I'll start with football, where 2011 PG Josiah Monroe, who doubles as a QB for Bastrop. Showing he's a general on the gridiron as well as the hardwood, Monroe led the Bears to a 1st round playoff win over Corsicana. He accounted for an amazing 662 yards of total offense, including 501 yards passing. He's verbally committed to play football for Texas-San Antonio but with signing date for pigskin in February there's still time for a D1 basketball school to swoop in and steal him.
In the NBA last night, Minnesota's Kevin Love had 31 points & 31 rebounds. It's the first time that feat's been accomplished in The League since 1982 when Karl Malone did it. What's Love (from Lake Oswego, OR) got to do with Texas? It was a game against his Portland Legends AAU team with Kyle Singler (Duke) on Easter of 2005 that put the Texas D1 Ambassadors on the National map. Despite having the two future NBA players our guys had them down 23 points at half time, coasting to a 14 point win.
That group of ours turned out to have a couple of pretty decent players on it too including our first NBA player in Darrington Hobson (New Mexico & Milwaukee Bucks), Brandon Webster (Fresno State & El Salvador), Bryan Beasley (Rice), Chip Ivany (South Alabama), A.J. Hardeman (New Mexico), Jason Ebie (TCU) & Whitworth "Junior" Treasure" (Texas Southern).
6'10" F John Henson Round Rock North Carolina 10pts 17 reb 7 blocks
Enjoy the true soph Carolina fans before he heads to the League next year.
6'2" PG Cody Doolin Austin Westlake San Francisco 4pts 3 assists
San Francisco's Doolin (l) played 30 minutes in his first game as a true freshman, while North Carolina soph John Henson was Chairman of the Boards with 17 rebounds.
6'5" F D.J. Stephens Harker Heights Memphis 4 reb 4 assists 2 blocks
6'9" P Mike Byron San Antonio Churchill Gardner-Webb 6pts 6 reb
6'4" G Joel Smith Leander Northeastern 10pts 4 reb
Memphis high flyer, D.J. Stephens (l) & Northeastern combo guard Joel Smith (r)
5'11" G Jason Brickman San Antonio Clark Long Island 7 assists 5 reb
6'5" W Jordan Clarkson San Antonio Wagner Tulsa 8 pts
6'0" PG Allyn Cooks Bryan South Alabama 9pts 5 assists
6'8" F Carleton Scott San Antonio Madison Notre Dame 6pts 7reb 4 assists
South Alabama's Allyn Cooks (l) & Carleton Scott of Notre Dame (r).
6'6" G Travis Jones Georgetown Texas State 5pts 4steals
5'11" G Paul Garnica San Antonio Lee Northern Colorado 10pts 4 reb 3 assists
6'7" F Andre Roberson San Antonio Wagner Colorado 6pts 11reb
Northern Colorado PG Paul Garnica (l) & in the far right, on the Colorado campus last spring with his Texas D1 Ambassador team mates on the Colorado campus, Colorado's 6'7" Andre Roberson who had 11 boards in his college debut.
As you can see their is a growing list of players from this area who are not only earning scholarships, but becoming serious contributors at the Division One level. It has been my pleasure to coach them.-Coach Max Ivany