidates for the national awards.

Honoree selections for state sanctioned sports featured in the show will be announced on the event website at the beginning of July.

The show will be free to watch on any smart device or computer thanks to support from United Supermarkets.

Celebrity announcers that will also be a part of the Texas show include:

  • NBA Champion, MVP and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020 inductee Kevin Garnett

  • Three-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers

  • Two-time FIFA World Cup soccer champion Alex Morgan

  • Five-time swimming Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky

  • Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings

  • National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Chipper Jones

  • Youngest wrestling gold medalist and World Champion Kyle Snyder

  • U.S. Women's Gymnastics gold and silver medalist Laurie Hernandez

  • Three-time Pro Bowler and two-time First-Team All-Pro outside linebacker T.J. Watt

  • Most successful female tennis player of the open era Martina Navratilova

  • Olympic gold and silver medalist and World Champion softball pitcher Jennie Finch

  • U.S. Women’s National Field Hockey Team midfielder Amanda Magadan

  • Three-time MVP, World Champion and co-founder of the Premier Lacrosse League Paul Rabil

  • Hockey Hall of Famer Martin St. Louis

  • Four-time Olympic gold medalist and eight-time World Championship gold medalist Michael Johnson

  • 14-time National Champion Cheer Coach Monica Aldama

  • Olympic gold medalist and four-time World Cup Skiing Champion Lindsey Vonn

  • Four-time PGA Tour winner Ryan Palmer

  • American Ultra Marathoner Dean Karnazes

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Greenberg, Ellis join Texas High School Sports Awards

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