LBJ Jaguars Top Cen-Tex Team

I had a chance to catch up with the Jags after their first game against the Poth Pirettes. LBJ one of the top teams in the area have great athleticism with a load of talented players.

GM Blackman Tournament Varsity Girls

Monday kicked off the first day of the annual GM Blackman Tournament in Bastrop, Texas.

The tournament featuring 16 teams from Central Texas along with a few State ranked teams proved to be one of the best tournaments to be a part of. The gym was full of intriguing prospects in the Cen-Tex area. 2010 F 5’9 Tamlasha Moore with the Bastrop Bears did a bang up job on the Hutto Hippos. Scoring 30 points and grabbing 10 rebounds Tamlasha proved to be on the top prospects in the area. 2011 5’7 G Hillari Raemsch did an excellent job of pushing the ball up the floor and getting her team easy baskets in transition. The Junior G has good ball handling, passing, and shooting skills with a desire to win.

Jackson ISD, (MS) Pepsi Tournament

Jackson Provine 10-28-16-23-77

Jackson Murrah 8-17-14-28-67
It’s always fun watching D-1 players in their formative years. Today the gym is full of prospects here in Jackson, MS where my NBA friends say some of the best talent in the entire country plays in the Class of 2011. Both teams played tenacious man to man defense, with Provine prevailing 77-67. There were no shortage of athletic plays and there was close to double digit dunks.
Provine was led by 2011 SG 6’2″ Jarren Mallory with 17 points, including 5 smooth jumpers from behind the arc. I really like his stroke..a smooth, consistent motion. The best player on the floor in terms of productivity was 2012 P 6’4″ Roger Woods. He runs the floor extremely well and has a motor that doesn’t stop. He had 16 points and a game high 14 rebounds.
For Murrah, 2010 G 5’11” Dundrecous Nelson (Ole Miss) showed mad hops, finishing an outrageous dunk off the break. He had 11 points. There’s no doubt though who owns the town, as 2011 WG LaQuinton Ross (many people’s pick for #1 in his class in the country) draws a buzz from the packed house everytime he touches the ball. What can you say about an athletic, cooordinated 6’8″ player with nice touch on his shot, can handle it adequately and has big time court vision. He’s a long kid who may grow more, but certainly will fill out and likely be a lottery pick in the summer of 2012.

Kerrville Tivy Tournament

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

Lanier Viking Tournament

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.

Round Up:
Austin Lanier 63 Rockdale 52
Franklin 18 for Lanier.
Austin Akins 57 A&M Consolidated 45
Kevin McFarlane 17 Malcolm Canada 17
Bryan 64 Georgetown 53
Reese 19 for Bryan, and Jaron Vierra (Ouchita Baptist) 15 for Georgetown

Austin Westlake 90 Arlington Martin 62 (Whataburger Classic)

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 lost the championship of the Lonestar Invitational in San Antonio to Laredo United on a last second shot, and then lost a hard fought championship game in the last minute of the Houston McDonald’s Invitational to the State’s likely #1 team in 5A, Houston Bellaire.Above: 2010 PG Cody Doolin (San Francisco) scored 23 for the Chaps, while 2010 W 6’6″ Conner Kemper led Westlake with 25. Kemper is one of the top unsigned 2010’s in Texas, with near Ivy SAT scores and grades he will be a great get for an academic oriented D-1 school in the April signing period. Kemper has greatly inproved his aggressiveness and rebounding in addition to having one of the prettiest perimeter strokes around. D-1 coaches stop flirting, and make your move! Coach Max

Westlake should get a tern test today as they play one of California’s top teams in Long Beach Poly today at 2PM

Baton Rouge Glen Oaks 85 Baton Rouge McKinley 48

Glen Oaks 18-27-24-16-85
McKinley 16-15-11-6-48

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.

Baton Rouge Istrouma 63 Baton Rouge Woodlawn 52

Istrouma 14-16-13-20-63

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.

My Holiday Basketball Odyssey

Merry Christmas to all from Coach Max & Chip Ivany. I hope all your dreams come true and that 2010 is the most prosperous year ever.

I left San Antonio this morning (10AM) and am now in Baton Rouge, LA to cover a doubleheader at the East Baton Rouge Parrish Tournament. On Tuesday, I’ll be in Jackson, MS covering the Jackson ISD Pepsi Shootout. Texas fans have no fear though as we’ve got our correspndents following Austin Westlake in Dallas at the Whataburger Classic, in Kerrville at the Tivy Classic, as well as in Austin at the Lanier Viking Tournament. Meanwhile my son, Chip left fo Utah this morning as UT-San Antonio is fixin’ to take on the Utah Utes of the Mountain West Conference tomorrow (Tuesday) evening.God Bless and safe travels to all.
Coach Max

Garnica’s Gone Wild

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

One of the better 2012 prospects in the San Antonio area is PG Matt Gramling of MacArthur. (Below) Playing in the backcourt with his brother, 2010 G Chris Gramling he scored 8 points tonight and is gaining confidence as his first varsity campaign unfolds. The other solid 2012 prospect, Madison’s Christopher Campbell was no factor as he picked up fouls immediately and was never part of the flow.

This was a snoozer to watch, until the last few seconds when MacArthur inexplicably allowed a post to handle the ball twice, allowing Madison to first steal the ball to tie the score and then again at the buzzer, Madison’s Jamaal John (Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo) threw up a runner from about 18 feet out at the buzzer for the Madison win. Johnson finished with a game high 15. Jonathan Landry’s younger brother 2013 PG Trayvon Landry of Madison was not in uniform as he’s nursing a strained groin. We wish him well and a speedy recovery from a very annoying injury.