Team 2014 Wins Varsity Division

Team 2014 poses with Team 2013 out of Killen

Texas D-1 Ambassadors 2014

D-1 Ambassadors Team 2014 competed in the Memorial Day Classic over the weekend. The young group of 7th/8th graders did an excellent job playing against girls in the 10th/11th grade. we invited two of our players from the flagship team to join us this weekend and it proved to be a good experience for the young group.  2011 W 5’11 Kathyrn Tolbert has excellent range on her shot with the ability to get to the basket. Kathryn has a number of D-1 schools really interested in her coming to play. 2011 G 5’8 Rebeekah Knudson gets the hustle award. Rebeekah has great skills boasts loads of athleticism. The D-1 Ambassador will take her official visit to UTSA next week.

2011 W 5’11 Kathryn Tolbert
2011 G 5’8 Rebeekah Knudson

Team 2014 is one of the most talented groups in Texas. With great guard play and the ability to open the floor team 2014 should do great things the rest of this summer season. 

San Marcos Class of 2012

Never known as a hotbed of basketball talent, San Marcos (midpoint between Austin & San Antonio on I-35) has a couple of straight ballers in the Class of 2012.   Let’s meet them.
2012 W Allex Austin of San Marcos      2012 PG Collin Hart of San Marcos
Above Left: 2012 W 6’5″ Allex Austin is a high major athlete.  It doesn’t hurt that his Pops, Charles was the Olympic Gold Medalist in the high jump.  The kid has hops.  He’s long, is a shot blocker and he can hit from the perimeter and mid range.
Above Right: 2012 PG 5’11” Collin Hart can flat out shoot the ball…from DEEP.  Needs to improve his left hand but is still able to get to the hole with a series of tricky moves.  He knows how to get his team mates involved and competes full out every time, regardless of who he’s facing.

John Lucas Middle School Combine

Not too many folks have given as much to the game of basketball than my friend John Lucas.  Not too many of the young bloods out there remember that Luke was an All American at Maryland; not only in basketball but tennis as well!  Coach Lucas’ NBA playing career, substance abuse issues and his time coaching in the League (including this season with the Clippers) are well documented.
It’s my opinion though that in addition to his programs to help youngsters with substance abuse issues, his most important work may well be with his Middle School (April) and High School (July) elite player combines.  I really appreciate him allowing me to nominate 5 Central Texas players to have attended his combine a few weeks ago.  Because of a commitment to coach the Texas D-1 Ambassadors in Phoenix that weekend I was not able to be on hand to be able to eyeball the talent.
Here’s the second hand info I gathered from reliable sources.  According to my media roomie from the Pangos All American Camp days in Los Angeles, (Nationally respected Van Coleman of http://www.hoopmasters.com/ ) he made specific mention of two of the Cen Tex players amongst the camps Top 22 he commented on.
Below:  Jordan (CJ) Taylor of Killeen, TX (shown below at the Lucas New Years Combine)
2014 Jordan “CJ” Taylor, a 6’0″ 160- Combo guard plays hard on both ends of the court.  He can pop the midrange jumper, and uses his handles to get to the rim with either hand.-Coleman
Taylor, an 8th grader is currently playing up a level with Texas D-1 Ambassadors 15U. I’ve always observed CJ to be an introspective basketball player who is open to coaching and learning to do things the RIGHT way, not necessarily the flashy way.  He’s all business on the court.-Coach Max
2014 Garrett Gray, a 6’3″ W from Burnet, TX-He knocked down perimeter jumpers as well as the 12 footer. He has solid ball skills to create drive, and knows how to use the screen to roll and score at the rim.-Coleman
Gray is also the 100 meter champ in the area, possessing superior athleticism and a bounce in his game.  Excels at all aspects, including shooting, ballhandling and an understanding of the game from the neck up.-Coach Max
The three remaining players were:
2014 PG 5’10” Chase Carlton of Austin Westlake. Carlton is a heady, tough guard who knows how to runn a team, can hit his shots and gives 100% on the court.  Pops Craig played for the Longhorns back in the day.
2014 SG 6’2″ Trey Dilworth III of Lamar MS in Austin, TX.  Head over heels the best athlete in the 2014 Cen Tex class.  He’s a dunking machine with a great body.  Shoots it well and when he gets to the rim, look out.  He’s devastating in transition, always finishing with a flush.
2014 W 6’2″ Abrian Edwards of Dessau MS in Pflugerville, TX plays above the rim.  He’s long and active with a huge upside.
Coach Max

Texas D1 Ambassadors – Team Josephs Advance To Elite 8 at Kansas City Classic

This past weekend, Coach Paul Josephs Texas  D1 Ambassadors group out of San Antonio travelled to Kansas City to participate in the KC Classic. Previously named the Manhattan Classic, this forty team tournament included high profile participants such as Team Texas, Spiece Mo-Kan, Houston Hoops, Martin Brothers, Kingdom Hoops and host Spiece Mo-Kan.

