Texas D1 Ambassadors Alumni Update: Bryan Beasley of Rice University

The Texas D1 Ambassadors ultra successful Class of 2006 are now coming of age.  Bryan Beasley was an All State Player for Pflugerville High School & Coach Mike Murphy.  He orginally signed with Texas A&M, redshirting his freshman season.  With Coach Billy Gillispie heading on to Kentucky a new staff came on board and it wasn’t a fit.  Beasley transferred to Rice University one of the country’s most respected academic institutions and will graduate this spring with a degree in Economics.

Like many basketball stories, Bryan’s didn’t necessarily go as he thought it would as he played sparingly over the last several years.  Halfway through this his Senior year he is now starting for Coach Ben Braun’s Rice Owls.  Bryan and his Family are very close to me.  They are what this program is all about.  He never lost his focus on academics and he has always been a hardworking, team player accepting whatever role his coach asked him to fill.  He will be a leader in his community for years to come. 
Below:  Beasley does a 360 dunk at the Orange-White All Star Game at the prestigious Five Star Camp in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Click on the link below from the Rice Owls Official Site & listen to Bryan’s interview.  He loves giving back to young children and understands that he is a role model.

Back in the day:  Bryan Beasley (left) of Rice, New Orleans Hornet Chris Paul (then at Wake Forest) & Chip Ivany (South Alabama) at Five Star Camp in Virginia

Congratulations Bryan from the Texas D1 Ambassadors Family-Coach Max Ivany

Texas 4A & 5A Report Card Along With 3rd Round Predictions

The 2nd Round of Texas playoff predictions continues to be a challenge. 

In 4A I picked 20 winners out of 32.  Defending State and national Champion Houston Yates are now on the sidelines as LaMarque turned the tables and hung a hundred on the Lions. Texas Commit Julien Lewis really turned it on dropping 35 in the win.

I picked up the pace in 5A with 24 out of 32 selections being on the money.   A total of 44 out of 64 games.  Together with the 1st Round (86-128) I am now a combined 130-192.  A total of 68%.

Here are my 3rd Round Predictions:

4A

Region 1
Denton Ryan                 Fort Worth Southwest   Amarillo Palo Duro            Waco Midway
Region 2
Dallas Lincoln               Tyler John Tyler            Dallas Kimball                    Bastrop
Region 3
Humble                          Galveston Ball               Kingwood Park                   LaMarque
Region 4
Alamo Heights              Victoria East                  New Braunfels Canyon      S.A. Brackenridge

5A

Region 1
North Crowley                      Lewisville                  Arlington Bowie                Cedar Hill
Region 2
Killeen Harker Heights       Pflugerville                Killeen Ellison                  Spring Dekaney
Region 3
Alief Elsik                            Fort Bend Elkins       Alief Hastings                   Clear Springs
Region 4
San Antonio Reagan           Harlingen                  San Antonio Clark             Laredo United

I’ve gone out on a limb and believe that Flower Mound Marcus, Desoto & Lakeview Centennial will all lose to lower ranked opponents.  I like the Lewisville guards, I like Harker Heights depth & I believe that Killeen Ellison is peaking and has the pieces to pull the upset.

High School Playoff Update: TAPPS

                                                               TAPPS Playoff Schedule

Friday March 4
5A Final Four Matchups
7:30pm Plano Prestonwood vs Plano John Paul @ Timberview
9:00pm Houston St. Thomas HS vs Dallas Bishop Dunne @Timberview

4A Final Four Match-ups
7:30pm Arlington Grace Prep vs Houston Second Baptist@ Legacy
9:00pm Lubbock Trinity Christian vs Houston Westbury Christian @ Legacy

High School Playoff Schedule

                                                                  Playoff Schedule

Wed. March 2
4A

7pm Nederland Hs vs Humble HS @ Deer Park HS
7pm  Galveston HS vs Jones HS @ Pearland HS
7pm Kingwood Park vs Beaumont Ozen HS @ Summer Creek HS
7pm Terry HS vs Lamarque HS @ Alvin HS

Wed. March 2
5A

6pm Madison HS vs Elsik HS @Coleman Fieldhouse
7pm Elkins HS vs Hightower HS @ Wheeler Fieldhouse
7:30pm Hastings HS vs Seven Lakes @Coleman Fieldhouse
7pm Travis HS vs Clear Springs @ Campbell Center

San Antonio MacArthur Wins! San Antonio Central Catholic Loses Heartbreaker

San Antonio MacArthur 61   San Antonio Stevens 51
MacArthur raced out in the first quarter, scoring easy buckets in transition.  By the time Stevens caught their breath they trailed 20-8 as 2012 Jordan Pratt had 9 points.  The 2nd quarter belonged to 2012 G Uche Ofoegbu as he reeled off 9 straight points (scoring 12 total) and assisting on the other two Falcons buckets as the half ended with MacArthur leading 29-26.

