Friday, February 5, 2010

Austin's McDonald's All American Nominees

The list is paring down for the McDonald's All American Game for boys and girls being held next month. This year the Cen Tex area boasts 5 finalists. First off we'd like to acknowledge the lone lady in this year's group, Lindsay Ansley of Marble Falls.

Once again the Texas D-1 Ambassadors are the standard bearer for the boys as all four Cen Tex nominees are our alumni:

Congratulations to 6'2" SG Donald Dallas of Austin LBJ. After two years with the Texas D-1 Ambassadors and a prestigious Kingwood Classic title Dallas finished out his summer career with Doug Burditt. As of yet he has not signed, although he has excellent grades and has offers from several different D-1 schools.

Pflugerville WG, 6'5" Demetris "Cleveland" Smith has signed with Lamar University of the Southland Conference. With deep range, a high motor and as a tireless rebounder Smith is a joy to coach. He helped lead the Texas D-1 Ambassadors to the Memorial Day Championship in Birmingham, Alabama and then in the last weekend of the NCAA recruiting period last July he beat a Dallas Mustangs team featuring future NBA star LeBryan Nash to capture the Dallas Tourny.

Austin Westlake PG Cody Doolin is my pick for Cen Tex Player of the year. Hands down! He has signed to play with San Francisco and former Kansas PG Rex Walters. Doolin is as tough as they come both mentally and physically.

And last, but not least Dripping Springs W 6'8" Daniel Alexander has signed with Texas A&M. He became the Texas D-1 Ambassadors 6th player to attend Nike Camp; both at Vince Carter's and then LeBron James' Skills Academy. Alexander is a smoothie with deep, deep range and court vision rivalling many point guards.

Both Doolin and Alexander's individual as well as club team accolades are lengthy. This past year they were cogs in our championships in Birmingham AL, The Atlantic Slam in Myrtle Beach SC, University of Texas Team Camp as well as lighting the City of Houston up in the RCS Ice Breaker.

Below: Pflugerville Head Coach Mike Murphy gets in on the presentation act.

Austin LBJ Head Coach Freddie Roland shakes hands with Doolin.
Congratulations all around for these kids, their families and the high school coaches who have played a part in their success!