6’8″ 2012
Connor Lammert

The D-1 Ambassadors had an excellent weekend making a strong run through pool and bracket play by making it to the quarter finals before losing to host Spiece Mokan in a hard fought game by six points, 59 – 53. Spiece Mokan went on to win the tournament championship in a twenty point win over the Galveston Hornets out of the Houston area. Mokan went through the tournament undefeated with the D1 Ambassadors providing them their closest game of the tournament. In what was considered the upset of the tournament, the D1 Ambassadors knocked off Nike sponsored Team Texas Elite in the round of sixteen. Team Texas was lead by 2011 pg Jamal Branch (A&M commit) and 2012 6’9 F Zach Peters (recent Kansas commit). The Ambassadors played outstanding defense in the victory and were able to contain Team Texas’ outstanding guard play and control the boards throughout the game.

It was an excellent trip for this group of four sophomores and seven juniors. After two tough weekends of basketball they will be off to Dallas to participate in the Summer Tip Off (GASO) over Memorial Day before taking a break in their schedule.

D1 Ambassadors  – San Antonio Roster

2011 G Sean Bambace (Antonian Prep)
2012 G Carter Josephs (SA Clark)
2012 G Michael Douglass (SA Churchill)
2012 G Adam Perez (SA Clark)
2012 F Connor Lammert (SA Churchill)
2011 G Alec Senioris (SA Central Catholic)
2011 F Kyle Rutledge (SA Clark)
2011 F Ansley Benjamin (SA Clark)
2011 G Tommy Berry (SA Central Catholic – Did not make the trip)
2011 F Clark Lammert (SA Churchill)
2011 G/F Jacob Palacios (SA Clark)

Texas D-1 Ambassadors Run The Table v. San Antonio Competition

Going a perfect 10-0, the Texas D-1 Ambassadors swept all comers this weekend in the JV and Varsity Divisions in San Antonio.  As noted in an earlier post, D1-Team Bostic a group of freshmen primarily from Pflugerville took home the Ship at the JV level.
Meanwhile, Texas D-1 Ambassadors-Team Hardge beat a scrappy Austin Yellow Jackets team twice to take home the gold at the varsity level.  With injuries limiting them to 7, and then only 6 guys in the final it was tough sledding but the talented group had enough to win.  Big props go out to Yellow Jackets guard Robert “June Bug” Lee who is one of the most athletic players in Texas in the Class of 2011.  His high energy alsmost single handedly kept his team in the game.
Throughout the weekend, one thing was constant for the D1 Ambassadors…the defense of 2011 PG Josiah Monroe of Bastrop.  At 5’8″ and 165 lbs of muscle the bowling ball of a guard can shoot it with the best of them as he hit 5 three pointers in the semifinal but it’s his defense which sets him apart.  Monroe will defend the other team’s best guy and give them fits.  He has great body control as well and can finish at the rack against much taller players.  Monroe is a two sport star who also stars at quarterback for the Bears, while running the veer attack.

Kerrville’s Jonathan Perry To Fork Union Military Academy (VA)

Texas D-1 Ambassador and Kerrville Tivy star Jonathan Perry finished up his Texas High School career on Friday night with an appearance in the TABC Texas All Star Game.  Capping his senior year with an All State selection, Perry was also All Region for 3 years for the Antlers.
Perry has decided not to end his high school career though, spurning low D-1 interest this spring for an opportunity to hone his game one more year.  He’ll be reclassified to the Class of 2011 and has been awarded a scholarship at prestigious Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, VA.  You can read more about the school at http://www.forkunion.com/
Perry will play for legendary Coach Fletcher Arritt, who is renowned as a teacher and leader of young men.  He’s coached at Fork Union for close to 40 years molding it into one of the most successful post graduate basketball programs in the country.  Fork Union has produced more than 150 Division 1 basketball players. You can expect Perry to add to that total.  Perry will continue his summer schedule by playing for the Texas D-1 Ambassadors on the circuit.

2013 Star T.J. Williams Suffers Injury

Within the blink of an eye an exciting basketball game between the East Austin Yellow Jackets and a group of talented Texas D-1 Ambassadors freshmen became an after thought. PG T.J. Williams the top lead guard in the Cen Tex/South Texas area went down hard under the basket, falling on his right arm.  Everyone in the gym immediately knew it was not good.
He’s a tough kid, and never shed a tear, he just immediately uttered, “I broke it”.  He was correct, as his father Tim Williams called me early last night and confirmed that T.J. suffered a clean break.  A full recovery is expected in about 6 weeks.  In a case of making lemonade out of lemons, expect Williams to invest his time in a cast using his left hand for ballhandling and shooting drills.  He’ll return an even better player. 
Look for him to have a huge impact pairing in the backcourt with 2011 G Deon Mitchell at Pflugerville High this coming fall.  Best wishes T.J.
Coach Max & The Texas D-1 Ambassadors Family.

