Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Kererville Tivy 76 Corpus Christi King 36
Perry 26 for Tivy
San Antonio Sam Houston 78 Dripping Springs 58
2010 P Pier Gordon had 27 for Sam Houston
Austin Lake Travis 56 Austin St. Michael's 55
2010 Zac Karchewski 24 for Lake Travis while 2011 G Jake Kocher had 17 for St. Michael's
Below: Reese, shown as a 7th grader in ESPN The Magazine (as a Texas D-1 Ambassador). For several years he was the consensus #1 player in the country, and perhaps he still is. Regardless, he's a blue chipper being recruited by Texas, Kansas, USC, North Carolina and others despite only being a sophomore. Reese was 5A All State last year, the only freshman in Texas to earn that prestigious honor. Below: An unidentified Lanier Viking flushes one against Rockdale.
Westlake should get a tern test today as they play one of California's top teams in Long Beach Poly today at 2PM
Monday, December 28, 2009
Below 2011 P 6'6" Tre Drye, shown here with the Texas D-1 Ambassadors is one of the top juniors in Louisiana. Showing improvement in his face up game, and with his first step to the bucket. Strong physically, he has excellent back to the basket fundamentals and is explosive. Tonight Drye had 17 points and 14 rebounds despite early foul trouble.2010 WG Brian Williams of Glen Oaks (Oklahoma State) shot the ball extremely well from the mid range. He dropped 20 points and showed his athleticism on the offensive booards as well as with his shot blocking/leaping ability.
2011 P 6'6" Erron Chesterfield of Glen Oaks shows flashes of rounding into a D-1 prospect. Lots of work ahead, but there's plenty of length and athleticism coupled with an aggressive attitude of "I'm gonna dunk on you". Chesterfield had 10 points in the blowout win.
2012 G Darryl Milburn of McKinley has already made a name for himself on the summer circuit and in national age group rankings. It's not hard to see why as he's got a great body, excellent balance and loves to catch and shoot with deadly accuracy given the slightest sliver of a look. His handles are solid.
This was one of those games where the seeded favorite won, with little swing in the score during the entire game. Istrouma kept that magical 10 point lead throughout. Credit 2010 P 6'4" Braylon Lazare with keeping his team somewhat in the game as he finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds. If he could shoot free throws, he'd have had 20. He's the brother of former LSU star Darnell Lazare who is currently in the NBA's D League.
2010 P Terrance Williams led Woodlawn with 13 points.
01o G R.J. McGhee terrorized Woodlawn with 23 points and 5 assists, including one beautiful no look to 2010 P Steven Jackson.
2012 Istrouma G Darius Johnson had 11 for the Indians in their win. " Low Hanging Fruit " 2010 SG R.J. McGhee of Istrouma. Sure fire Mid Major D-1. Had close to 10 D-1 offers after playing this summer with the Texas D-1 Ambassadors. He had committed to University of New Orleans in the Sun Belt Conference. Just prior to the early November signing period, UNO because of a budget crunch has put a moratorium on scholarships and appear headed to D-3. McGhee is 6'5" and has as pretty a stroke as you'll find in a high school player. His range is DEEP! Lacks physical strength, but a good weight program will fix that.
One To Watch: 2012 G 6'3" Darius Johnson of Istrouma. Well built, physical player who is fearless getting to the rack. Persistent on the offensive boards which ups his value. I like his motor. He didn't shoot it a lot tonight, but he scored in avariety of ways including from the perimeter.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
San Antonio Lee 89 San Antonio Reagan 77
Below: Paul Garnica (shown hitting a three in the face of Memphis Magic's Adonis Thomas during a summer game with the Texas D-1 Ambassadors) continues his assault on the San Antonio scoring record books. He dropped 54 tonight to equal his career high set earlier last month vs. Boerne Champion. Ganica now stands within 91 points of taking the crown away from former San Antonio West Campus and former NBA player, Devin Brown. Garnica had some great help tonight as undersized P 2010 Mike McPherson really busted his tail on the boards and hustled his way to 21 points and 10 boards.
What Garnica is doing is transcending basketball. He's taking a group of underdog kids and leading them to bigger things, and he's rallying a community around him and his team mates. The Lee "Red Army" was out in force tonight as well as other curiousity seekers to see the sllightly built Garnica do his thing. At least four of Garnica's three pointers were from 28-30 feet out. Reagan players had no answer.
At half time a gentleman approached me (he'd sent me an email earlier this week) saying that his little boy used to want to wear Spur Manu Ginobili's number in his youth games but now wants to wear Paul Garnica's #3. Wow. I tell these kids all the time, that youngsters look up to them.. PROOF! Tonight was no day at the beach for the Reagan Rattlers. Thought ya'll might enjoy this photo of the Texas D-1 Ambassadors at Myrtle Beach after capturing the prestigious Atlantic Slam II, in South Carolina. Summer team mates from left to right: 2011 G Tre Demps who had 31 tonight for SA Reagan, 2011 P Mark Nwakamma of Leander, 2010 G Cody Doolin of Austin Westlake (San Francisco), 2010 G Jonathan Perry of Kerrville, Paul Garnica of Lee who had 54 tonight (Northern Colorado), 2010 W Conner Kemper of Austin Westlake, Daniel Alexander of Dripping Springs with hand raised (Texas A&M), 2011 Jake Kocher of St. Michael's who is currently leading the City of Austin in scoring at 28ppg, and last but not least D.J. Stephens of Killeen Harker Heights who is now with the Memphis Tigers. 2011 G Tre Demps (shown below at John Lucas' Camp this past summer) of San Antonio Reagan had 31 points and 5 assists tonight in an impressive performance for the Rattlers in their loss to Lee. Demps has improved his strength, balance, ability to get to the rim and has become a much more consistent three point threat. Reagan team mate Max Yon also had a great night for his squad with 26 points.