With the score 34-31 Ofoegbu picked up his 4th fould midway through the 3rd and had to sit.  Stevens offensive attack stalled out only scoring one basket in a 6 minute span.  It was 40-33 Max at the end of the 3rd.  It looked like it would be a cakewalk the rest of the way but with 3 minutes left, Ofoegbu went on another run by himself scoring 7 points in a little more than a minute to make the score 61-47.  It was not to be though as MacArthur shot 18 free throws in the 4th quarter, making 17 of them.  2012 G Matt Gramling hit 12 in a row, playing a solid game and being very efficient from the field.  Both he and Pratt finished with 23 points for the Brahmas.  Ofoegbu had 29 to lead Stevens & Senior Eliot Mills finished his prep career with 13 points & 8 rebounds. 

Two of San Antonio’s finest 2012 players: Matt Gramling (left) & Uche Ofoegbu (right)


Plano John Paul 42  San Antonio Central Catholic 41
I raced from the Alamo Convocation Center to the South San Durbon Center in time to catch the 2nd half of the TAPPS 5A Regional Final.  It was a nip and tuck battle all the way.  The 3rd quarter ended with Plano John Paul leading 35-33.  Central Catholic’s star Senior Cole Martinez was being shadowed at every turn and denied open looks at the basket.  He had 12 points after 3 quarters.

The 4th quarter stayed ultra tight until Martinez went off with a pair of threes and a layup.  With little over a minute left Central Catholic had surged ahead 41-37 holding Plano to only one 4th quarter bucket.  Then the wheels fell off.  The Buttons missed the front end of three straight one and one opportunities.  John Paul was behind by one with about 20 seconds left.  The las few seconds were hectic and finally John Paul was hammered as they went for the tying layup.  They hit both free throws and Central Catholic’s final shot rimmed in and out. Martinez ended his prep career with 20 points.

Texas 4A & 5A Playoff Round Up: Friday, February

Killeen Ellison 66 Garland Naaman Forest 63 (OT)
2011 W Jaleel Williams scored 25 points, the biggest being the last one of the game in OT when he banked in a three pointer for the win.  Williams, who at 6’6″ with an outrageous wingspan is without a doubt the area’s best unsigned prospect. He is getting mid and high major looks.  That can wait because right now he’s concentrating on the Eagles playoff run as he added 8 rebounds.

Jaleel Williams 25 points sent the Ellison Eagles into the 3rd Round of the playoffs

San Antonio Reagan 89  San Antonio Highlands 78
The Rattlers took a bite out of the Owls as they had too much firepower. The Senior trio of Tre Demps (Northwestern) scored 29 points, Brad Coulter had 17 & 12 boards & Max Yon (Air Force) added 19.  William Knowles had 26 in his final prep game for Highlands.

Demps led the Rattlers to victory with 29 points.´╗┐

Harker Heights 85  Dallas Jesuit 67
2011 W Royce O’Neal ked the Knights with 22 points.  They’ll face top ranked Garland Lakeview Centennial in the next round in what should be an epic battle.  Harker Heights is deep and they have great team chemistry.

Cedar Park 47  Kerrville 45   (4OT)
In what must have been a monumental defensive struggle, Cedar Park took 4 overtime sessions before they edged Kerrville Tovy from the playoffs.  Deron Belford (Texas State) scored 27 in his final prep game while Cedar Park’s Dylan Cox willed his team to victory.  Apparently he wasn’t quite ready yet to report to West Point.

Dylan Cox has committed to Army, but he’s got work left to do at Cedar Park

Pflugerville 63  Klein Forest 60
The Panthers had a 15 point lead but couldn’t shake a pesky Klein Forest team who kept it close down the stretch.  Cameron Blue led the way with 20 points. Deon Mitchell (Northern Iowa) was saddled with foul trouble for much of the game, he finished with 10 points.

Spring Dekaney 53  Austin Bowie  47
Tied at 14-14 at the half, the pace was more to Austin Bowie’s liking.  Things sped up in the 2nd half and Spring Dekaney (30-5) pushed forward for the win.  Bowie P Connor Robinson finished is prep career with 15 points & 2012 G Paul Baxter added 14.

The Woodlands 61  Round Rock McNeil 58
The Mavs were tied entering the 4th quarter but could not hang on.  McNeil G Blair Williams had 16 points as he finished out his prep career.

Mavs G Blair Williams had an outstanding senior campaign

uBastrop 63  Whitehouse 46
Jordan Roach (South Alabama) had 21 points & Josiah Monroe (Texas-San Antonio-football) added 16.  They’ll play district foe Hutto in the next round.

