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Jason Sasser

Head Varsity Boys Coach | Red Oak High School

Jason Sasser is a graduate of Dallas Kimball High School, Sasser was a member of the school’s first 5A state championship basketball team in 1990. Dubbed 1992 Mr. Basketball, Sasser was a two-time McDonald’s National All-American and 1992 Texas Player of the Year.  His collegiate career consists of a host of accolades including 1st Team All-Conference, All-Defensive Team, John Wooden Award Finalist, Southwest Conference 1996 Player of the Year, and AP College All-American. The highlight of Sasser’s career was leading his team in scoring as well as an undefeated conference record of 14-0, and their first trip in Texas Tech history to the Sweet Sixteen with a stellar record of 30-2, ranking 8th in the final AP National Poll. Sasser was the 41st pick in the 1996 NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings. In 2007, Jason Sasser was inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Fame. In 2011, he was inducted into the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame. In 2017, he was also inducted into the South West Conference Hall of Fame.

The 13 years of Sasser’s professional basketball career consists of NBA teams including San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, and the Vancouver Grizzlies. Sasser has also played professionally for teams in Spain (ACB), Germany (BEKO Bundesliga), Portugal (LPB), Philippines (PBA), Kuwait (D1), and South Korea (KBL).  Jason is also a USA gold and bronze medalist. One of his most memorable moments is winning the Kuwait League Championship alongside his younger brother Jeryl Sasser Jr. who is a two-time high school State champion from Dallas Kimball, SMU graduate, and a “First Round NBA Draft Pick, going as the 22nd pick of the 2001 NBA draft with Orlando Magic. Jason also has another brother, Marcus Sasser, who was a standout at Kimball High School, who received a basketball scholarship to Frank Phillips College.

Sasser’s philosophy as the Varsity Boys Head Coach of Red Oak High School is to foster growth of his players through many opportunities and experiences he is fortunate to provide.  Accountability and responsibility is at the core of nurturing their skills, talents, and dreams to be the best young men on and off the basketball court. Players will be given the opportunity to develop their basketball skill sets in a structured and challenging environment while participating in mentally stimulating practices and drills that require effective quick decision making, and proper execution of all offensive sets and defensive schemes that will be taught. Knowing that the player’s welfare and development is most critical, Sasser is reminded of a familiar quote, “Hard work beats talent, when talent fails to work hard’.  “Work ethic and effort will play a vital role in our basketball program. People will always consider talent, but hard work always prevails in any avenue of life one pursues”, stated Sasser.

With over 22 years of playing and coaching experience, Sasser was an assistant coach for JV/Varsity Boys Basketball Team of Cedar Hill High School, which was ranked as a top 10 team in the state for the majority of the year. Jason was also an assistant coach for the NBA Dallas Mavericks developmental team, the Texas Legends (NBDL) and head coach of a host of various AAU local basketball clubs.  Away from the game, Sasser enjoys spending time with his family, including his high-school sweetheart, his wife, Keisha and their four children, Alexia, Jasmine, Jason, and Joshua, and his very lovely and sweet granddaughter Kiyah.  

Jason Sasser’s Basketball Accomplishments

High school: Kimball HS; Dallas, TX

  • 1990 Texas 5A Basketball State Champion
  • 1990-1991 & 1991-1992 Two Time All State Team Selection
  • 1990-1991 & 1991-1992 Two Time McDonald’s National All-American
  • 1992 Dallas/Ft. Worth Player of the Year
  • 1992 Mr. Basketball for the State of Texas

College: Texas Tech University; Lubbock, TX

  • 1992-1993 Newcomer of the Year
  • 1993-1994,1994-1995 &1995-1996 Three Time SWC First Team All Conference Selection
  • 1993 Southwest Conference Tournament Champions
  • 1995 Southwest Conference Tournament Co-Champions
  • 1996 Southwest Conference Tournament Champions
  • 1996 Southwest Conference Champions (Record 16-0)
  • 1996 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen (Record 30-2) (Finish Ranked 8th in the AP National Poll)
  • 1996 Southwest Conference All-Defensive Team
  • 1996 John R. Wooden Award, Finalist
  • 1996 AP National College All-American (Third Team)
  • 1995-1996 Southwest Conference Player of the Year

Professional Basketball Career:

  • 1996 41st pick of the Sacramento Kings in the 1996 NBA Draft
  • 1996 8th pick of Sioux Falls Skyforce in the 1996 CBA Draft
  • 1996-1997 CBA Co-Rookie of the Year
  • 1996-1997, 1998-1999 2nd Team All-CBA
  • 1996-1997, 2007-2008 CBA All-Star
  • 1997 USA Gold Medalist in the FIBA Americas Championship/ Tournament of the Americas (World Champion/Olympic Qualifier)
  • 1997-1998 1st Team All-CBA
  • 1998 USA Bronze Medalist in the 1998 FIBA World Championship
  • 1999-2000 IBL 2nd Team All-IBL
  • 2002-2003 Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Newcomers Team
  • 2002-2003 Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Imports Team
  • 2002-2003 Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 1st Team
  • 2007-2008 Kuwait League Champion
  • NBA Experience – Played for the Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, and the Vancouver (Memphis) Grizzles

Hall of Fames:

  • 2007 Inducted into the Texas Tech University Hall of Fame
  • 2011 Inducted into the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame
  • 2017 Inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame

Coaching Career:

  • 2006 – 2011 Head Coach/Asst. Coach - Various Select Teams (YMCA, TX Saints, TX Express)
  • 2011 – 2012 Assistant Coach --- Texas Legends NBDL (NBA Development League/NBA G League)
  • 2015 – 2016 Assistant Coach --- Cedar Hill High School -- JV/Varsity Boys Basketball
  • 2016 – Current – Head Coach -- Red Oak High School ---- Varsity Boys Basketball