Spring Classic Recap

 The D1 Nation  held their Spring Classic in Austin this weekend and there was loads of talent in the gym. I had a chance to catch up with the San Antonio Bearcats for this group photo. This is a very talented group with loads of athleticism. the Bearcats took 2nd place in the Varsity Division.

(L) 6’5 Christopher Stephens of Roosevelt high school played very well this weekend. Stephens has adequate size with a nice skill set.

(R) 6’1 Nigele Robertson of Brennan High School showed good range on his shot. Very athletic player that doesn’t mind shooting the ball.

(Far Right) 6’5″ Royce O’Neale of Harker Heights was very impressive. Nice size & frame with great moves off the bounce. Played at a very high level throughout the tournament.

I also had a chance to catch up with The Lady Dream Team for this group photo. A very talented group of girls with great athleticism. Dream Team competed down to the last second during the entire tournament. They executed well and should do good things over the summer months.   
(L) 2011 W 6’7″ Austin Jenkins of Austin Hyde Park did a great job working the paint. The big fellow stayed on the boards and helped Texas D1 Ambassadors-Hardge to a 1st place finish.
(R) 2013 PG 5’11 TJ Williams of Pflugerville is a high quality player with loads of next level potential. Smooth PG with the ability to score or hit the open man for the dime.

D1 Nation Live-Houston: Tournament Recap

The D1 Nation Live-Houston Event was an outstanding event . In addition to the great Texas talent on hand, we were also priveleged to host the Australian Institute of Sport in an exhibition game vs the Texas D1 Ambassadors or a “friendly” as the soccer folks like to call it.  There was lots of outstanding young talent on display during the weekend and I had to mull over quite a few ballers before making my final cut for the D1 Nation Live-Houston’s 12 brightest prospects & performers.  The following are the guys who made this weekend’s cut.

Coach Max’s Dandy Dozen

2013 G Adonte Jones           Garland Naaman Forest   Dallas Bad Boyz
Jones lit up the scoreboard like a Christmas tree, whether from the wing shooting threes or penetrating to the rim.  Well built guard looks like he will grow a bit.  He showed great body control going up for his shot off the bounce. Scored 29 in one contest.

