The Texas D-1 Ambassadors 2013 Team Bostic squad took a skeleton crew to the Bastrop tournament over the weekend and went 4-0 to win the JV tournament championship.
Although Team Bostic were missing their big men, they adjusted their style of play and received great hustle from the crew of (PG) Darian Bostic, (PG) Josh Hester, (SG) Will Coleman, (F) Justin Moss and (F) Pierce Felix.
Next up for Team Bostic will be the Houston Hoops H-Town Summer Slam on July 6-8.
Both teams an outstanding showing today. D-1 Ambassadors 17u went 2-1 on the day with that tough loss to a nice athletic San Antonio Heat team. 17u started the day with a great win over the Austin Glory & then went up against a tough West Texas Elite squad. With great guard play from 2011 5’5 Megan Brauer & the all around play of Julie Dirienze , D-1 took off in the second half and never looked back.
2011 W Julie Dirienze has a nice smooth game. Julie has nice size coupled with good athleticism and the ability to shoot the ball. We have talked to several college coaches over the last week and they are really showing interest in the junior from New Braunfels.
2011 G 5’5 Megan Brauer has great range with the ability to burn you from deep. The junior from Temple can handle the ball very well. and loves to get out and run. Megan can finish at the basket with either hand and don’t mind taking you off the dribble. Megan is also getting some nice looks, and will do good things as we approach the live periods in July.
Team 2014 has to one of the best skilled groups in the area. The young group of 7th/8th tipped of the tournament against the Austin Glory 16u. With great athleticism and a high skill level, the youngsters showed that age doesn’t matter. Team 2014 jumped all over the glory and took a commanding lead down the stretch to close it out. 2015 W 5’6 Kennedy Harris continues to dominate the paint. Not only can she get in the paint, but the 7th grader can take you off the bounce or burn you from the outside. Look for Harris to be a major prospect in the class of 2015.
2015 W Kennedy Harris
2014 F 5’7 Dominique White has really played good basketball over the last few tournaments. Dominique has a nice skill level, and she is continuing to develop her game. The 8th grader from Pflugerville Connally High School has a nice shot, good ball handling, and passing skills.
2014 G 5’5 Tiffany Fowler has bloomed like a flower. Tiffany has really become a true all around player. I remember when Tiffany came to the team about 3 years ago, I said this girl can really shoot but she moves very slow. With hard work & dedication Tiffany has majorly picked up her speed which added quickness to her shot.The 8th grader from Round Rock has great will take you off the bounce or burn you from deep. look for Tiffany to be a nice prospect in the class of 2014.
Team 2016 headed to Big Spring this weekend to compete in the Dream Team Classic. Coach Brenton & his young group has really turned it on in their first year. Lead by 2016 W Kianna Ray & 2016 G Mikayla Christian the young group plans to do big things in the near future.
This time last year I was sitting at a table eating wings with Daniel Alexander (Texas A&M) and Vince Carter of the Orlando Magic watching the NBA Draft. This year it’s a much more mellow setting. I’m in my bedroom, in my recliner, but I am sweating out the draft. Then, it happened!
At 9:48PM Central Time, Darrington “Butta” Hobson a 6’61/2″ WG from the New Mexico Lobos went #7 in the 2nd Round of the NBA Draft to the Milwaukee Bucks. Best wishes go out to Darrington, the first Texas D-1 Ambassador to be drafted. The former star from Gulf Shores Academy in Houston (where he played longside UNLV star “Wink” Adams & former Boston Celtic Gerald Green) can do it all.
Myself and Coach Mark Beasley always believed Darrington was a future pro, even as a prep player. His court vision was out of this world. He handled the ball well enough, could thread a needle with his passing and was a streaky shooter from deep NBA range, and a lefty at that. looks like he has matured under Coach Steve Alford with the Lobos and has now realized his dream of being a pro.
Hobson led the New Mexico Lobos in scoring rebounds & assists this past season. He declared for the draft after this, his Junior season. Butta, from Coach Max, Coach Beasley and all your ex D-1 Ambassadors team mates who went on to play college ball off that group: Chip Ivany (UTSA), Junior Treasure (Texas Southern), Jason Ebie (TCU), A.J. Hardeman (New Mexico), Bryan Beasley (Rice), Leslie Jackson (UTSA), Russ Permenter (Providence) & Brandon Webster (Fresno State) we wish you the very best! We’ll never forget the butt whoopin’ we put on the Portland Legends in the Las Vegas Easter Classic when they had Kyle Singler (Duke) and Kevin Love (UCLA & Memphis Grizzlies).
It looks like Gilliland will play for Lon Morris JC this upcoming season, while Big Sed has signed his NLOI to play Division One for Cal State-Fullerton. It was Martin’s first year at NMMI as he signed with Moberley (MO) JC out of high school.
Best of luck to these two young men as they continue to pursue their education and basketball dreams…Coach Max
Coach Ron Morse and his texas D-1 Ambassadors 2013 squad ran the table, going 5-0 to capture the River City Classic in San Antonio. In pool play, D-1 beat the South Texas Hornets, Texas Extreme, SA Zags & the Ultimate Champs by an average margin of 23 points.
The championship game was also one sided as they beat the Boerne Hoyas 52-31 as they turned up their defense. Throughout the tournament the team showed great offensive balance and a commitment to strong defense wearing their opponents down in the 2nd half. Will Morse was the leading scorer for the event, averaging 14 points and 4 assists while running the point. Chris Moore, Chris Alfaro & Vincent DeBlasio all averaged 8 PPG. Lanky WG Stefan Vidovic provided a lot of help in the rebounding department.
Team Morse plays next in the GASO Pearland event this coming weekend.
I hope everyone enjoyed their Father’s Day as much as I did mine this past weekend. A buzzer beating loss in the championship game was only a temporary blip on the radar. (By the way, congratulations to the Austin Ice on their win). How can you beat being in the gym all weekend with my son, Chip and future daughter in law? My other son Mark wasn’t present because he was busy being a dad for the first time, but he was with me in spirit. I feel like I won the lottery. Thanks to all the dads who support their children!
This coming weekend is pretty much the end of the dress rehearsals for most teams as we all prepare to gear up for the NCAA Live Period Events starting July 6th and going to the end of July. No matter where your travels take you, best of luck and good health to all the kids , teams & clubs competing across the country