Belated congratulations to San Antonio Churchill P 6’9″ Mike Byron who committed to Gardner-Webb College in North Carolina. Byron will compete next year in the Big South Conference. This brings the number of Austin-San Antonio Division One signees in the early period to 14.
Byron is a project, with lots of work ahead of him. He’s a bright, conscientious young man (reportedly with M.I.T type grades) who like most young bigs will have his best days ahead of him as he grows into his body and gets professional instruction on the many nuances of post play.
Congratulations to the Byron Family.
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San Antonio Churchill 49 San Antonio Taft 48
2011 W Deondre Logan led the Taft Raiders with 23 points, including a running hook over Churchill big man, Mike Byron with 12 seconds left. Dylan Elias had 9. Scott Mammel had 11 for Churchill and Ben Byron had 5 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks.
2012 PG 5’11” Scott Mammel already with a couple of 30 point games in the bag in this young season. Not afraid to shoot it from deep. Handles the ball with confidence in traffic. Knows when to pull up for the mid range.
2010 P 6’9″ Mike Byron (Gardner-Webb) Byron seems to favor a shot that’s a cross between a shot put layup and a baby hook. Likely the product of still getting his footwork in order. You can’t teach 6’9″ though. He’s getting stronger since the last time I saw him and is slowly growing into his body. He’s effective near the goal, but lacks the agility to guard smaller/quicker players in the high post.
2011 G Marshall Harris shows nice athleticism. Lefty, attacks the rim with confidence.
2011 G Dylan Elias. Taft guard already has one early D-1 offer in the bag. Shows a nice change of pace off the dribble and can pull up to hit the mid range.
San Antonio Lee 77 San Antonio Jay 67
Paul Garnica continues his torrid scoring pace with 41 points and despite missing their nominal post presence in Senior Mike McPherson, Lee comes away with the victory. The huge edge on the boards by Mac did not translate into a win as the scrappy Volunteers shot their way to the win behind the leadership of the best pure scorer in San Antonio.
In what has to be one of the greatest turn arounds in recent Austin history, Austin Reagan has gone from an also ran to a champion. The once proud Austin Reagan Raiders won the Jack Frost Championship over host Georgetown 52-48 for the title. Coach Davis has instilled discipline and pride in these kids. They could be a tough playoff matchup for people come February.
2011 G Brandon Golden had 17, while Junior P 6’4″ Jaquarius Daniels a big time football prospect had 8 to ground the Eagles.
Texas Jamboree All Showcase Teams By Class
Perry Jones 6’11” Duncanville Baylor
Brian Williams 6’6″ Baton Rouge Glen Oaks Oklahoma State
Anthony Horton 6’7″ Houston Clear Springs Campbell
Phil Pressey 5’9″ Dallas Episcopal Missouri
John Bohannon 6’9″ Dallas Lancaster UT-El Paso
Tony Mitchell 6’2″ Dallas Pinkston Missouri
Toby Oyedeji 6’8″ Houston Bellaire Western Kentucky
Jarion Henry 6’8″ Dallas Kimball
Anthony Collins 6’1″ Westbury Christian
Robert Lee 6’0″ Austin LBJ
Anthony Norris 6’7″ Houston Sam Houston
Sheldon McClellan 6’5″ Houston Bellaire Texas
Trey Guidry 6’5″ Houston St. Pius
LJ Rose 6’2″ Houston Second Baptist
Christian Sanders 6’3″ Houston St. Thomas
Jeremy King 6’9″ Houston St. Thomas
Aaron Turley 6’8″ Houston St. Thomas
Rick Nelson’s Texas Jamboree has been another great success this 2009 Thanksgiving. There were some great matchups, both of teams as well as intriguing individual who went head to head. It culminates tonight with two big time programs with big time players. Duncanville features 2010 6’11” Perry Jones (Baylor). Look for him to be the #1 pick in the NBA draft in 2011 after a courtesy year with the Bears.
Bellaire, as reported last week in winning the McDonald’s Invitational is loaded. P 6’8″ Toby Oyedeji (Texas A&M), 2011 WG 6’5″ Sheldon McClellan (Texas), 2010 G 6’3″ Jamel Outler (Texas Tech) gives Coach Bruce Glover a Murderer’s Row of talent.
Former Texas Assistant Ken McDonald is the prime beneficiary of his Lone Star connections as he’s landed Houston Yates WG Brandon “Snap” Peters, one of the most explosive athletes Clutch City has ever seen. Then for good measure, throw in 2010 P Kene Anyigbo of Bellaire who has also commited to Western Kentucky and McDonald has to be sitting in front of his Thanksgiving turkey with a huge grin on his face.
