June 2, 2021
Cypress Creek High School senior Rori Harmon, who helped lead the Cougars to their third UIL state tournament appearances in four years in March, has been named the 2020-2021 Gatorade Texas Girls Player of the Year. Among her other top honors was being named Miss Basketball by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.
June 2, 2021—In honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, the Gatorade Company announced on May 27 that Cypress Creek High School senior Rori Harmon has been named the 2020-2021 Gatorade Texas Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Harmon as Texas’s best high school girls’ basketball player. The first Player of the Year to be chosen from Cypress Creek, Harmon is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award to be announced in June.
Harmon averaged 18.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 5.2 steals per game this past season, leading the Cougars (32-1) to the Class 6A state finals. She is ranked as the No. 9 recruit in the Class of 2021 by Prospects Nation and concluded her prep basketball career with 2,572 points, 758 rebounds, 745 assists and 700 steals.
Harmon has maintained an A average in the classroom and volunteered as part of community beautification projects in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. She has donated her time as a youth basketball coach.
“Rori is so deserving of this award,” Cypress Creek Basketball Coach Jennifer Alexander said. “The accomplishments and accolades that she has compiled over the last four years are truly remarkable. To be named Gatorade Player of the Year is a special accolade that she can add to her body of work. I am so proud of her as a player but more importantly of the young lady I have had the opportunity to watch grow.”
Cypress Creek High School senior Kyndall Hunter joined fellow basketball standout Rori Harmon in earning many top statewide and national honors for the 2020-2021 season. Among for Hunter included being named the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ Class 6A Player of the Year and the 5A-6A Athlete of the Year by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.
Harmon and fellow senior standout Kyndall Hunter capped their prep careers collecting numerous notable and prestigious honors and accolades.
Both were named to the Jordan Brand National Girls Team on May 22, marking the second national honor for Harmon and Hunter, who were recognized as McDonald’s All-American selections in February. The two prestigious all-American games were canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Both were semifinalists for the Naismith Trophy Girls Basketball Player of the Year and second-team members on the Naismith National High School All-American teams.
Harmon was selected as Miss Basketball by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, while Hunter was named the association’s Class 6A Player of the Year and the 5A-6A Athlete of the Year by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.
The duo helped lead Cypress Creek to four regional tournament appearances, three berths in the UIL state tournament and two state runner-up finishes. Harmon and Hunter will continue their playing careers together as both signed letters of intent to play college basketball at the University of Texas.
Cypress Creek High School seniors Rori Harmon, left, and Kyndall Hunter helped lead the girls’ basketball team to four regional tournament appearances, three berths in the UIL state tournament and two state runner-up finishes. Both signed letters of intent to play college basketball at the University of Texas.
“I'm sure it will be a while before the city and the state see a duo such as Kyndall and Rori,” Alexander said. “What they have been able to accomplish as individuals and as teammates is truly remarkable. Their hard work and dedication to their craft is unmatched. What I have enjoyed most about these two is the impact that they have had on people.
“They are kids you root for because they are simply good people. I was telling them the other day that as much as I will miss them, I am looking forward to being a fan of theirs like many people over the years have become. I am so proud of them and cannot wait to see the impact they make at the University of Texas and women's basketball."