While most of the organization was in the super heated las Vegas atmosphere, the Texas D-1 Ambassadors-Team Cress headed to the East Coast. It was hard to turn down an invitation to Jeff Schneider's Virginia Slam Invitational held on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. Team Cress played on the main court all 4 games and did not disappoint the nice collection of college coaches in attendance.
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A plane ride halfway across the country didn't seem to affect the players as they soundly trounced their first opponent. Jaleel Williams led the scoring parade with 23, Jake Kocher had 13, Mark Nwakamma posted a double double with 10 points and 12 rebounds & 2011 hard charging wing Austin Jenkins of Austin Hyde Park had 9.
2011 P 6'6" Mark Nwakamma of Leander continues his strong showing. Coming off a broken foot, Nwakamma is slowly but surely regaining his explosiveness while upping his skill set.
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2011 G Jake Kocher of Austin St. Michael's, a scoring machine put up 19 points to lead D-1 in scoring. 2011 G Eric McClellan of Austin High also added 10 points and 8 assists while 2011 P Mark Nwakamma of Leander had 13 points and double digit boards.
2011 SG Jake Kocher of Austin St. Michael's
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Eric McClellan continues to position himself as as mid major on up recruit. The lanky combo guard has caught the eye of the Tulsa staff and could become the next player out of the Austin-San Antonio area to head north to play for the Golden Hurricane. They'll be watching him carefully in Phoenix tomorrow at the Desert Duel. McClellan finished with 16 points, while Jake Kocher and Jaleel Williams chipped in with 13 a piece.
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High major W 2011 Jaleel Williams of Killeen Ellison continues to impress as his summer comes to the home stretch. He scored 17 points in the championship game loss to the North Carolina Elite. 2011 W Brooks Pawsat of Austin Hyde Park added 14 points & 2011 G Eric McClellan added 13. Playing with only 7 players, we just lacked a little bit of steam and got hurt on the boards in the last 5 minutes of an intense back and forth contest.
2011 W 6'6" Jaleel Williams of Killeen Ellison