Hutto 58  Marshall 46
D.J. Wilson led the Hippos with 17 points.

New Braunfels 76  Austin McCallum 69
2012 G Sean Tollinger scored 29 points as the Cougars proved they could also play an uptempo game successfully. Reinier Strobos (M.I.T.) added 11 in the win.

TAPPS 5A
St. Thomas methodically put St. Michael’s away from the 2nd quarter on as Senior Chris Brown led the way with 12 points.  St. Michael’s Jake Kocher (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) finished his prep career with 16 points.

Kocher now heads on to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi after a 2700 point prep career
´╗┐Boerne Champion 58  Marble Falls 56

San Antonio Taft 57 San Antonio Churchill 47

This one’s a game I’d like to see a couple of rounds later, but it happens in the 2nd Round.  These are arguably the two best teams in the Region (although San Antonio Reagan & San Antonio Clark would take exception to that). It’s speed (Taft) vs size (Churchill).  We’ll se what wins out.  It’s always difficult for me in games like this knowing the kids like I do on both sides of the ball.

The score after one quarter is Taft 17-13.  The pace is quick and favoring the smaller & quicker Raiders. Logan has 6 for Taft & Senior Clark Lammert has 6 for Churchill.

At the half it’s 28-22 for Taft.  They had the lead up to 9. A sweet turnaround shot from 15 feet at the buzzer off an offensive rebound by Clark Lammert could be critical.  If Taft gets up by 10 and spreads the floor, I don’t believe Churchill has the depth to chase them.  The first 2 minutes of the 3rd quarter could be critical.

Churchill could not get a stop to get the lead under 6 points until a series where Senior Clark Lammert got 2 key boards, a block & a bucket. Spirited play by Charger reserve Doug Slattery cut it to 2 points aand then at the buzzer Taft’s Dylan Elias (Northern Colorado) hits a big three.  Taft 42-37 at the end of the 3rd.

With 5:30 left Churchill grabbed their first lead 44-43 on a key block by Connor Lammert and a big three converted by 2012 G Scott Mammel.  Elias answers back and it’s 45-44 Taft with 5:18 to play.  Time out!  Taft spreads the floor and burns about a minute, and Logan gets an “And 1” for Taft.  Another bucket by Taft and with 3:06 to play the score is Taft 50-44. It’s a free throw shooting contest now, and Taft wins going away 57-47.

Northern Colorado bound Dylan Elias not only scored 20 to lead Taft, it was that they were all big shots and key free throws down the stretch

                    
For Taft, Senior Deondre Logan had 12, Marshall Harris (Citadel) had 10 assists, & Ryan O’Hara had 8 points.  All came off great feeds from Harris.  For Churchill, Senior Clark Lammert left it all on the floor as he had 12 points & 11 boards.  2012 Connor Lammert chipped in with 8 points & 10 rebounds & 2012 G Scott Mammel scored 14.

Texas 4A & 5A Playoffs: Alamo Heights, Austin High Win

Austin High 51  Klein 43
It took Austin High 50 years between playoff wins.  That ended last week as they beat Leander.  Apparently this new habit of winning is becoming contagious as the travelled to College Station and beat a tough Klein team 51-43.  What was more impresive is that they did it while getting an off night from PG Eric McClellan.  Bobby Gonzalez stepped up and led the way for the Maroons with 19 points & Alex Reinking chipped in with 10.  Pending the outcome of the Spring Dekaney -Austin Bowie game it’s a fair bet that Austin High will be forced to beat their district mates, Bowie 3 times in a row to advance.

Back in the fall, Austin Bowie came to my D1 Nation Sweet 16 Fall Showcase and you could tell that they had all the pieces, including chemistry to make a potentially deep run in the playoffs.

San Antonio Alamo Heights 48  Austin LBJ 45

Traditional power Austin LBJ and San Antonio Alamo Heights were in an epic battle last night in what amounted to a road game last night for the Jags with the game played at San Antonio’s Littleton Gym.  It was nip and tuck the whole way with the pace more to Alamo Heights liking. 

The really cool thing about high school basketball is that there’s always room for new heroes.  After having missed the front end of a one and one in the final minute, Alamo Heights’ Senior PG Clay Boggess saw LBJ score and take a one point lead.  Goat, right?  Wrong!  With 10 seconds left, Boggess found redemption as he knocked down the 3 pointer which slayed the LBJ dragon.  Hero!  It also made dinner a lot more pleasant last night at the Boggess household as Head Coach Charlie Boggess had to be tickled with his player & his son Clay.

