Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Great early season competition. Props to the young Lake Travis team for hanging in there and competing hard while learning the game from Coach Lance Carter. The three 6th grade groups were evenly matched. The championship game saw Lake Travis come from 12 points down with only a few minutes to play to win at the buzzer v. Westlake Hoops in the championship and avenge their pool play defeat.From Top To Bottom:
Lake Travis Select is a program that does a great job of instilling the fundamentals in the youngsters. Program Director Lance Carter played his D-1 ball at Mercer University in Georgia and also doubles as a coach of one of the Texas D-1 Ambassadors high school groups during the summer. It's a joy to watch his littlest new crew do the simple things such as passing and cutting away from the ball. If parents of young players have patience, Lance will instill/reinforce a lifelong love of the game in their kids.
Players to watch:
Class of 2016 (5th Grade)
Jack Wakefield (Lake Travis Select)
Class of 2015 (6th Grade)
Hudson Hall (Westlake Hoops)
Jake Budde (Lake Travis Select)
Friday, December 12, 2008
2011 G Jake Kocher of Austin St. Michael's dropped 19 points in the 1st half v. Pflugerville.
2009 PG Jonathan Garza of Pflugerville (Lamar University signee) led the Panthers in the 2nd half to their victory over St. Michaels.
1st Quarter Killeen 16 Belton 10
2nd Quarter Killeen 25 Belton 22
Belton Jacob Whitman 5
Kileen Shon Lewis 5
3rd Quarter Killeen 35 Belton 30
FINAL SCORE Killeen 62 Belton 51
Belton Jacob Whitman 14
Killeen Jefferson 12pts 12 rebounds 5 blocks Ja”Corie Baker 12
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Bottom: 2010 G 6'0 Paul Garnica of San Antonio Lee
In a game that went back and forth for almost it's entirety it was fitting that it ended on a last second buzzer beater by Del Valle's Rodney Lee. Can't say we didn't see it coming as I was sitting with one of Rodney's long time summer coaches, Jim Doolin. "Max, if they don't box out (Lee) Rodney's gonna dunk on them". And, he darn near did. Lee skyed over the collapsed Lee interior D and tipped it in well above the rim for the W. Nice win for the Cardinals.
Best player on the court, in the defeat was Lee PG Paul Garnica. Even with an injured hand he can score from the perimeter, get to the rim at will and has the best court vision in San Antonio. He's a very good student, in addition to being an on the court leader and will be a Big Time prospect...scratch that, he's already a big time prospect.
Del Valle: Rodney Lee 12, Braylon Thomas 11
San Antonio Lee: Ryan Pierce 19 Paul Garnica 17
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
He is currently averaging 19 pts, 9 rebounds, 5 blocks
Springer, like most young big men has plenty of work to go before he's a finished product. He has to improve his strength, aggressiveness, court awareness and overall skill set. Having said that, he has size 17 flippers and a baby face which are pretty good indicators of potential further physical growth. He missed a complete high school season last year, however he's very coachable and in the 10 months I've been watching him you can see improvements in his coordination, athleticism and touch around the goal. His footwork is also better than average. This leads me to conclude that he has lots of upside.
The gem in all of this is that Springer has a 31 ACT score! He will be a very good D-3 player (possibly D-2) that can make a program better. He's getting a ton of mail at the moment from high academic schools and already has several academic scholarships in the bag.
College coaches interested in additional info, feel free to call Coach Max Ivany at 512-791-5455 or via email at TexasBasketball@aol.com
The Springer File
Parents: Al & Melinda Springer of Dripping Springs, TX
School: Austin Hyde Park HS
Club Team: Texas D-1 Ambassadors/Cen Tex Shooters
Academic Interests: Law
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
1st Quarter San Antonio Alamo Heights 17 Austin Westlake 15
Westlake comes out of the gate with a deep three by Doolin from the top. Alamo Heights looks like it's committed to the half court trap and Westlake to its full court pressure. AH is well coached by veteran Charlie Boggess. His team has beaten the Chaps for a couple of early layups for an 8-5 lead. Westlake is getting the perimeter looks it wants, but the last several have not fallen. Nice passing by Westlake and an easy layup by Kemper. Kemper with a strong offensive board and a put back. Westlake 9 Alamo Heights 8 with 2:46 to play in the 1st. Nice high low pass from Big Gus Leeper to Kemper for another easy layup. Leeper with a block on the other end. If Leeper plays this well on a regular basis Westlake can beat anybody. Hartle strokes a 3 for AH and it's tied at 11. Out of the scrum, Doolin puts in a reverse layup. Hartle with a full court pass to Villanueva for 3eeeeeee! Doolin back the other way to the rack for Westlake, and another AH three by Dent. Good basketball. The AH student section has the gym rocking.
