Lincoln Could Win Two Titles In Two Weeks
The road to the mythical high school national championship is a clear one for Dallas Lincoln. If Leonard Bishop's squad rolls through the state playoffs and captures the 4-A state title, that would mean it remains atop the USA Today poll and wins the national title.
No. 1 in the nation is nothing new to the state of Texas. Last year, Willowridge almost won the title with TJ Ford and Daniel Ewing leading the way.
Willowridge went undefeated (39-0) but Oak Hill started No. 1 and ran the table in an undefeated season of their own.
Leading the way for Lincoln is senior forward Chris Bosh who averages 20 points a night and senior guard Bryan Hopkins who makes everything run smoothly and chips in with 15 a game.
"There are some times when you need the film because you may not see it again," Bishop said of Hopkins. "He might have to stay in college four years, but he's going to the next level. He does some things that you just don't see.
"He can beat you one-on-one every time he wants to. He's going to be an awesome college player. They've sold more tickets since signing Bryan than they've probably sold in the last two years. We've had SMU people come to games with jerseys with No. 11 on them."
Hopkins will play in the Jordan Brand Capital Classic in April and Bosh will play in a variety of all-star games as well.
Meanwhile, Hopkins has a chance to be apart of what would have to be some sort of an unofficial record. A national title would mean that he's won the Nike Peach Jam and Super Showcase in addition to the state and national titles. Not a bad senior season, huh?
Lincoln's quest for the state title means it plays Waco University on Tuesday. Its biggest challengers for the championship are Kendrick Perkins-led Beaumont Ozen and Fort Worth Dunbar.
Clearly, Lincoln controls its national title chances. Win out and they capture the state title. Win all five games and they also wind up 40-0 and national champs.