The New Orleans D1 Ambassadors Elite made their debut this past spring in Houston at Jimmy Hicks Ice Breaker. Despite being undermanned and travel weary when they hit H Town, a blind man could see that this was a talented crew of 2011/2012 players. In the last week two of those guys have made their decision as to where they’ll attend school.
2011 F 6’10” Jernard Jarrou of New Orleans McDonough 35 committed to the Washington Huskies. Only a few days prior he’d jumped the gun and verballed to Virginia Commonwealth, but then decided to take a trip to the Pacific Northwest. In many ways, Jarrou reminds me of former D1 Ambassador John Henson. He’s got the long, thin frame bornse as result of sprouting up from 6’5″ to 6’10” this past year a la Henson’s late growth spurt. Jarrou still handles the ball well, shoots it comfortably from beyond the arc & swats everything that is remotely near him on the defensive end of the court. Lorenzo Romar got a good one in Jarrou, a future pro.
2011 F 6’7″ Trevante Drye, is one of the classiest kids to ever wear a D1 Ambassadors uniform (he actually played for Texas D1 as a soph, prior to our stand alone team this year out of New Orleans). Last night Tre committed to Tulane University in Conference USA, picking the Wave over SMU, and UNC-Charlotte among others. An excellent student in addition to being a very good basketball player, Drye is extremely expolsive around the basket and out to about 12 feet. He rebounds like a demon and despite being a nice young man, he has a nasty streak under the boards which makes him deadly. He’s the son of former LSU player Louis Earl and nephew to McDonald’s All American (LSU & Kansas legend) Lester Earl. Follow the link below to the Advocate and you’ll see that his Mom was the inspiration in his life.
Congratulation to the Jarrou & Drye Families. Coach Max