The most anticipated grassroots event of the summer begins tomorrow as 36 of the Nation's top programs strap it on in The Desert Duel, held in beautiful (but hot) Phoenix, AZ. It has been the D-1 Ambassadors pleasure to have been invited to the Duel for all three years of it's existence. This tournament is special in many ways, not the least of which is that it's to raise money for the Crawford Foundation.
Tonight's welcome dinner was incredible. Along with the great food and entertainment, former NBA great Eddie Johnson (who played 17 years in the League and scored over 19,000 career points) gave a great talk about loving the game and working hard. That was followed up by Boston Celtics Assistant & Nike LeBron Camp Director, Coach Kevin Eastman speaking about goal setting and what it takes to get to the top in basketball, business & life. If you didn't leave there motivated then you just don't have a pulse!
The Texas D-1 Ambassadors will tip off the tournament's first game on the main court v. Spiece Mo-Kan (MO). Our roster for this event is as follows:
2011 PG 6'0" Deon Mitchell Pflugerville
2011 PG 5'9" Josiah Monroe Bastrop
2011 SG 6'4" Dylan Cox Cedar Park
2011 SG 6'3" Jake Kocher Austin St. Michael's
2011 PG 6'4" Eric McClellan Austin High
2011 W 6'6" Jaleel Williams Killeen Ellison
2011 W 6'5" Jalen Washington Pflugerville Hendrickson
2011 W 6'5" Max Yon San Antonio Reagan
2011 SG 6'4" Jonathan Perry Fork Union (VA)