At the half Duncanville holds the edge 28-16. 2011 P 6’7″ Luke Mergerson shows signs of being a nice prospect for The Ville. The story thus far though is just the PRESENCE of Perry Jones. He’s not filling up the stat sheet but no matter. It’s the consensus at the press table that Jones will be an increedible pro. He’s so skilled, long, athletic and agile that it’s scary. He can guard the 2 through 5 positions on the court and reminds me of Tracy Mcgrady but a better ball handler with superior court vision than a younger McGrady had. In the intangible category, Jones seems like a grounded young man who is unselfish and a good team mate. It’s a heck of a recipe for future success.
With the help of a couple of home cooked calls Perry Jones is resigned to the bench for most of the 3rd quarter. This, coupled with a couple of turnovers off of pressure Bellaire has narrowed the gap to 34-29 after 3 quarters. A slashing bucket by 2010 G Sebastian Douglass followed by an Anyigbo dunk and it’s now a one point D’ville lead. Jones quickly returns to the game with a little over 6 minutes left. He has 4 fouls. Duncanville’s fate rests in his ability to finish the game. With 3:25 left Bellaire leads by one. The interesting matchup is 6’11” Perry Jones guarding a 6’5″ elite level wing in Sheldon McClellan (Texas) on the perimeter. Jones is doing something that few have been able to accomplish. He’s able to keep McClellan from getting to the rim by keeping him dribbling laterally.
The last couple of minutes have been McClellan’s. A 15 foot jumper, and a tip in has given Bellaire a 40-39 lead with less than a minute to play. He has a chance to put it away at the FT line with 8 seconds left, shooting the one and one. McClellan hits them both. Bellaire 42 Duncanville 39
St. Thomas has three incredibly intriguing sophomores; 6’3″ Christian Sanders who can bomb it from deep, 6’7″ P Aaron Turley and 6’9″ Jeremy King. Glen Oaks is undermanned with only 8 players but you can’t underestimate the senior leadership which they’ll get from G Brandon Thompson, G Andre Scott and W 6’6″ Brian Williams (Oklahoma State). Of course a legendary Coach in Head Man Harvey Adger who has a couple of Louisiana State Championships under his belt, doesn’t hurt Glen Oaks chances either.
The first half has been low scoring. Glen Oaks holds a 17-15 edge. This one may come down to the wire as they’re deadlocked at 27-27 at the end of 3 quarters. 2011 P 6’6″ Erron Chesterfield is emerging for Glen Oaks and could be pretty good when all is said and done if he works at it. 35-35 with 3 seconds…as close as it gets.
In OT a big steal and subsequent layup gave Glen Oaks a 2 point lead. Andre Scott knocks down two free throws and it’s in the books. Glen Oaks returns to Baton Rouge with 2 road wins under their belts against Houston competition despite being shorthanded.
Austin LBJ led most of the way, but couldn’t quite hold on in the 4th quarter as they lost a close one to Houston St. John 60-57. It wasn’t over until 2010 G Donald Dallas’ desperation three point attempt drew iron. Missed close in shots, and late clutch three point shooting for St. John combined to make the Jags fall just short.
LBJ’s 2011 G 6’0″ Robert Lee continued to show his outstanding athleticism in scoring 17. He defends hard on the perimeter and on the offensive end gets to the rim with authority. Senior Elijah Cash, a Big XII football talent added 15 for LBJ.
With the exception of the first few minutes, this one was all LBJ. Perhaps the only thing that slowed them down was the three hour bus ride from Austin because once they found their legs they just simply ran a young St. Pius team into the ground.
LBJ has three guards as good as any in the Austin-San Antonio area, in the 2010 G 6’2″ Donald Dallas, 2010 G 6’0″ Darryl Roberts and 2011 G 6’0″ Robert Lee. Dallas is an unsigned senior who undoubtesly will get to ink a scholarship in the April period and Roberts-Lee bring lots of athleticism to the party. I love the energy those guys have. Lee tends to get to the rim more regularly while Roberts will bomb it from deep as confirned by his 6 three pointers and team leading 23 points.
Lee added 18 for the Jags, and Dallas chipped in with 11 (almost all of them coming from the charity stripe. 2012 Wing Trey Guidry was the leader of a young St. Pius team. He’s 6’5″, looks like he’ll grow more and has above average athleticism. He displayed it particular with a rim rattling dunk.