2nd Quarter Austin Westlake 35 San Antonio alamo Heights 27
Nice give to Kemper off the drive by Doolin for 2. Doolin shows mad range with the three. You cannot back off this guy because he will shoot it. This is as good as I've seen Leeper and Kemper rebound. Westlake is up 22-19. To this point it looks like it's going to be whoever hits the most threes will win though because that's what both teams are settling for. Steal Doolin. Inbounds to Leeper and another nice pass by the Big 'Un to Meyertons for 2. Villanueva right back for the Mules...and 1. Westlake 24- AH 22 with 3:28 left in the half. Hartle at the line. Miss, Make. Nice board and outlet by 2010 Jeremy Cox to Doolin for the layup. Doolin the length of the court with the hesitation dribble for 2, and a shot at the and 1....GOOD. Westlake by 6 for the biggest lead of the game. Nice fall away bank shot by Dent . Doolin with the NBA triple. ...then it's Kemper from long distance. Westlake 35- Alamo Heights 25.
Thomas Villanueva 10
Cody Doolin 18
Conner Kemper 11
3rd Quarter Westlake 53 Alamo Heights 43
Hartle hits a short jumper. Rebound Kemper, blocked shot Kemper. He's flying around the court with his Texas D-1 Ambassador summer team mate Doolin. Hartle called for the charge. Doolin called for one on the other end. TO Westlake as they hold onto a 7 point lead. Long three by Kemper. Doolin for 2 off the halfcourt trap. TO Alamo Heights as Westlake leads 42-30. I can hear Coach Boggess telling his troops to keep shooting, keep shooting, keep shooting....He has confidence in his kids to get hot and start draining some of those trey balls. Nice drop down low to the AH big man, 6'6" Knox Schroller for 2. Nice loose ball hustle by AH. AH missed three straight deep balls on that possession. Nice pull up jumper by Misquez to pull AH to within 7. Big frosh Drew Wikelius has entered the game for Westlake. Looks like Leeper needs a break. Will the pace be a factor down the stretch? Villanueva with the weakside rebound and bucket for AH. Doolin answers back, followed by an and 1 by King for Westlake. Nice dish by C.J. Shapiro for an easy AH bucket. The son, of another Coach Shapiro at St. Mary's Hall. Funny how those kids seem to make the right play more often than not. Kemper with the long triple. Banks are open. did he call it? lol They put the 3 up on the board. Leeper with the 8 foot shot. Villanueva for 3 at the buzzer and it's a spirited game.
Kemper snags two rebounds to open the quarter. He has a double double. Dolin powers up a layup in traffic off the offensive rebound. Doolin with another hesitation dribble to the rack. TO Alamo Heights. Westlake 57 Alamo Heights 44 with 5:28 left in the game. Nice offensive board and put back by AH Ross Thomas. Kemper answers back on the other end. Shapiro is on the line as Leeper picks up his 4th foul. Make, Make. Houston for 3 and the Chaps lead by 14. Kemper at the line. Make, Make. He has 21 for Westlake. Another unforced AH turnover, and this could turn into a rout. With 2:30 left Westlake is emptying it's bench. Doolin drives for another deuce. Villanueva for 2 the other way. Doolin on the line..Make, Make. He has 30, and is done for the day.
FINAL SCORE AustinWestlake 70 Alamo Heights 50
Thomas Villanueva 17
Co-Players of the Game
Cody Doolin 30
Conner Kemper 21 12 rebounds
1st Quarter Austin Akins 20 San Antonio Marshall 7
With 6:40 left, Marshall calls TO. Senior Jonny Drass has scored all 7 points for the Akins Eagles. With 3:50 left Marshall breaks it's goose egg. Akins 15-2 at this point. Akins is employing a 3/4 court zone trap and then dropping back into man and Marshall simply doesn't know how to handle it, lacking both the awareness and athleticism to run the court with the Eagles. They've had only two quality shots in the first 8 minutes.
Half Time Akins 33 Marshall 21
Drass drops another triple for Akins. 25-10. Timeout Marshall. Akins rebounds, and outlets into layups almost every 2nd possession. No adjustment by Marshall to drop a defender back and at least try and make Akins play out of a half court set. Steal at midcourt by Senior Michael Willie for a dunk!!!!!!! Akins 33-12. With a 20 point lead, Coach Peavey is making his kids work and be accountable. One Akins player lost his guy for a back door bucket and out he comes. Non nonsense. I like it. Marshall goes on a mini run to end the half and make the score respectable. These are high school kids so anything can happen, but I just don't see this becoming a game.
Shawn Caldwell 7
Christian Maldonado 11
Jonny Drass 10
3rd Quarter Akins 49 Marshall 29
A quick 4-0 run for Akins to start the 2nd half and another TO by Marshall to stop the bleeding. Nice turn to the bucket for a power layup by Rashad Miller. Miller follows it up with an almost identical deuce. He really does a good job of making himself big when posting up and has a great power move from the left block.
4th Quarter Akins Marshall
Nice jumpstop by Marshall's Cooper Sylestine as he drops in a layup. The lanky 2010 player is fundamentally sound, and why not..his pop Steve coached John Jay for years and is now the girls coach at Stevens HS. Akins is subbing freely to the end of their bench. Play is getting sloppier, with lots of unforced turnovers at each end. Deep three by soph Yolonzo Moore. Akins 56-36. TO Marshall.
FINAL SCORE Austin Akins 56 San Antonio Marshall 36
Player of the Game
Rashad Miller of Akins HS 17 points
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
1. 2009 Zach Burdick dropped 21 on St. Michael's tonight
2. 2009 P 6'5" Chuck Thornally had a double double, including 15 pts.