San Antonio Madison 38 San Antonio MacArthur 36
Below: Memphis Tiger DJ Stephens is #30, third player from the right in the back row. For any of you who know Coach Pastner as I do, you won't find a more optimistic guy. He's a great young coach who really cares about his players...I mean REALLY cares. He wanted to let me know first hand how Texas D-1 Ambassador D.J. Stephens of Harker Heights HS was doing in his freshman campaign."Max, DJ has made a couple of starts for us and keeps getting better every day in practice through his hard work. He goes against a likely NBA lottery pick everyday in practice in Senior Elliot Williams who transferred from Duke. He's rebounding the ball well and night in and out is a crowd favorite (in front of almost 18,000 adoring fans). He's an elite level athlete who is only going to get better and better."
For all you aspiring players in Central/South Texas take heed of DJ's work ethic and unrelenting FAITH. Having received only one offer (San Francisco) after his junior summer, he elected to play his senior year unsigned with the D-1 Ambassadors. DJ did not commit to Memphis until late August of this summer and 4 days later was enrolled at school. Unbelieveable! I will chronicle his recruiting story in the inaugural issue of my Texas Basketball Inc. Magazine which will be published in late January.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
That's where the similarity stops. Kocher is a shoot first, score first player who can make you pay from the perimeter, in the midrange and while dipsy doodling in the paint.
(Below: Kocher in a summer tournament...hey, who's the good looking bald guy in the background???)
But wait, you say. "He's at a private school so, amassing points is no big deal." Hold on folks. First of all, St. Michael's has a pretty good team. Over the last two seasons they've won more than their share against Texas 4A & 5A schools. In fact, this year the Crusaders are 10-4 vs. The UIL. Kocher's overall scoring average is 27.5 ppg. ( He suffered a concussion against Westbury Christian in the 1st quarter vs the Houston powerhouse). Against public schools Kocher now is averaging 28 ppg while many times facing gimic defenses such as the box and one.
2011 SG Jake Kocher of Austin St. Michael's & the Texas D-1 Ambassadors
To date Kocher has lit the following UIL public schools up with these totals:
Pflugerville Connally 37, Liberty Hill 36, Austin Travis 30, Waco University 30 Copperas Cove 39.
I look for Kocher to really step it up in the summer of 2010 during his rising senior summer. Mid majors and high academic schools take note.....Coach Max
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Below: 2011 WG Brooks Pawsat of Hyde Park stole the scoring show today v. Corpus Christi John Paul II. Pawsat is coming on super strong this campaign. As a soph he was a JV player. However, in addition to his natural growth, Pawsat has been working hard on his game this past off season ,attending the All American Prodigy Camp, playing for the D-1 Ambassadors, as well as working on his agility with TJ Garza at Speed Killz. That mixture, along with Pawsat's talent makes him one of the highest scoring varsity players in Austin this year. Today, he led Hyde Park with 34 points and 7 rebounds. Below: 2010 C 6'9" Triton "Tank" Mayberry of Corpus Christi John Paul registered an emphatic triple doublethis afternoon. What I love about Tank is he blocks shots with the old fashioned "Bill Russell Method". He doesn't jump and swat, he stands his ground and keeps balls in play, leading to fast break points the other way. Mayberry had 23 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 blocked shots!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I'd encourage all of San Antonio to get out and see this special player as he makes his run to the top of San Antonio's scoring heap!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Below: As a result of Wagner Coach Cliff Ellis' focus on denying Tivy leader Jonathan Perry few uncontested touches, something had to give. Tyler Kotson wore out the smaller Wagner defenders to the tune of 24 points, all cookie cutters of the point blank power layup pictured here. Perry was hounded everywhere he went, finishing with 4 shot attempts and only 2 points. Pictured below battling old friend Andre Roberson. Two of the Area's top unsigned bang heads, with Roberson and his group claiming the win on the night. Roberson's offensive rebounding was a highlight for Wagner. He's moving his way from low major to likely mid and possibly lower end Big XII status. He's a late bloomer who keeps working hard and improves every game I see him play. Mid majors and ABOVE take note.
Monday, December 14, 2009
When I spoke to Dylan's Pops, Jesus this morning he attributed the comfort in the early decision being made to his son's 4 day stay at the Northern Colorado campus this past June. The Texas D-1 Ambassadors-Carter team attended the UNC team camp and he fell in love with the Greeley, CO campus.
I kiddingly told Coach Hill this morning that he could just sit in his rocking chair in Greeley, CO and make his recruiting life easy by signing D-1 Ambassadors players and not have to run around chasing kids on the circuit all summer long.
I texted Elias' new team mate to be, Paul Garnica to let him know the news. Paul responded with a hearty, "I like that! That's whaz up" He's excited to have Dylan as a team mate. Congratulations to Dylan from The Texas D-1 Ambassadors Family...Coach Max, Coach Chip, Coach Lance.
Dylan is the latest D-1 Ambassador from this past summer's teams (in alphabetical order) to make his D-1 basketball commitment:
2010 W Daniel Alexander Texas A&M
2010 W Matt Derenbecker Louisiana State
2010 G Cody Doolin San Francisco
2011 G Dylan Elias Northern Colorado
2010 G Paul Garnica Northern Colorado
2011 P David Hahn Texas State
2010 P Gus Leeper Arkansas-Little Rock
2010 G R.J. McGhee New Orleans (reopened his recruitment due to UNO's financial problems)
2010 W William Nelson Tulane (Baton Rouge JC)
2010 WG Demetris Smith Lamar
2010 D.J. Stephens Memphis
2010 WG Brian Williams Oklahoma State