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“Tre’s had lots of action, and has narrowed down his options to UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Wilmington, Tulane & SMU. Because of the importance of education to his mom and him both, SMU & Tulane are the clear leaders at the moment. The lure of a $250,000 education and the alumni connections of the latter two schools may be too hard to pass up. I believe he could be a 3 time all conference player at either of these spots. He’s setting up visits now and will likely head to SMU for an official in the 2nd-3rd week of September.”- Coach Jeff Jones
Drye is now topping out at 6’6-6’7″ but he competes so hard that he’s much “bigger than that. His handles are improved and so is his intermediate shot. Drye does most of his damage around the hoop as he is a relentless rebounder and will dunk on anyone in traffic or out.-Coach Max Ivany
I expect Tre Drye to be a success both on and off the court. He’ll be a nice get for either of these programs. They say SMU doesn’t get enough Texas kids, but if the Mustangs and Matt Doherty can pry him away from the new staff at Tulane (45 minutes from Baton Rouge), they will quickly adopt him as a Texas at Southern Methodist University.
Greetings to all our friends in H-Town, or Clutch City as it was known in the Rockets hey day. With almost 5 million people, basketball crazy Houston is one of the most happening basketball cities in the USA and the World. It’s also my hometown. I got married there, earned my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston & my son, Chip was born at Herrmann Hospital. Wow, that was 23 years ago!
Our pledge, as with our Austin-San Antonio site is to provide lots of coverage and pictures of local players and schools including those outside the loop. Yes, they play some pretty good basketball in the suburbs and communities surrounding Houston. With 50 plus D1 signees annually coming out of Houston there is lots of news to report and players to spotlight, and there’s plenty of good young ballers to bring to light.
We are blessed to have several outstanding basketball guys who will be contributing editors to the site. Welcome to Orrin Bailey, who has overseen the All 4 Sports Dream Team program and has been an instructor at John Lucas’ Camps as well as our own All American Prodigy Camp. Welcome AW Robinson of Gym Range Training, & welcome Tim Glover who led Clear Lake to the Drum and went on to play at Pittsburgh and then UT-San Antonio.
The camp is located on the beautiful new Concordia University campus in northwest Austin, TX.
This is a deeply personal recount of a young man’s basketball and life journey. Garland Judkins is one of my favorite players to have ever worn a Texas D-1 Ambassadors uniform. He doesn’t mind me telling it, and hopes that it’s an inspiration and a guiding light for other young players.
The last year has been a humbling time in the life of young Garland Judkins. After starting several games as a true freshman during the 2008-2009 season on an NCAA Sweet 16 Pac-10 powerhouse Arizona Wildcats team that featured two NBA Draft picks (Chase Budinger & Jordan Hill), Judkins found himself relegated to the bench in what became a frustrating season.
Fast forward to 2009-2010 and with new Coach Sean Miller coming over from Xavier to coach the Wildcats, Judkins was optimistic that he’d get a fresh start. However, things just never fell into place as the new staff had their own ideas as to who “their guys” were and Judkins wasn’t one of them. (This is a great lesson for young players who sign with schools where there’s a high likelihood of a staff change).
Arizona Coach Miller called me this past Christmas and communicated with me that Garland would be in a better spot elsewhere and asked me to assist him in a transfer. We did that, and Judkins was excited about heading to UT-San Antonio and being closer to his home in suburban Houston (Angleton, TX). It had been a tough fall for Garland though as his grandfather passed away last fall and his Pops Garland Jukins Sr. was ill, and when UTSA evaluated his transcript it had fallen below the magical 2.0 line, rendering him ineligible for D1 transfer.
To Garland’s credit, he went home to Houston and began taking online courses. The UTSA staff assumed he would not get eligible and they moved along, signing all 8 of their available scholarships. To add to the challenges, Garland lost his beloved father in late June of this year. After a long illness he suffered renal failure and went home to our Lord Jesus Christ leaving behind Beverly Judkins and her only son.