Glen Oaks comes to Houston with a high major commit in 2010 W 6’6″ Brian Williams (Texas D-1 Ambassadors) an explosive athlete who is still growing and crafting his perimeter game. 2011 P 6’7″ Trevante Drye did not make the trip due to a knee sprain. Despite this, Glen oaks comes out with a quick Senior Guard Andre Scott of Glen Oaks also impresses as they get out to a 23-17 lead after the 1st. Half Time score is 36-31 Glen Oaks. Clear Springs is keeping it close with their perimeter game, but have no answer for Williams or 2011 P 6’6″ Erron Chesterfield on the boards and from close range at the moment.
2010 W Anthony Horton of Clear Springs (Campbell commit) impressed with a solid game and a beautiful perimeter stroke. 2010 Glen Oaks Guard Andre Scott really stepped his game up and became a scoring force this year as well as energetic on the ball D. He finished with 24 to lead the Panthers. Brian Williams added 23 and double digit boards for Glen Oaks.
I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving with Family and Friends. Safe travels to everyone. I shared a wonderful mid afternoon dinner with my girl, and my business partner, T.J. Garza of Speed Killz at his new digs in Liberty Hill, TX. Wow. Camp Garza will be the place to be this spring break and summer for those who are looking to become bigger, faster and stronger in their sport specific training. It’s complete with a bunkhouse. Congrats Coach Garza and Family.
Of course it didn’t end there (why stop with eating once?..lol) as we trekked back to San Antonio to share the Texas-Aggie game with my son Chip and his Friend. He’d spent the last 5 days in Kentucky as UT-San Antonio went 2-1 in the O’Reilly Auto parts Classic. The beat UC-Irvine and Fairleigh-Dickinson, then dropped a heartbreaker by 2 to Eastern Kentucky after leading by 15 with about 6 minutes left in the game. The Roadrunners are 4-1 in the young season including a 62-50 win over Big ten opponent, Iowa Hawkeyes.
Go Texas, and Colt for Heisman!
After digesting Thanksgiving Dinner I checked my notes from the prior day’s triple header. Enjoy your basketball dessert!
Converse Judson 53 Laredo United 50
You can no longer assume you’re chalking one up in the win column when you play McAllen or Laredo United. United gave Judson all they could handle and had a one point lead over the host Rockets with 40 seconds to go. A superior effort by 2010 P 6’5″ Cameron McNeil carried Judson as he had 16 points and double digit rebounds which was the slight difference.
For Laredo United, sharpshooting 2010 G Daniel Rosas had 16 points including several buckets from DEEP while handling Judson pressure all game long. The Longhorns got 17 from sharp shooting 2010 G Mike Elizondo. When he fouled out with a couple of minutes left you knew it was going to be tough for United to hang onto the lead. Just a few days ago, defending Regional 5A representative Converse Wagner went to Laredo and fell behind by 22 before a late surge allowed them to escape with the win by 3. Look for Laredo and McAllen ( lead by 2010 W 6’7″ J.J. Avila) to knock heads prior to the Regional Finals.
Pflugerville 66 San Antonio Madison 59
Coach Mike Murphy and The Ville went on the road to San Antonio and handled San Antonio Madison. From beginning to end Pflugerville had the lead in a game with no real ebbs or flows. The exception was the end game where Pflugerville almost stumbled, but because of lights out free throw shooting they took a meager one point lead and exapnded it once again to seven in the final analysis.
Senior G Jamal Johnson (Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo) had a much better game than I saw him have in the entire McDonald’s Invitational several days prior. He finished with 20 for the Mavs. 2012 W 6’6″ Christopher Campbell added 14 and frosh Trayvon Landry had 7 for the hosts. Senior W 6’5″ Demetris “Cleveland” Smith had 17 as well as bringing his usual energy to the Panthers while high major G 2011 Deon Mitchell was his usual calm, cool and collected self in leading Pflugerville with 19. 2010 P Tyler Wood (UT-San Antonio) was M.I.A. for Madison as he was nursing a bone bruise. We wish him a speedy recovery.
San Antonio Reagan 58 San Antonio Clark 55
It was “deja vu all over again” as the Yankee’s Yogi Berra used to say as Reagan won a nail biter over Clark. A tip at the buzzer gave Coach Jimmy Littleton’s Rattlers the NEISD championship. Tournament MVP 2011 W 6’5″ Max Yon, continued his fast pace with 18 to lead Reagan in the Thanksgiving Eve rematch. They also notched 16 from 2011 G Trey Demps. Clark is a good team and are well coached. However, they lack in heighth but 2010 G Jason Brickman (Long Island) provides great floor generalship to go with 11 points while undersized 2010 P 6’3 Ehland Emerlahu led all game scorers with 20 in the close loss.
Thanks to all our current and former D-1 Ambassadors players for the thoughtful texts to me on Thanksgving Day. I love ya’ll! Coach Max