Today is the start of many college team's practices. I'll be in San Antonio at the "Roadrunner Ruckus" this evening. The Roadrunners bring back one of the most experienced teams in the country as they have 8 seniors, led by NCAA steals leader , Junior PG Devin Gibson of Houston, TX. My own son, Chip Ivany now a redshirt junior after sitting out last year due to his transfer from South Alabama is itching to make his second trip to the NCAA Tournament, this time with UT-San Antonio. As part of this evening's festivities the men's & ladies' teams have a dance off. It's a lot of fun. This year, Chip and 6'10" Richie Frohlich of Germany each have a dance solo. This could get ugly!....lol Let the college hoop season begin!
2009 WF 6'10" John Henson, formerly of Round Rock LED the North Carolina Tar Heels in their timed preseason one mile run. Look for Henson to make his mark immediately. He's projected to go #4 overall in the 2011 NBA Draft.
2008 G 6'7" Travis Jones of Georgetown impressed big time at the Junior College Showcase in Dallas, TX last week. My phone rang off the wall as schools called for a bigger insight into Travis' past. After one year at Lon Morris JC (TX) Jones has grown from 6'5"-6'7" and has really matured as a player and as a person. Big XII and SEC schools are now interested. Especially fond of him are Iowa State and Georgia. Baylor's in the mix too, but won't have a scholarship available until this spring, so they're asking Travis and his mother Monica to be patient until then. Stay tuned.
2010 P Gus Leeper of Austin Westlake is on his official visit to Arkansas-Little Rock as we speak.
I received a text a couple of nights ago from 2007 C 6'10" Brandon Webster who now tips the scales at a generous 275 lbs. for the Fresno State Bulldogs. "What's up Big Webb", I asked. In his own inimitable way, he retorted "This conditioning's killing me Coach"....lol If Big Webb can keep the pounds off and really take to being fit, a pro career is in the cards for the former Bryan High shotblocker.
Did you know? Texas Tech gridiron star QB Stephen Sheffield of Pflugerville Connally who threw for 491 yards and 7 TD's last week was one of the original Texas D-1 Ambassadors in his 6th grade year, way back in 2000.