2012 G Devon Turk               Houston St. Pius                   Texas D1 Ambassadors

Turk was “en fuego”, as one Texas’ purest shooters gave Australian Sports Institute the business putting up 18 points with his ultra quick release and assassin’s mentality. Once he improves his handles he moves his stock to a high major lock.
2012 G Devon Turk can light up the scoreboard in a hurry
2012 G Clifton Allen               Garland Namaan Forest     North Texas Bulls
Cat quick PG is part of the deep pool in talent rich Garland, TX. Played varsity on a tough Naaman Forest team this year, I look for him to have a strong senior varsity campaign.  Was the single quickest player off the bounce all weekend, getting into the lane at will. He needs to improve shot selection which will up his stock as a guy who can run a team.
2013 F 6’8” Brandon Williams       Stafford                                  Texas Pro
Long, lanky player has all the tools to be a high major.  Very athletic, he runs the floor extremely well for a youngster.  Lacks strength but will be a handful when he matures.
2012 G 6’5” Alex Caruso                A&M Consolidated         Texas D1 Ambassadors
“The Truth” was the best player in the gym hands down for the second consecutive week.  An unselfish player, he’s comfortable on the wing or with the ball in his hands. Outstanding court vision and superior bounce will make him one of the breakout high majors of the summer. He’s already got 10 dunks in the young season including a pair over a couple of 6’9” opponents. Yesterday he went baseline on some unsuspecting Aussie lad and gave him a facial. Caruso  may be in the “nobody knows” category at the moment but high majors better get in on him now. His Pops, Mike is the Associate AD at Aggieland, but he’s keeping an open mind as to where he hoops at the next level.
2011 G 6’6” Hugh Greenwood          Australian Sports Institute
Greenwood was the most polished player I saw all weekend.  Committed to the New Mexico Lobos and also a member of the Australian National team he scored 22 against Texas D1, and had close to double digit rebounds and assists.  Everything ran through him offensively. Defensive foot speed was so so but he made up for it with physical play and court savvy.  “Aussie Aussie, oi oi oi”!
2012 G   Chase Brogna            Houston St. Thomas   Texas D1 Ambassadors
All State G is making the transition from playing the primary role of spot up shooter on his high school team, Brogna took care of the ball against pressure and also hit his trademark timely shots which makes him dangerous.
2013 P 6’6”  Trayvon Teal         Spring Westfield             Houston Northside Shakaz
Well built soph, stands his ground defensively and blocks shots. He finished at the rim and also stroked it from 15 feet out.  Teal also has a nice motor and court demeanor.
2013 W Xavier Dupree              Alief Taylor                        Texas Pro
Devastatingly long on the front of the press, Dupree ran the floor effortlessly hitting the three pointer off the catch. He also shows advanced footwork as well as nice touch in the low post for a pup.
2012 P 6’4”  Albert Coleman      Rowlett                             North Texas Bulls
Undersized down low, but has a big heart.  Has a knack of finishing around the rim in traffic against longer players. Coleman uses his thick body to his advantage around the goal.
2012 F 6’7” Maurice Letcher-Ellis       Houston Yates          Texas D1 Ambassadors
After sitting out this season because of transfer rules, “Moe” is a little bit rusty BUT he is super bouncy and regularly rejects shots down low from much bigger players.  He’s a wing in the making as he increases his skill set but that hasn’t kept schools like Wichita State and Houston from offering him already based on his tremendous upside. (picture to follow)
2012  F 6‘3” Stanley Ede         Fort Bend Marshall              Houston Dream Team    
Ede battled around the rim against bigger players all weekend. Easily recorded  double doubles with points and rebounds based on sheer effort. 
2013 PG  Shawndre  Jones     Fort Bend Bush                      Texas Pro
Jones had all the assets a PG could want on his team filled with shooters, and long WF’s who played above the rim. His job was to run the team and get them their touches at the right time and place.  He did that effortlessly all weekend.  He took care of the ball, hit some shots and led his team to the ‘ship.

D1 Nation Live-Houston: Tournament Recap

The D1 Nation Live-Houston Event was an outstanding event . In addition to the great Texas talent on hand, we were also priveleged to host the Australian Institute of Sport in an exhibition game vs the Texas D1 Ambassadors or a “friendly” as the soccer folks like to call it.  There was lots of outstanding young talent on display during the weekend and I had to mull over quite a few ballers before making my final cut for the D1 Nation Live-Houston’s 12 brightest prospects & performers.  The following are the guys who made this weekend’s cut.

Coach Max’s Dandy Dozen

2013 G Adonte Jones           Garland Naaman Forest   Dallas Bad Boyz
Jones lit up the scoreboard like a Christmas tree, whether from the wing shooting threes or penetrating to the rim.  Well built guard looks like he will grow a bit.  He showed great body control going up for his shot off the bounce. Scored 29 in one contest.

