Happy New Year From The D1 Nation

I wanted to take a moment and wish everyone a healthy and prosperous 2011.  The economy is tough and a lot of folks are hurting.  I know that I personally have less “stuff” than I can remember in the last ten years.  But perhaps it’s because I’m getting older/wiser I’m not sure but I’m more grateful than ever for the friendships I have and the health of my family.  I became a grandfather (twice this year) and I want a better world for the next generation of children.
You’ll have my pledge that in the insignificant world of basketball I will continue to do everything within my sphere of influence to continue to help players and their families here in the State of Texas and beyond both through my recruiting web site and in the conduct of the D1 Ambassadors organization as it relates to their education/basketball goals.
Happy New Year from my grandson, Julian Ivany-3 months.  I’m pretty sure he’ll continue to invigorate me and to look forward to the next generation of D1 Ambassadors players.

I know this is a basketball site, but I would be remiss at this time if I did not acknowledge Jesus Christ as my Saviour.  In the 24 years since I’ve accepted him into my life he’s given me plenty to handle but never TOO MUCH.  I’ve been blessed with wonderful children, success and thankfully, renewed good health. I am not the greatest witness as I’ve got more than my share of flaws but He called me to this basketball ministry and I’ve embraced it with a passion for 11 years.  I hope I can continue to make a difference in the lives of young people for a long time to come. Happy New Year-Coach Max Ivany


San Antonio Roundup: Thursday, December 30

After spending several days hunkered down in Austin at the Westlake Holiday Classic, I returned to the Alamo City where most of the city’s talent resides in the Northside & Northeast Districts. (Antonian & Central Catholic also have a say in things too  🙂

San Antonio Stevens 60  San Antonio Holmes 56
2012 WG 6’5″ Uche Ofoegbu (left) had 23 points in the victory over Holmes.
San Antonio Taft  93  San Antonio Jay 49
Dylan Elias( Northern Colorado)  (right) led a talented San Antonio Taft crew to their lopsided win.

San Antonio Warren 73  San Antonio O’Connor 60
2012 G Jerel Ellis led the Warriors with 27, while talented team mate Taurean Prince-Waller (left) added 18 & had double digit boards.

San Antonio Central Catholic 101  San Antonio Highlands 71
Central Catholic hung a “hunny” on Highlands as Senior guards Cole Martinez & Tommy Berry (right) gave Highlands the business from the outside.

San Antonio MacArthur 59  San Antonio Johnson 39
2012 G Matt Gramling led the way with 14 points.

Pflugerville Hendrickson Takes 3rd in Mc Donalds All American Invitational

Contributing Editor:
Joseph Dean
Hendrickson 47  Bryan 38
Hendrickson traveled to Bryan this past week to compete in the Mc Donald’s All American Invitational. Hendrickson is 14-11 on the season and went 4-1 in the tournament.
Plugerville Hendrickson Lady Hawks
Hendrickson was lead by 2011 W 5’11 Kathryn Tolbert. Tolbert can burn you in so many ways. With her size and ability to handle the ball she can make it a long night for anyone defending her. A couple of weeks ago she was a nightmare for Elgin. Kathryn dropped 27 points and grabbed 19 rebounds and Elgin had no answer for her. Tolbert has excellent range on her shot with the

ability to take you off the bounce.
Kathryn is an unsigned senior with loads of next level potential. Her academics is in check and she would definitely be an asset at the next level.

(L) Running the point for Hendrickson (R) Pictured with D-1 Ambassadors

Kathryn Playing Above The Rim

D-1 Nation Travels South

Contributing Editor:
Joseph Dean
This week I had a chance to travel down to San Antonio to catch a few key match ups in District 26 5A. 
San Antonio MacArthur45  San Antonio Johnson37
This seem to be a runaway early on as MacArthur came out executing very well and took a 12 point lead into the half.
(L) 2011 G Marrisa Cantu of MacArthur lead the way with 12. Marrisa is a smooth PG with a great skill set. Cantu showed excellent ball handling with a true understanding of how to lead her team. Cantu has nice range on her shot and continued to attack the basket every chance she got.
(R) 2014 G Re’cee Caldwell of Johnson seem to struggle early on and finished with 15. Caldwell is a high quality player with excellent skills. Caldwell has superior ball handling, passing, and shooting skills. One of things I like most about Caldwell is her ability to get teammates involved and her aggressive play at the basket. 
San Antonio Regan 52  San Antonio Churchill 43 
Regan did an excellent job defensively to fight off the Lady Chargers.
2013 W Sabrina Berry of Regan is very explosive. Berry has a nice touch on her shot with the ability to put the ball on the floor and attack the basket. Berry has adequate size with great athleticism. Sabrina is definitely a next level player and will continue to do great things in the future. Sabrina pictured below with the Texas D-1 Ambassadors Austine Elite group.
2013 G 5’10 Carly Truesdale of Churchill is a high quality player that competes on a very high level. With her size and ability to handle the basketball she becomes a tough match up for most defenders. Carly has excellent ball handling, passing, and shooting skills with great moves to take you off the bounce.  Truesdale shows great maturity with her ball handling and outstanding court vision. One of the things I like most about Carly is the way she moves without the ball, and her ability to come off screens to shoot. Truesdale is academically sound with great skills and will be a major prospect in the class of 2013.