Garland has boundless energy on the court, and showed the same great relience off the court with all the challenges he’s recently faced. He completed several online courses over the spring and summer and once again is eligible for D1 basketball! The next step was to head to Jerry Mullin’s “Availables” event in Tulsa, OK. Judkins was head and shoulders the best player there. He quickly received interest from Boise State, North Texas, Cal-Riverside, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and an unnamed Big XII school who were (still are) waiting to see if one of their signees was going to get through the NCAA Clearinghouse.
A lot of history, I know. But today Garland texted me during his official visit with his mother to the beautiful Texas A&M-Corpus Christi campus and told me he really like the environment and the coaches. I sat in my hotel room with my son, Chip and cried tears of joy for this young man. The world of NCAA recruiting is a tough, no holds barred business that swallows up more than it’s share of kids. I am so happy that Garland Judkins will not be one of those.
Judkins is an explosive high level athlete that can get to the rim and will mash on you when he does. A streaky shooter, you still have to respect his perimeter game. Judkins can defend and handles the ball well, especially when he’s pushing upcourt a la Clyde “The Glide” Drexler. I full expect Judkins to be an All Conference player in the Southland Conference. He’ll be one of a handful of elite athlets in the SLC and should prosper playing for veteran Coach Perry Clark (prior stops at Tulane & Miami) You can look for him to fill the shoes of recently departed Kevin Palmer as the Big Dog in Corpus Christi before his career is over.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will petition the NCAA for a hardship waiver to be able to play immediately and perhaps even to have 3 years eligibility remaining. I had a chance to be interviewed by an NCAA investigator last summer in Kansas City. He asked me what I thought they could do to make college basketball a better game for the kids. Amongst the topics we touched on was getting AAU guys who are friendly with agents (along with the agents themselves) away from the kids.
However, I feel it’s more simple than that. Just err in favor of the kids. This is a young man that deserves his waiver. He’s endured the passing of a father & a grandfather. He did not ask for 3 coaches in a tumultuous year when he went to Arizona. The legendary Lute Olson absolutely loved Garland’s game. Who knows how this would have turned out if Coach Olson was still in the Head Seat with the Wildcats?
Coach Max Ivany
How does it feel to be a 4 year varsity starter, 3 times an All Region Player in the talent rich State of Texas & in your senior year to add All State Honors to your resume but STILL have no Division One offers? Most players and families would likely panic, or perhaps even turn their backs on the pursuit of college basketball out of frustration. Not Kerrville Tivy’s Jonathan Perry!
After 100 plus games on the highest level of the circuit with the Texas D1 Ambassadors, Perry had lots of D1 nibbles but no offers at the end of this spring. College staff changes killed sure fire opportunities at the Citadel and Army. So, the Perry Family made the trek to Virginia this past spring and decided that Fork Union Academy with it’s rigorous academic and social policies (no vehicles on campus and limited cell phone usage by the players/student body) was the place he was going to be. He’d reclassify and look at his college opportunities after an additional year.
All this culminated on Tuesday evening when veteran Coach Tim Floyd (Chicago Bulls, USC, New Orleans Hornets etc) called the Perrys and offered Jonathan a scholarship to the defending champion UTEP Miners of Conference USA. Not only did Coach Floyd offer the scholarship he also said Jonathan would get 8-10 minutes a game as the back up point/combo guard. For good measure let’s throw in Floyd’s extensive resume of developing players (including a remarkable 3 who did NOT play high school ball, yet played in the pros!) Hard to turn down, right? Wrong!
After a day and a half of deliberation the Perrys politely refused and said they would honor Jonathan’s COMMITMENT to Fork Union and legendary Coach Fletcher. It was the right thing to do, in their way of thinking. I’ve got to hand it to them, they are people of faith and are staunch in their belief of God’s Plan. I respectfully disagree, as I think it is a great opportunity BUT good people can have differing points of view. 🙂 So, on that note we wish Jonathan Perry all the best as he prepares to head off to Fork Union Academy in the next few days to pursue his educational, spiritual & hoops dreams. You can bet he will be in somebody’s D1 uniform in the 2011-2012 season.