2012 G Devon Turk               Houston St. Pius                   Texas D1 Ambassadors

Turk was “en fuego”, as one Texas’ purest shooters gave Australian Sports Institute the business putting up 18 points with his ultra quick release and assassin’s mentality. Once he improves his handles he moves his stock to a high major lock.
2012 G Devon Turk can light up the scoreboard in a hurry
2012 G Clifton Allen               Garland Namaan Forest     North Texas Bulls
Cat quick PG is part of the deep pool in talent rich Garland, TX. Played varsity on a tough Naaman Forest team this year, I look for him to have a strong senior varsity campaign.  Was the single quickest player off the bounce all weekend, getting into the lane at will. He needs to improve shot selection which will up his stock as a guy who can run a team.
2013 F 6’8” Brandon Williams       Stafford                                  Texas Pro
Long, lanky player has all the tools to be a high major.  Very athletic, he runs the floor extremely well for a youngster.  Lacks strength but will be a handful when he matures.
2012 G 6’5” Alex Caruso                A&M Consolidated         Texas D1 Ambassadors
“The Truth” was the best player in the gym hands down for the second consecutive week.  An unselfish player, he’s comfortable on the wing or with the ball in his hands. Outstanding court vision and superior bounce will make him one of the breakout high majors of the summer. He’s already got 10 dunks in the young season including a pair over a couple of 6’9” opponents. Yesterday he went baseline on some unsuspecting Aussie lad and gave him a facial. Caruso  may be in the “nobody knows” category at the moment but high majors better get in on him now. His Pops, Mike is the Associate AD at Aggieland, but he’s keeping an open mind as to where he hoops at the next level.
2011 G 6’6” Hugh Greenwood          Australian Sports Institute
Greenwood was the most polished player I saw all weekend.  Committed to the New Mexico Lobos and also a member of the Australian National team he scored 22 against Texas D1, and had close to double digit rebounds and assists.  Everything ran through him offensively. Defensive foot speed was so so but he made up for it with physical play and court savvy.  “Aussie Aussie, oi oi oi”!
2012 G   Chase Brogna            Houston St. Thomas   Texas D1 Ambassadors
All State G is making the transition from playing the primary role of spot up shooter on his high school team, Brogna took care of the ball against pressure and also hit his trademark timely shots which makes him dangerous.
2013 P 6’6”  Trayvon Teal         Spring Westfield             Houston Northside Shakaz
Well built soph, stands his ground defensively and blocks shots. He finished at the rim and also stroked it from 15 feet out.  Teal also has a nice motor and court demeanor.
2013 W Xavier Dupree              Alief Taylor                        Texas Pro
Devastatingly long on the front of the press, Dupree ran the floor effortlessly hitting the three pointer off the catch. He also shows advanced footwork as well as nice touch in the low post for a pup.
2012 P 6’4”  Albert Coleman      Rowlett                             North Texas Bulls
Undersized down low, but has a big heart.  Has a knack of finishing around the rim in traffic against longer players. Coleman uses his thick body to his advantage around the goal.
2012 F 6’7” Maurice Letcher-Ellis       Houston Yates          Texas D1 Ambassadors
After sitting out this season because of transfer rules, “Moe” is a little bit rusty BUT he is super bouncy and regularly rejects shots down low from much bigger players.  He’s a wing in the making as he increases his skill set but that hasn’t kept schools like Wichita State and Houston from offering him already based on his tremendous upside. (picture to follow)
2012  F 6‘3” Stanley Ede         Fort Bend Marshall              Houston Dream Team    
Ede battled around the rim against bigger players all weekend. Easily recorded  double doubles with points and rebounds based on sheer effort. 
2013 PG  Shawndre  Jones     Fort Bend Bush                      Texas Pro
Jones had all the assets a PG could want on his team filled with shooters, and long WF’s who played above the rim. His job was to run the team and get them their touches at the right time and place.  He did that effortlessly all weekend.  He took care of the ball, hit some shots and led his team to the ‘ship.

Australian Institute of Sport 60 Texas D1 Ambassadors 57

D1 Nation Live-Houston Tournament Recap:



Feature Game: Australian Institute of Sport 60 Texas D1 Ambassadors 57


The Australian team has spent the last two weeks in Houston & Dallas on a goodwill/competitive basketball tour. As always when we are requested to represent our country in international competition, the Texas D1 Ambassadors feel honored. As with most international teams, the Aussies are disciplined and fundamentally sound. Overall they lack the foot speed and athleticism of kids here in the United States but their focus on the team game and their maturity (17-21 year olds) make them a difficult opponent.

Texas D1 Ambassadors Coach Richard Law sharing pregame fellowship with his Aussie counterpart

Both teams spent the first half feeling each other out and not much scoring occured in transition. It didn’t take long to figure out that the University of New Mexico Lobos have gotten a good one in The Kangaroos G/W Hugh Greenwood. He had a nice stroke, was a competent ball handler & was extremely cagey in taking advantage of what the defense gave him.

Aussie Hugh Greenwood will soon be a New Mexico Lobo
On the flip side, this Texas D1 Ambassadors squad out of the Houston area has played only 4 games together and are still defining their roles. They are very talented, but also very young with a freshman (6’6” B.J. Jones), and four sophomores. They are 6’8” Kendrick Morris (Houston Second Baptist), 6’8” Jonathan Motley (Galena Park Northshore), 6’7” Kalvin Singleterry (Van Vleck), and 6’11” Anthony Morris (Van Vleck). They get their leadership from their junior trio of 6’5” Combo Guard Alex Caruso (A&M Consolidated), 6’0” Combo Chase Brogna (Houston St. Thomas) & 6’7” Maurice Letcher-Ellis a high flyer from Houston Yates. D1 rounds out its roster with one unsigned senior in 6’9” Kenyon Willis of Crosby.


