“I think Wagner will be the best team in 5A in San
Antonio. They lack size, but they have skill, and
they play tough defense. They have talent and
While three other Wagner teams managed at
least 29 wins in the past decade, the 2016-2017
Thunderbirds are at the top of the list because
they made the state final for the only time in
school history. That team finished 36-3 and lost
to Cypress Falls 63-57 in the championship game.
Tristan Clark, who is now at Baylor, led that Wagner
team as he was the state’s Player of the Year
in Class 6A. He was also the eighth-ranked recruit
in Texas, averaging 17.5 points, 10.1 rebounds
and 2.1 blocks, and earning honors as the San
Antonio Express-News Player of the Year.
Meanwhile, two players now in the NBA – 6-5
guard Jordan Clarkson and 6-7 forward Andre
Roberson – led the 2009-2010 team to a 39-2
record and a second straight berth in the state
semifinals. That team – coached by Clifton Ellis –
was so good that it was ranked 22nd in the nation
despite not winning state.
As juniors, Clarkson and Roberson led Wagner
to a 32-8 record and, of course, that first berth in
the state semifinals.
Interestingly, Clarkson and Roberson have remained
close friends, even one decade later.
Perhaps that is no surprise given that they went
105-14 in their three years together at Wagner.
“I was going to shoot the ball,” Clarkson told The
Los Angeles Daily News when asked about his high
school days. “(Roberson) was going to get the
rebound if I missed. He was my right-hand man.”
Wagner recently retired the jersey numbers of
both Clarkson and Roberson, who agreed with
his former teammate’s assessment of their high
As seniors, Clarkson averaged 18.9 points while
Roberson averaged 15.1 points, 12.0 rebounds
and 1.7 blocks.
“I would do all the dirty work,” Roberson said.
“(Clarkson) would get the buckets, and I would
get the steals, blocks and rebounds.”
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