LSU practice at the Pete Maravich Assembly CenterA Happy New Year to all! I’m enjoying the heck out of my visit to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Great hospitaility, good food, golf and a smorgasbord of basketball made for an outstanding way to end 2008. While here I had a chance to evaluate several kids and added them to our recruiting database under the “Texas State Player Rankings” even though they are Louisiana kids. They were 2010 W 6’5″ Brian Williams of Glen Oaks, 2011 P 6’6″ Trevante Drye also of Glen Oaks and finally 2010 G 6’4″ Ronald McGee of Istrouma HS.
Top: Coach Max holding the Texas Valero Open Trophy (which I did not win) BUT I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night..lol Actually this was courtesy of my friend Charlie Drago of Monarch Trophy who was good enough to let me hold it. Middle: San Antonio Lee 2010 6’0″ PG Paul Garnica who dropped 53 on San Antonio Reagan this past Monday in a thrilling 90-89 win. This was the 3rd time in the month of December that the silky smooth junior sharpshooter has gone over 40 points in a game. He had 42 v. San Antonio Jay, and 49 v Hays Lehman before his 53 point outburst.
Lake Travis wins on buzzer beater!
Great early season competition. Props to the young Lake Travis team for hanging in there and competing hard while learning the game from Coach Lance Carter. The three 6th grade groups were evenly matched. The championship game saw Lake Travis come from 12 points down with only a few minutes to play to win at the buzzer v. Westlake Hoops in the championship and avenge their pool play defeat.From Top To Bottom:
Lake Travis Select is a program that does a great job of instilling the fundamentals in the youngsters. Program Director Lance Carter played his D-1 ball at Mercer University in Georgia and also doubles as a coach of one of the Texas D-1 Ambassadors high school groups during the summer. It’s a joy to watch his littlest new crew do the simple things such as passing and cutting away from the ball. If parents of young players have patience, Lance will instill/reinforce a lifelong love of the game in their kids.
Players to watch:
Jack Wakefield (Lake Travis Select)
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2011 G Jake Kocher of Austin St. Michael’s dropped 19 points in the 1st half v. Pflugerville.
2009 PG Jonathan Garza of Pflugerville (Lamar University signee) led the Panthers in the 2nd half to their victory over St. Michaels.
1st Quarter Killeen 16 Belton 10
2nd Quarter Killeen 25 Belton 22
Belton Jacob Whitman 5
Kileen Shon Lewis 5
3rd Quarter Killeen 35 Belton 30
FINAL SCORE Killeen 62 Belton 51
Belton Jacob Whitman 14
Killeen Jefferson 12pts 12 rebounds 5 blocks Ja”Corie Baker 12
In a game that went back and forth for almost it’s entirety it was fitting that it ended on a last second buzzer beater by Del Valle’s Rodney Lee. Can’t say we didn’t see it coming as I was sitting with one of Rodney’s long time summer coaches, Jim Doolin. “Max, if they don’t box out (Lee) Rodney’s gonna dunk on them”. And, he darn near did. Lee skyed over the collapsed Lee interior D and tipped it in well above the rim for the W. Nice win for the Cardinals.
Best player on the court, in the defeat was Lee PG Paul Garnica. Even with an injured hand he can score from the perimeter, get to the rim at will and has the best court vision in San Antonio. He’s a very good student, in addition to being an on the court leader and will be a Big Time prospect…scratch that, he’s already a big time prospect.
Del Valle: Rodney Lee 12, Braylon Thomas 11
San Antonio Lee: Ryan Pierce 19 Paul Garnica 17
2009 P 6’6″ Ryan Springer of Austin Hyde Park HS Meet 2009 P 6’6″ Ryan Springer of Austin Hyde Park High School. Springer and his family relocated from Phoenix, AZ last season where he attended Dripping Springs HS. Nagging ankle problems kept him from playing for what amounted to almost his entire Junior year. In a family where academics take a priority, Springer has taken his game to TAAPS Private League’s Hyde Park HS for his Senior campaign.
He is currently averaging 19 pts, 9 rebounds, 5 blocks
Springer, like most young big men has plenty of work to go before he’s a finished product. He has to improve his strength, aggressiveness, court awareness and overall skill set. Having said that, he has size 17 flippers and a baby face which are pretty good indicators of potential further physical growth. He missed a complete high school season last year, however he’s very coachable and in the 10 months I’ve been watching him you can see improvements in his coordination, athleticism and touch around the goal. His footwork is also better than average. This leads me to conclude that he has lots of upside.
The gem in all of this is that Springer has a 31 ACT score! He will be a very good D-3 player (possibly D-2) that can make a program better. He’s getting a ton of mail at the moment from high academic schools and already has several academic scholarships in the bag.
College coaches interested in additional info, feel free to call Coach Max Ivany at 512-791-5455 or via email at TexasBasketball@aol.com
The Springer File
Parents: Al & Melinda Springer of Dripping Springs, TX
School: Austin Hyde Park HS
Club Team: Texas D-1 Ambassadors/Cen Tex Shooters
Academic Interests: Law