The score was 28-23 in favor of the Aussies at the half. A combination of poor execution and excellent team D by the Aussies held Texas D1 scoreless for the first 6 minutes of the second half causing them to run out to a 17 point lead. In danger of getting blown out the D1 backcourt came alive. Two key three pointers by Brogna (the second tied the game at 57-57 with 20 seconds left) & two dunks by Caruso (one was a poster job) keyed the rally. With the clock running down the Aussies slipped a screen and they finished at the bucket with an “and 1” layup to seal the win. Great ball game!

Australian G Hugh Greenwood smiles the thrill of vicory as he’s flanked by Texas D1 Ambassadors guards 2012 Devon Turk (left) & 2012 Alex Carso (right) who bite their lips through the agony of defeat.
The Texas D1 Ambassadors are proud to have represented their community, Texas & their country in international competition and fellowship.  Over the years we have gone 11-1 including a tour of France where they were undefeated, as well as domestic wins over teams from Japan, Chile & Mexico (3 times). The Aussies broke that streak and were a worthy opponent. We wish them well-Coach Max Ivany

Australian Institute of Sport 60 Texas D1 Ambassadors 57

D1 Nation Live-Houston Tournament Recap:



Feature Game: Australian Institute of Sport 60 Texas D1 Ambassadors 57


The Australian team has spent the last two weeks in Houston & Dallas on a goodwill/competitive basketball tour. As always when we are requested to represent our country in international competition, the Texas D1 Ambassadors feel honored. As with most international teams, the Aussies are disciplined and fundamentally sound. Overall they lack the foot speed and athleticism of kids here in the United States but their focus on the team game and their maturity (17-21 year olds) make them a difficult opponent.

Texas D1 Ambassadors Coach Richard Law sharing pregame fellowship with his Aussie counterpart

Both teams spent the first half feeling each other out and not much scoring occured in transition. It didn’t take long to figure out that the University of New Mexico Lobos have gotten a good one in The Kangaroos G/W Hugh Greenwood. He had a nice stroke, was a competent ball handler & was extremely cagey in taking advantage of what the defense gave him.

Aussie Hugh Greenwood will soon be a New Mexico Lobo
On the flip side, this Texas D1 Ambassadors squad out of the Houston area has played only 4 games together and are still defining their roles. They are very talented, but also very young with a freshman (6’6” B.J. Jones), and four sophomores. They are 6’8” Kendrick Morris (Houston Second Baptist), 6’8” Jonathan Motley (Galena Park Northshore), 6’7” Kalvin Singleterry (Van Vleck), and 6’11” Anthony Morris (Van Vleck). They get their leadership from their junior trio of 6’5” Combo Guard Alex Caruso (A&M Consolidated), 6’0” Combo Chase Brogna (Houston St. Thomas) & 6’7” Maurice Letcher-Ellis a high flyer from Houston Yates. D1 rounds out its roster with one unsigned senior in 6’9” Kenyon Willis of Crosby.


The score was 28-23 in favor of the Aussies at the half. A combination of poor execution and excellent team D by the Aussies held Texas D1 scoreless for the first 6 minutes of the second half causing them to run out to a 17 point lead. In danger of getting blown out the D1 backcourt came alive. Two key three pointers by Brogna (the second tied the game at 57-57 with 20 seconds left) & two dunks by Caruso (one was a poster job) keyed the rally. With the clock running down the Aussies slipped a screen and they finished at the bucket with an “and 1” layup to seal the win. Great ball game!