Austin Westlake Holiday Classic-Championship Day

5th Place  Austin Westlake 45  El Paso Montwood 41 (OT)
After a lackluster game against Coppell on Tuesday evening a different Westlake team came to play today.  Maybe they’re not quite ready for prime time but to play a quality team like Montwood to OT and grab the W is a sign of growth for Coach Tre Ellis’ young charges.  R.J. Rowan cemented his all tournament status with a 15 point, 7 rebound performance.  Not too bad for a 5’9″ guard to give glass work like that. 

Montwood was led by their All Tournament selection Gabriel Licon with 17 points and Robert Lopez who chipped in with 16 of his own.

3rd Place   Duncanville  48  A&M Consolidated  41
This was a very good game.  Lots of intensity, and the chance to see two superior players in A&M Consolidated’s 2012 PG 6’5″ Alex Caruso and Duncanville’s 2011 P 6’7″ Luke Mergerson.  The game was back and forth down to the wire.  Behind by one, A&M Consolidated was forced to foul and Duncanville converted their free throw attempts to win by 7. 

A little too much Luke Mergerson down low (16 points & 8 rebounds) was the difference in the victory.  2011 Devane’ Carter & 2011 Cedric Carter were great complimentary players all tournament long for the Panthers.  For Consolidated Alex Caruso was The Truth as he filled up the stat sheet. He had 17 points, 6 rebounds & 5 steals.

Championship:   Pflugerville   84  Coppell  79  (OT)

Both squads came out of the gate firing it up.  Deep 3’s by Pflugerville’s Mitchell & Coppell’s Austin Mankin had each team shooting about 70% for the quarter.   Coppell leads after one, 21-18.  The 2nd quarter saw a combination of more intense D as well as “so so” shot selection by both teams.  Pflugerville got their advantage at the free throw line.  At the half, Pflugerville is up 39-30 as Darrian Dempsey hit an NBA triple at the half.

Aided by an 11-2 run to start the 3rd, Coppell kept battling and has cut the lead to six, P’ville up 51-45.  2012 F Jett Raines has really asserted himself for the Cowboys.  He’s scoring and boarding HARD. With the score 60-58 P’ville has gone into an uncharacteristic stall and the clock is ticking down to 2:45….P’ville goes, and Mitchell swishes a three from deep! But everytime P’ville strikes a body blow, someone answers back for Coppell..  66-64 with 1:04 left.   With 16 seconds left, Raines hits an And 1 to tie it and we go to OT  71-71!

After P’ville jumped out 77-71, Coppell has scratched back to 77-76 with 1:27 left in OT.   The last minute was Deon Mitchell’s as he showed why he’s arguably Texas’ top guard in 2011.  The Northern Iowa signee split three men in full court pressure three different times like a hot knife through butter and then finished by dishing to Shabazz for a dunk.   Final score Pflugerville 84 Coppell 79.

Deon Mitchell was the unanimous MVP selection from us voters as he had 24 points.  Jamal Shabazz had 13 points & 6 rebounds.   Coppell goes deep into their bench so it’s not easy for anyone to put up huge numbers but I became a big Jett Raines fan as the 2012 W had 24 points and 12 rebounds. Andrew Rexroat added 15 for the Cowboys.

2011 G Deon Mitchell (Northern Iowa) was the MVP.  He collects his hardware from former Texas Longhorn Drew Gressett who was a tournament sponsor through his Hat Creek Burger Company


El Paso Socorro           2011 G Enrique Jimenez
Houston Westbury      2013 G Donivan Jones
Austin Westlake         2012 G R.J. Rowan
El Paso Montwood      2011 G Gabriel Licon
Consolidated               2012 G Alex Caruso
Duncanville                 2011 P Luke Mergerson
Duncanville                 2011 G Cedric Carter
Coppell                        2011 G D.J. Feitl
Coppell                        2011 F Andrew Rexroat
Pflugerville                  2011 F Jamal Shabazz
Pflugerville                  2011 G Deon Mitchell  (MVP)

Pflugerville-Inaugural Westlake Holidy Classic Champions!