2012 P 6’7″ Shelby Lane got it done all game long for AH, as he scored 21 points, while 2012 W Jeffrey Rodewold added 12 points.  Seniors D.D. Byrd led LBJ with 11 points & Robert Lee added 9 in his Swan Song.  “June Bug” Lee has the potential to be a great next level player.  He’s ultra competitive and is an explosive combo guard that can get to the rack and really thump it on you.

San Antonio Clark 49 San Antonio Madison 37

It’s a rare Thursday night playoff game at the University of Texas-San Antonio. My big beef with the UIL’s playoff alignments is that there are several flaws which make me wish they did it the “Louisiana Way”.  The folks in the Pelican State seed their teams through a formula developed b y the high school coaches association.  This keeps things like the game tonight (Madison-Clark) & tomorrow (Churchill–Taft) from happening in the 2nd Round.  These should be 4th Round games.  Two very good teams will be watching the rest of the playoffs in the next 48 hours while other mediocre teams continue on.

Two quality coaches & class guys in Coach Valenzuela (Madison) & Coach Sylestine (Clark).  This may be Coach Val’s best coaching job as his talent is down from previous years and he survived a 3-9 start to rally the troops and make them believe.  Funny thing when kids are unselfish how results can far exceed the individual parts.  I love Clark’s personnel.  They are a little undersized but both Seniors Ansley benjamin & Kyle Rutledge are junk yard dogs on the boards.  Their guard play is solid.  Typically, neither one of these teams will beat themselves.  Should be a good one.

The 1st quarter ends 15-9 in favor of Clark.  Ansley Benjamin’s work on the boards is the difference early.  At the half its Clark leading 29-20.  Players who are normally 3rd and 4th options are leading scorers on both teams.  For Clark, 2012 G Niko Maxwell has 10 & 2011 P Jake Chapman has 10.  2011 F Emilio Trejo leads Madison with 8 points.

In the 3rd, Madison was chipping away but two athletic plays by 2012 Niko Maxwell have put Clark back up by 9 at the midpoint of the quarter.  A huge 3 pointer at the buzzer by frosh G Byron Daniels cuts the lead back to a more manageable 41-33 Clark lead. Madison’s hanging around. The biggest shot of the evening may have been when Emilio Trejo of Madison (who was having a great game) is now sitting with an icepack on his shoulder courtesy of a collision with the “A Train” Ansley Benjamin who is linebacker solid.  Sorry, but most guys lose that battle.  Trejo looks to be done with 8 points, 4 boards & a pair of steals. If Clark hangs on, you hate to see a senior’s last game end like that.

2011 Ansley Benjamin was too tough on the boards for Madison to handle

At the midpoint of the 4th quarter it’s 43-37 Clark.  Madison is pressuring the ball at every turn. With 2:19 left it’s Clark 46-37 as Maxwell had another key offensive rebound and putback. With the floor spread, Clark finished it out with layups and free throws.  Game over.  Clark wins 49-37. 

Maxwell led Clark with 16 points while Benjamin had 6 points & 10 boards.  Rutledge also added 10.  For Madison, Trejo & Andre Scott had 8 a piece, while Senior Philip Brown ends his career with 6 points, 9 boards & 3 blocks.

Texas 4A & 5A Playoff Predictions: 2nd Round

There were upsets a plenty in the 1st Round of the Texas State Playoffs.  Round 2 begins this evening with a couple of games.  The bulk of the action will be Friday & Saturday.  Here’s Round Two’s predicted winners:

4A

Region 1
Denton Ryan    Wolfforth Frenship    Arlington Seguin    Arlington Heights
Amarillo Palo    Duro  The Colony     Everman                 Azle
Region 2
Dallas Lincoln   Dallas South Oak Cliff   Waxahachie    Lancaster
Dallas Kimball  Frisco Wakeland      Marshall                Bastrop
Region 3
Huntsville          Humble                    Galveston Ball       Friendswood
Kingwood Park  Beaumont Ozen      Rosenberg Terry   Houston Yates
Region 4
Boerne Champion   Alamo Heights  Roma                      Victoria East
New Braunfels Canyon  Cedar Park   San Antonio Lanier   San Antonio Brackenridge

5A

Region 1
North Crowley    Arlington                Flower Mound Marcus    Lewisville
Arlington Martin   El Paso Montwood  Coppell               Cedar Hill
Region 2
Harker Heights   Lakeview Centennial  Pflugerville   Round Rock McNeil
Desoto                 Killeen Ellison           Austin High     Austin Bowie
Region 3
Houston Madison   Alief Elsik            Fort Bend Elkins    Fort Bend Hightower
Houston Lamar   Houston Cy Falls    Fort Bend Travis    League City Clear Springs
Region 4
San Antonio MacArthur    San Antonio Reagan   Weslaco   Harlingen
San Antonio Taft    San Antonio Clark  Edinburg   Laredo United