Australian G Hugh Greenwood smiles the thrill of vicory as he’s flanked by Texas D1 Ambassadors guards 2012 Devon Turk (left) & 2012 Alex Carso (right) who bite their lips through the agony of defeat.
The Texas D1 Ambassadors are proud to have represented their community, Texas & their country in international competition and fellowship.  Over the years we have gone 11-1 including a tour of France where they were undefeated, as well as domestic wins over teams from Japan, Chile & Mexico (3 times). The Aussies broke that streak and were a worthy opponent. We wish them well-Coach Max Ivany

San Antonio’s Paul Garnica Key To Northern Colorado’s Success

Follow the link below to read a great story on San Antonio Lee & Texas D1 Ambassadors alumni Paul Garnica.  The Greeley, Co dtory focuses on the quality of Paul’s character and what a great team mate he has been as Northern Colorado has punched it’s ticket to The Dance.

http://www.greeleytribune.com/article/20110314/SPORTS/703149972/1051&ParentProfile=1001
Jake Kocher (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) & Paul Garnica (Northern Colorado) shown below with the Texas D1 Ambassadors

Not too many things in the basketball world bother me, but one thing that stuck in my craw a year ago was hearing some talk that Paul Garnica was a “hot dog”, a ball hog, only cared about his scoring stats, etc.  His role at Lee was to score and he did everything Coach Tommy Hines asked of him.  Sure Garnica played with a chip on his shoulder.  He had to. He wanted to get out of San Antonio and build a better life using basketball as his vehicle.

Garnica played two seasons with the Texas D1 Ambassadors top team.  The first year, he never complained as both he and Cody Doolin (San Francisco) apprenticed and understudied behind Garland Judkins (Arizona/Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) & Brandon Thompson (Arizona State).  The following season when he & Doolin took over the leadership role, Paul sacrificed his own scoring to get other players involved and he served as a mentor for the younger players (Kocher & Tre Demps (Northwestern).  Paul encouraged and when appropriate got on his team mates to do bigger and better things.  You could see his leadership qualities blossoming.

When Colorado Coach Tad Boyle & Northern Colorado Coach B.J. Hill asked me Paul’s best quality I told them in no uncertain terms that it wasn’t his shooting , ballhandling & scoring.  It was his leadership.  It should make all of San Antonio & the Hispanic Community proud to see him have this early success.  Congratulations Paul-Coach Max & the D1 Ambassadors Family

NCAA Bracketology

Who doesn’t have an interest in the NCAA Tournament & the bracketology that comes with it?  Below is Coach Max’s (aka Big Snappy) bracket.  I’m picking the Louisville Cardinals.
Of course it’s even more fun when you have a personal relationship with some of the players.  Here’s a brief rundown of the players who have worn the uniform of the D1 Ambassadors during their club basketball careers that are playing in this year’s NCAA Tournament.
East Regional
2009 6’10” John Henson               Round Rock                        North Carolina
2010 5’11” Jason Brickman          San Antonio Clark              Long Island
2008 6’9″   Cameron Moore         San Antonio Roosevelt       Alabama-Birmingham 
2010 6’0″   Chris Clement            Round Rock Stony Point     Princeton 
West Regional
2009 6’5″  D.J. Stephens               Killeen Harker Heights     Memphis
2010 6’0″  Paul Garnica                 San Antonio Lee                Northern Colorado
Southwest Reginal
2010 6’8″  Daniel Alexander         Dripping Springs                 Texas A&M (redshirt)
2007 6’8″  Carlton Scott                San Antonio Madison         Notre Dame
Southeast Regional
2010 6’9″ Gus Leeper                   Austin Westlake                  Arkansas-Little Rock
The best of luck to all these players whose dreams are coming true!-Coach Max Ivany

D1 Nation & Full Court Press Host Mixer @ Houston’s Big Dance: Thursday, March 21st, 2011

The D1 Nation & Full Court Press hosts the Big Dance Mixer in Houston, TX
Location: Little Woodrow’s  2019 Walker St.  Houston, TX
Date: March 31st
Time: 6pm-9pm
An open invitation to college coaches at all levels as well as Texas High School Coaches. (Not open to the general public. Sorry, no parents of recruitable athletes may attend).