Central Catholic Continues To Build For District

San Antonio Central Catholic competed in the Boerne Tournament on Monday and Tuesday.  The event was pool play only, with no clear cut winner declared as the various pools didn’t play bracket play vs the others.  The CCHS folks were good enough to update me on how they did.
San Antonio Central Catholic  59  New Braunfels Canyon 57
Seniors Cole Martinez (22) & Alec Senioris (16) led the Buttons.
San Marcos 77  San Antonio Central Catholic 62
revenge is sweet, as San marcos returned the favor from the pre Christmas Harlandale Tournament where CCHS beat them going away.  2012 W Allex Austin had 22 for the Rattlers and 2012 G Collin Hart added 17,  while Cole Martinez led all scorers with 38.
2011 Cole Martinez (left) is the best pure shooter left unsigned in the San Antonio area, while 2012 Allex Austin (right) continues to put together impressive performances for San Marcos.
CCHS 71  Spring 57

Central went on a 20-0 run after falling behind early & once again Martinez rang up big points in the win (25).

CCHS 62  Seguin 59
Martinez scored 18 in the win and Seguin’s 2011 P Brig Gehrlich, the coach’s son led all scorers with 20.

Austin Westlake Holiday Tournament-Tuesday

Coppell  54   A&M Consolidated  39

Coppell goes 12 men deep and they all know their roles.  Scoring was balanced with nobody in double figures.  2012 G Alex Caruso had 14 in the loss.

Duncanville  53  El Paso Montwood 46

This is a great matchup between a larger, more athletic team in Duncanville and a fundamentally sound Montwood team whose sum is greater than the individual parts. To this point in the tournament Duncanville’s three point shooting has been limited to Jeremy Atkins.  On the other side of the fence, not only does Montwood constantly cut and run their offense with precision but it’s their readiness to RECEIVE the ball when making those cuts that makes them dangerous. 

A 4 point half time lead for D’ville has evaporated as Luke Mergerson picked up a tech late in the 3rd.  With him out of the game Montwood upped their lead to 7 points.  This one was nip and tuck down the stretch as the lead changed hands several times, the last when Senior guard Jeremy Atkins hit his most important three pointer of the game.  He finished with 14 points.  Big Man, Luke Mergerson had 12 points and 14 rebounds. Nobody could hold him.

Seniors Robert Lopez and Gabriel licon had 12 each for the Montwood Rams.  Missed free throws down the stretch killed them and allowed Duncanville to get out and run to end the game.

A&M Consolidated  49 El Paso Socorro  32

After a lackluster effort earlier this morning against a good quality Coppell team, A&M cam out stronger in the afternoon tilt (albeit vs a weak Socorro squad)  Not too many times you see a donut in a quarter of a high school game but after one, it’s Consolidated up 12-0.   A&M subbed regularly, going deep into their bench as the coasted to the W.  2012 G Alex Caruso continues to impress as he dropped 22 points, 5 rebounds & 5 steals.

2012 G Alex Caruso

Coppell  77  Austin Westlake 38

This is my second time watching Coppell and other than looking at the roster names/numbers the kids are interchangeable.  Nobody puts up big stats but at the end of the day there’s been a butt whuppin’..and Coppell’s the one giving it.  After 1 quarter, Coppell leads 13-4. 

Coppell wins this one going away as the Cowboys brought their six shooters & Westlake was firing blanks in a terrible shooting game.  Coppell is dangerous.  They can make shots, they fly around the ball, they rebound well & because they have no real “go to guy” they will be tough to scheme against in district and playoff contests.

Senior Tom Fisher worked hard for the Chaps as he had 9 points, & 2012 G R.J. Rowan had 13 .

Pflugerville  72 Duncanville 50

Both are Panthers, “The Battle of The Villes”..and to top it off a couple of key P’ville guys were late for the bus (Mitchell & Dempsey) so they won’t start today’s game.  With youngster 2013 T.J. Williams distributing the ball for the first 6 minutes,  P’ville jumped to a 16-7 lead, upping it to 20-11 after one. The half time score is Pflugerville 36 Duncanville 24.  Senior Jordan Major had his best half of the year as he deflected, stole, rebounded and scored the ball for P’ville.

2011 W Cameron Blue

For the most part, both teams exchanged buckets in the quarter and P’ville leads after 3, 55-41.  D’ville has no answer for the superior quickness and multiple perimeter shooting threat the P’ville guards and wings pose. Deon Mitchell has really asserted himself after sitting the 1st quarter.  Who’d a thunk it, that the State’s #10 ranked team in 5A would take a solid trouncing from #12 ranked Pflugerville to the point where P’ville was emptying their bech with 3 minutes to play. Impressive wins P’ville has notched include quality wins over “tempo control” programs Austin Bowie, Converse Judson & El Paso Montwood and now over athletic DFW powerhouse, Duncanville. 

