2010 WG 6’6″ R.J. McGhee of Baton Rouge Istrouma (#40) is shown finishing on the break with a flush against a helpless DC Assault player at the Manhattan Classic on the campus of Kansas State University this spring. Below: McGhee shows his solid ballhandling skills, and although he is not a true point he can also take his man off the dribble and get to the goal with his long first step.
The weekend was spent in Milwaukee, WI at Marquette University’s Elite Specialty Camp with two kids from the Austin/San Antonio area. Over 40 of the country’s top 2010, 2011 & 2012 players were in attendance at Coach Buzz Williams 2nd Annual Elite Camp.
Texas was well represented with Rickey Scott of Irving McArthur and Cameron Clark of Denison among others. I was priveleged to bring two top notch guards from the Texas D-1 Ambassadors in the Class of 2011 to camp. They were Pflugerville’s Deon Mitchell and San Antonio Reagan’s Tre Demps. Coach Williams continues to push his Texas ties in attracting our kids to the rough and tumble Big East Conference.
(Below): l. 2011 G Deon Michell of Pflugerville and r. 2011 G Tre Demps of San Antonio Reagan.
Below: Coach Max mugs it up with Coach Williams. Still the ever humble guy, Williams who now makes 7 figures annually started his coaching career by sweeping gym floors for free at Navarro JC in East Texas.
Below: 2011 Tre Demps shows off his guns and the extra 20 lbs of muscle that he’s put on in the off season. Look for him to lead San Antonio Reagan to new heights this coming campaign.
Below: As you walk into Marquette’s practice facility you’re greeted by a larger than life bronze statue of former Coach Al McGuire who led Marquette to the 1977 NCAA Championship. McGuire’s famous words to his assistans was not to recruit players who had grass around their homes, but to find the tough kids who grew up amidst the “cracked sidewalks” of the inner city.
Below: 2011 G Deon Mitchell of Pflugerville, the “Baby Faced Assassin” has already received an offer from Marquette. Great things lie ahead for the guard with the sweet shot, deadly crossover and great body control when finishing at the rim with either hand.
2010 6’7′ Ryan Springer of Austin Hyde Park HS has taken his game to the sunny beaches of St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Springer, shown here in a fall of 2008 file photo while participating in the www.texasrecruit.com basketball combine.
Yesterday I was blessed to share a day of fellowship in Kerrville, TX with 2010 G Jonathan Perry of Kerrville Tivy, his father Rick and a great turnout of the Kerrville community to hear former Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Watkins inspire the crowd. Watkins, originally from the Houston area combined basketball tricks, quick witted humor along with a heartfelt recap of his childhood and the two people who inspired him. He was a great witness to what “walking the walk” being a Christian really means and definitely reinforced that we all can make a difference by being positive and working with children.
Watkins was on hand to support Kerrville’s Partners In Ministry which does a marvelous job of running programs to help children and families in need whether that be poverty, substance abuse, or counseling/training for single mothers. It is a very worthwhile cause.
After the luncheon, we stole away to the beautiful Kerrville Country Club and proceeded to take a beating in a skins game from 2010 Perry. (His lack of compassion for his summer coach in the golf game will now lead to his recruiting being shut down..lol
Coach Max shares a moment with former Harlem Globetrotter turned motivational speaker/Christian Melvin Watkins (left) who is from the Houston area. If I don’t mind saying, those are two good looking bald guys..lol
Below: Rick Perry (Pops of Kerrville star 2010 G Jonathan Perry) is seen DROWNING in a sea of sand during a quick golf outing in a rare day off prior to the start of the Phoenix Desert Duel Tournament. Helllllooooooooooo down there Rick…lol
The Texas Lady Ambassadors 2014 girls basketball team won its second consecutive Mid America Youth Basketball (MAYB) state tournament that was held in San Antonio from July 24-26.
The state tournament featured 12 teams in the seventh-grade girls division. The Ambassadors compiled a 6-0 overall record and defeated the Texas Hoopsters for the championship.
2009 W 6’5″ D.J. Stephens of Harker Heights HS and the Texas D-1 Ambassadors committed to play basketball for perennial NCAA powerhouse Memphis Tigers of Conference USA. He’ll report to Memphis almost immediately as classes start in the next few days. Below: D.J. Stephens at left (with hand on chin)with summer team mates 2011 Tre Drye of Baton Rouge Glen Oaks (LA) and 2010 Jonathan Perry of Kerrville Tivy (TX) at a summer event.
When Coach Celnique Bobbit of Harker Heights HS asked me to take D.J. with the Texas D-1 Ambassadors a couple of years ago he stressed to me what a high character kid he was. It was this attribute in addition to the obvious athleticism which caused Coach Pastner and Assistant Willis Wilson (an old friend of mine when he was at Rice University) to pull the trigger on Stephens. I’ve also known Coach Pastner for 10 years and he puts a premium on character.
D.J. is the son of Will Stephens & Dorothea Love, both of Killeen, TX. I have no doubt that D.J. will do his family, community, Coach Bobbitt of Harker Heights and the Texas D-1 Ambassadors proud over the next years.
Coach Max Ivany
Texas D-1 Ambassadors
Big David Hahn (shown below with the Texas D-1 Ambassadors-Chip) is a legitimate 7 footer, and a solid 245 pounds. Hahn Takes up a lot of space in the paint, and shows nice touch around the rim with surprising deftness and a soft shot for a big fella.
2010 Daniel Alexander yuks it up with Texas D-1 Ambassadors summer team mate 2010 Conner Kemper at an invitational tournament at Kansas State University this past May. Apparently he induced Kemper into some kind of a trance as BOTH give the Aggies “Gig ‘Em” sign??? 🙂
Below: Alexander with Coach Max at Vince Carter’s Nike Skills Academy in Orlando, FL in late June.
This past Saturday saw about 60 of Texas’ finest young players (and a few from out of state) converge on the SMU Campus in Dallas, TX for Coach Matt Doherty’s Elite Camp. There were 5 intense hours of station drills and then scrimmage games enabling the players to get excellent instruction as well as show their game skills to the staff. Former North Carolina player & Coach, Matt Doherty (below) is now entering his 4th season as head coach at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. After 3 tough, disappointing seasons the Mustangs opened their arms to some of the State of Texas best club programs and their coaches in an attempt to do a more succesful job of recruiting the State of Texas. It was my honor to be in attendance representing the Texas D-1 Ambassadors.
Below, Texas D-1 Ambassador D.J. Stephens of Harker Heights takes instruction from former SMU player & pro Tim Mason. (Mason was Coach Max’s co-instructor on the dribble drive-kickout station)
Below, 1st year SMU Assistant Reggie Geary, an old friend of mine from his former playing days and coach at the University of Arizona addresses the players and “coaches them up”.
In the “It’s a small world” department, I popped into Raising Cane’s Chicken Joint in Dallas only to hear, “Hey coach, what’s up”? 400 miles from his Metairie, Louisiana home I run into 2010 6’7 WG Matt Derenbecker who has recently committed to his near home town LSU Tigers. I had the pleasure of coaching Matt this spring with the Texas D-1 Ambassadors. Despite having migraine headaches and coming off a broken hand the kid never made excuses or complained. He’s a great team mate, and an even better person than player. Matt is the son of Mr & Mrs. John Derenbecker of Metairie Country Day( his school is located in a New Orleans suburb). Coach Trent Johnson got a good one in Matt. Geaux Tigers! Congratulations to you and your family. Coach Max