The Kerrville Tivy tournament kicked off on Monday. The highlight of Day 1 was Jonathan Perry (pictured below with the Texas D-1 Ambassadors who went the length of the court splitting 4 Vista Ridge defenders for a buzzer beater v. Cedar Park Vista Ridge in a thrilling 49-47 Tivy win. Other Scores of Note:
Kererville Tivy 76 Corpus Christi King 36
Perry 26 for Tivy
San Antonio Sam Houston 78 Dripping Springs 58
2010 P Pier Gordon had 27 for Sam Houston
Austin Lake Travis 56 Austin St. Michael’s 55
2010 Zac Karchewski 24 for Lake Travis while 2011 G Jake Kocher had 17 for St. Michael’s
Kudos to Austin lanier Head Coach Matt Sandoval for putting together a pretty good field at his Viking Tournament being held at his high school. He’s put together a pretty good field and has gone a long way to restoring basketball pride to Lanier and it’s community. Austin Akins, A&M Consolidated, and State Ranked Bryan High make for a pretty competitive field. Not bad when you can attract one of the country’s top players in Bryan’s 2012 G J. Mychal Reese.
Below: Reese, shown as a 7th grader in ESPN The Magazine (as a Texas D-1 Ambassador). For several years he was the consensus #1 player in the country, and perhaps he still is. Regardless, he’s a blue chipper being recruited by Texas, Kansas, USC, North Carolina and others despite only being a sophomore. Reese was 5A All State last year, the only freshman in Texas to earn that prestigious honor. Below: An unidentified Lanier Viking flushes one against Rockdale.
Austin Westlake, my preseason favorite out of Region 4 in Texas 5A is continuing to build it’s rep around the State. After narrowly losing the Championship of two major pre-Christmas Tournaments, Westlake smashed Arlington Martin in the opening game of the Dallas Whataburger Classic.
Westlake should get a tern test today as they play one of California’s top teams in Long Beach Poly today at 2PM
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Below 2011 P 6’6″ Tre Drye, shown here with the Texas D-1 Ambassadors is one of the top juniors in Louisiana. Showing improvement in his face up game, and with his first step to the bucket. Strong physically, he has excellent back to the basket fundamentals and is explosive. Tonight Drye had 17 points and 14 rebounds despite early foul trouble.2010 WG Brian Williams of Glen Oaks (Oklahoma State) shot the ball extremely well from the mid range. He dropped 20 points and showed his athleticism on the offensive booards as well as with his shot blocking/leaping ability.
2011 P 6’6″ Erron Chesterfield of Glen Oaks shows flashes of rounding into a D-1 prospect. Lots of work ahead, but there’s plenty of length and athleticism coupled with an aggressive attitude of “I’m gonna dunk on you”. Chesterfield had 10 points in the blowout win.
2012 G Darryl Milburn of McKinley has already made a name for himself on the summer circuit and in national age group rankings. It’s not hard to see why as he’s got a great body, excellent balance and loves to catch and shoot with deadly accuracy given the slightest sliver of a look. His handles are solid.
This was one of those games where the seeded favorite won, with little swing in the score during the entire game. Istrouma kept that magical 10 point lead throughout. Credit 2010 P 6’4″ Braylon Lazare with keeping his team somewhat in the game as he finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds. If he could shoot free throws, he’d have had 20. He’s the brother of former LSU star Darnell Lazare who is currently in the NBA’s D League.
2010 P Terrance Williams led Woodlawn with 13 points.
01o G R.J. McGhee terrorized Woodlawn with 23 points and 5 assists, including one beautiful no look to 2010 P Steven Jackson.
2012 Istrouma G Darius Johnson had 11 for the Indians in their win. ” Low Hanging Fruit ” 2010 SG R.J. McGhee of Istrouma. Sure fire Mid Major D-1. Had close to 10 D-1 offers after playing this summer with the Texas D-1 Ambassadors. He had committed to University of New Orleans in the Sun Belt Conference. Just prior to the early November signing period, UNO because of a budget crunch has put a moratorium on scholarships and appear headed to D-3. McGhee is 6’5″ and has as pretty a stroke as you’ll find in a high school player. His range is DEEP! Lacks physical strength, but a good weight program will fix that.
One To Watch: 2012 G 6’3″ Darius Johnson of Istrouma. Well built, physical player who is fearless getting to the rack. Persistent on the offensive boards which ups his value. I like his motor. He didn’t shoot it a lot tonight, but he scored in avariety of ways including from the perimeter.
You can tell it’s the holidays, because the D-1 guys were out watching high school games as most are on a few day Christmas break. I caught up with Stephen Baird (Liberty), Jonathan Landry (Coppin State), Travis Smith (Angelina JC) and of course my own son Chip Ivany (UT-San Antonio) was watching the games with me at Littleton.
San Antonio Lee 89 San Antonio Reagan 77
Below: Paul Garnica (shown hitting a three in the face of Memphis Magic’s Adonis Thomas during a summer game with the Texas D-1 Ambassadors) continues his assault on the San Antonio scoring record books. He dropped 54 tonight to equal his career high set earlier last month vs. Boerne Champion. Ganica now stands within 91 points of taking the crown away from former San Antonio West Campus and former NBA player, Devin Brown. Garnica had some great help tonight as undersized P 2010 Mike McPherson really busted his tail on the boards and hustled his way to 21 points and 10 boards.
What Garnica is doing is transcending basketball. He’s taking a group of underdog kids and leading them to bigger things, and he’s rallying a community around him and his team mates. The Lee “Red Army” was out in force tonight as well as other curiousity seekers to see the sllightly built Garnica do his thing. At least four of Garnica’s three pointers were from 28-30 feet out. Reagan players had no answer.
At half time a gentleman approached me (he’d sent me an email earlier this week) saying that his little boy used to want to wear Spur Manu Ginobili’s number in his youth games but now wants to wear Paul Garnica’s #3. Wow. I tell these kids all the time, that youngsters look up to them.. PROOF! Tonight was no day at the beach for the Reagan Rattlers. Thought ya’ll might enjoy this photo of the Texas D-1 Ambassadors at Myrtle Beach after capturing the prestigious Atlantic Slam II, in South Carolina. Summer team mates from left to right: 2011 G Tre Demps who had 31 tonight for SA Reagan, 2011 P Mark Nwakamma of Leander, 2010 G Cody Doolin of Austin Westlake (San Francisco), 2010 G Jonathan Perry of Kerrville, Paul Garnica of Lee who had 54 tonight (Northern Colorado), 2010 W Conner Kemper of Austin Westlake, Daniel Alexander of Dripping Springs with hand raised (Texas A&M), 2011 Jake Kocher of St. Michael’s who is currently leading the City of Austin in scoring at 28ppg, and last but not least D.J. Stephens of Killeen Harker Heights who is now with the Memphis Tigers. 2011 G Tre Demps (shown below at John Lucas’ Camp this past summer) of San Antonio Reagan had 31 points and 5 assists tonight in an impressive performance for the Rattlers in their loss to Lee. Demps has improved his strength, balance, ability to get to the rim and has become a much more consistent three point threat. Reagan team mate Max Yon also had a great night for his squad with 26 points.
San Antonio Madison 38 San Antonio MacArthur 36