Deon Mitchell had 15 points & 5 assists while 2011 W Cameron Blue also added 15 in the win.  Cameron Lenzy had 9 for D’ville and Mergerson had 7 & 6 boards. 

El Paso Montwood   45 ston Westbury  28
Seniors Robert Lopez (left) & Gabriel Licon (right) are two integral parts of this year’s version of Montwood.  Licon is one of the better perimeter shooters in the tournament while Lopez always knows where the soft spot is in the high post defense. 

At the half, it’s Montwood leading 19-10.   Gabriel Licon has 13 of their points and grabbed 5 boards.  Not too shabby for a 5’10” guard.  Montwood won this one going away in methodical fashion.  Licon finished with 25 to lead all scorers while Robert Lopez had 13. Props go to Senior Ricardo Nova who does a lot of the dirty work. He’s not going to fill the stat sheet but he does a little bit of everything it takes for the team to win.

I was speaking with the Montwood staff prior to the game this evening. What a nice group of guys.  It didn’t take but a minute to see how much pride they took in the defensive intensity and precision which their Montwood teams operate at, year in and year out.  Coach Tony Harper has 800 plus wins, which is pretty impressive.

One of the most interesting tidbits I acquired in the conversation is that Coach Harper played for The Bear, the legendary Don Haskins.  He was there at UTEP (known as Texas Western at the time) during that 1966 season which was immoratlized in the movie Glory Road.  Apparently, Coach Harper was also a pitcher on the baseball team so after playing 20 basketball games that season he left the basketball team before their historic run head to his field of dreams.

Kerrville Tivy Tournament

Kerrville Tivy 81  Bandera 36
The Tivy Antlers came out of the holiday break with fresh legs as they demoralized the Bandera Bulldogs in early action play 81-36. Freshman Matt Perry came down the floor on the first possession after Tivy won the opening tip and hit a trey. The Bulldogs would not score until 56 sec were left in the first quarter. It was 24-1 Tivy after one and 40-8 at half. 12 players for the Antlers scored and Perry led the Antlers with 14.

Kerrville Tivy 61  San Angelo Central 53
At noon the Antlers took the court again against San Angelo Central. Freshman “Mattie Ice” Perry started the game out again with two 3s early. The Antlers led 26-20 at the half. After an ugly 3rd quarter in a physical game, senior Deron Belford(Texas State)took over to rally the Tivy troops in the 4th. Perry was high scorer with 24 (6 threes) and Deron Belford had 19.
2011 G Jake Kocher (left) is up to his old scoring antics as he dropped 35, 12, 31 & 27 in four games at the Tivy Invitational. Meanwhile super frosh Matt Perry (right) has posted another season best as he had 24 points v San Angelo Central.

San Angelo Central 99 San Antonio Steele 95 (4 OT’s!)South San 70 New Braunsfels Unicorns 62
SA Steele 58 Bandera 41
South San 50 Austin Lake Travis 44
San Antonio Madison 90 Somerset 48
Austin St. MIchaels 71  Corpus Christi King 49 (Jake Kocher (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 35)
Austin Lake Travis 50 Converse Judson 48
San Antonio Madison 64 Dripping Springs 46
Somerset 64 New Braunsfels 60
Dripping Springs 57  Austin St. Michaels 50
Converse Judson 82 Corpus Christi King 31

San Antonio Clark 60 San Antonio Stevens 55

2011 G Jacob Palacios paced Clark with 20 points, including a three pointer which allowed Clark to take the lead with 30 seconds to play.  He overcame 2012 W Marcus Roper’s late pair of three pointers which allowed Stevens to come back from their deficit before Palacios last minute heroics.

2011 G Javob Palacios (below) led Clark with 20 points
2012 WG Uche Ofoegbu led Stevens with 15 points.

Kingwood Tournament (Del Valle Updates)

Del valle is in the Houston area representing Central Texas.  Del Valle Coach Brad Alexander reports back that the Cardinals are living dangerously.  Every game is a nail biter.

Del Valle 48, Langham Creek 47
The Cardinals were down by 12 and hit the winning shot with 3 seconds left to play. Karim York (Santa Clara) led with 16 points.

2011 W Karim York will take his talents to Santa Clara in the West Coast Conference

Kingwood Park  59  Del Valle  58 (OT)
Roles were reversed this time as Del Valle LOST a 10 point lead in the 4th quarter.  Karim York’s 25 points were wasted in this affair.

Del Valle   Humble Atascocita  (2OT)
Del Valle gave up a 10 point lead in the 4th but snagged the win in the 2nd extra session.