Texas D1 Ambassadors 2013 Team Bostic Dominates in San Antonio

Team Bostic traveled to San Antonio this weekend and brought the first place trophy back home to Austin!

Over the two days, Team Bostic was dominant as a team and there were some outstanding individual performances.

Team Bostic won the first game against the Texas Tigers 47-41.  Team Bostic started slow, but picked up the speed in the second half.  Leading the charge was 5’10 (SG) Napoleon Onyeje out of Pflugerville High with 12 points, 2 assists and 2 steals (pictured below).

                                                           5’10 (SG) Napoleon Onyeje

Napoleon’s energy was contagious as 6’0 (F) Justin Moss out of Pflugerville High caught on and dropped 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, followed by 5’9 (PG) Darian Bostic out of Pflugerville High with 9 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.

6’6 (P) Wesley Brown out of Pflugerville Hendrickson High owned the boards with 8 rebounds while chipping in 2 points.

The second game had Team Bostic beating the S.A Hustlers 54-46.  Both 5’9 (PG) Darian Bostic out of Pflugerville High with 18 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds and 6’6 (P) Wesley Brown out of Pflugerville Hendrickson High with 7 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocked shots had dominating performances (both Darian and Wesley are pictured below).

                                                               5’9 (SG) Darian Bostic

                                                                6’6 (P) Wesley Brown

Team Bostic continued their dominance in the third game beating the S.A Falcons 41-32.  6’0 (F) Justin Moss out of Pflugerville High was awesome with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 steals (Justin is pictured below).   5’9 (SG) Will Coleman out of Pflugerville Hendrickson High had a coming out party also with 8 points, 2 rebounds and 2 steals.

                                                                 6’0 (F) Justin Moss

                                                             
The Championship game was more of the same as Team Bostic met up with the Texas Tigers again and the result was no different from the first time.  Team Bostic won 40-33 in another great performance.

5’10 Napoleon Onyeje out of Pflugerville High had the most efficient game with 12 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.  6’0 Justin Moss out of Pflugerville High continued to light it up with 15 points and adding 7 rebounds.  5’9 (SG) Darian Bostic out of Pflugerville High was a great floor general contributing 6 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals.

6’6 Wesley Brown out of Pflugerville Hendrickson High was again the most dominant big man on the floor with 10 rebounds and 2 blocks, while chipping in 4 points.

Congratulations to Team Bostic!

TABC Texas 4A-5A All Star Game

The Texas All Star Game was as expected, a wide open affair with the Blue Squad beating the White 162-144.  The game had literally 40 dunks, including a few at the end where the kids stood around as Houston Yates Brandon “Snap” Peters & Dallas Pinkston’s Tony Mitchell traded between the legs efforts while unguarded.
Seeing the Class of 2010 finally move on to college was a bittersweet moment for me as I’d spent a lot of time with many of these kids.  The Texas D-1 Ambassadors sported 6 alumni in the game.  These are the only guys I kept stats for as frankly it was just too much fun to watch to be marking everyone’s specifics down.  This Class of 2010 may be the deepest ever from the Austin-San Antonio area as we’ve got close to 20 Division One signees this year. 
In Alphabetical order:
J.J. Availa                    McAllen                       Navy                     4 points, 3 rebounds
Jason Brickman          San Antonio Clark      Long Island          3 rebounds, 2 assists
Jordan Clarkson         Converse Wagner       Tulsa                     19 points, 6 rebounds
Cody Doolin                Austin Westlake          San Francisco       4 points, 4 rebounds
Jonathan Perry          Kerrville Tivy              Fork Union Prep  2 points, 2 assists
Andre Roberson         Converse Wagner        Colorado               17 points, 14 rebounds
And also from the Centex:
David Eads                  Austin Lake Travis      Dartmouth            2 points, 5 assists
Special thanks to Mr. Todd Winters for supplying me pictures of the players below:
Left to right:  Jason Brickman, JJ Avila, Jonathan Perry, Cody Doolin/Jonathan Perry

Bottom left: The Perry’s   Bottom Right: The Roberson’s
In addition to the fine performances of Roberson and Clarkson the White team electrified the crowd on the strength of Houston Yates’ Brandon Peters who had 10 dunks including an incredible reverse jam.  The play of the night though was when Missouri commit, 5’10” Phillip Pressey skyed over Dallas Pinkson’s 6’8″ Tony Mitchell and dunked on his head.  Providence commit Joe Young of Houston Yates likely led all scorers as he went off from outside as well as got to the rim at will.
The winning Blue team was led by Irving MacArthur’s Ricky Scott who was $$$ from the three point line all night.  Arkansas fans should be excited seeing him in the backcourt or on the wing with fellow shooter Rotnei Clark.