We’re excited to announce a new experience surrounding college basketball’s biggest event. Max Ivany of D1 Nation Prep Report & the D1 Ambassadors has partnered up with longtime associate Dinos Trigonis of Full Court Press & the Belmont Shore to host a mixer for Texas’ High School Coaches & all college coaches who will be in Houston for the NCAA Final Four.
The event will be hosted at one of Texas’ most recognized names in the “Sports Bar” business by Little Woodrow’s.  With 7 locations in Austin & Houston it’s a classy place to unwind and talk hoops, and to catch the latest buzz on who’s interviewing for job openings as we lead up to the games on April 2nd & 4th.
This private mixer will be held on March 31st on the patio at Little Woodrow’s newest location, 2019 Walker in Houston, TX just a stone’s throw (less than 5 minute walk) from the George R Brown Convention Center where most of the NCAA’s coaches clinics, meetings etc will be held.
Click on the link below to head to Little Woodrow’s

Dinos Trigonis Recognized as an expert on the West Coast prep recruiting scene. Editor of the Full Court Press Report,  Director of the Pangos All American Camp & architect of the Belmont Shore Basketball Club.

        Dinos Trigonis                              Max Ivany
Max Ivany Recognized as an expert on the Texas, Louisiana & Mississippi prep basketball recruiting scene, Director of the All American Prodigy Camp & architect of the Texas, Louisiana & Mississippi D1 Ambassadors.

D1 Nation & Full Court Press Host Mixer @ Houston’s Big Dance: Thursday, March 21st, 2011

The D1 Nation & Full Court Press hosts the Big Dance Mixer in Houston, TX
Location: Little Woodrow’s  2019 Walker St.  Houston, TX
Date: March 31st
Time: 6pm-9pm
An open invitation to college coaches at all levels as well as Texas High School Coaches. (Not open to the general public. Sorry, no parents of recruitable athletes may attend).

We’re excited to announce a new experience surrounding college basketball’s biggest event. Max Ivany of D1 Nation Prep Report & the D1 Ambassadors has partnered up with longtime associate Dinos Trigonis of Full Court Press & the Belmont Shore to host a mixer for Texas’ High School Coaches & all college coaches who will be in Houston for the NCAA Final Four.
The event will be hosted at one of Texas’ most recognized names in the “Sports Bar” business by Little Woodrow’s.  With 7 locations in Austin & Houston it’s a classy place to unwind and talk hoops, and to catch the latest buzz on who’s interviewing for job openings as we lead up to the games on April 2nd & 4th.
This private mixer will be held on March 31st on the patio at Little Woodrow’s newest location, 2019 Walker in Houston, TX just a stone’s throw (less than 5 minute walk) from the George R Brown Convention Center where most of the NCAA’s coaches clinics, meetings etc will be held.
Click on the link below to head to Little Woodrow’s

Dinos Trigonis Recognized as an expert on the West Coast prep recruiting scene. Editor of the Full Court Press Report,  Director of the Pangos All American Camp & architect of the Belmont Shore Basketball Club.

        Dinos Trigonis                              Max Ivany
Max Ivany Recognized as an expert on the Texas, Louisiana & Mississippi prep basketball recruiting scene, Director of the All American Prodigy Camp & architect of the Texas, Louisiana & Mississippi D1 Ambassadors.

D1 Nation Mixer @ Houston’s Big Dance Thursday, March 31st, 2011

The D1 Nation & Full Court Press hosts the Big Dance Mixer in Houston, TX
Location: Little Woodrow’s  2019 Walker St.  Houston, TX
Date: March 31st
Time: 6pm-9pm
An open invitation to college coaches at all levels as well as Texas High School Coaches. (Not open to the general public. Sorry, no parents of recruitable athletes may attend).

We’re excited to announce a new experience surrounding college basketball’s biggest event. Max Ivany of D1 Nation Prep Report & the D1 Ambassadors has partnered up with longtime associate Dinos Trigonis of Full Court Press & the Belmont Shore to host a mixer for Texas’ High School Coaches & all college coaches who will be in Houston for the NCAA Final Four.
The event will be hosted at one of Texas’ most recognized names in the “Sports Bar” business by Little Woodrow’s.  With 7 locations in Austin & Houston it’s a classy place to unwind and talk hoops, and to catch the latest buzz on who’s interviewing for job openings as we lead up to the games on April 2nd & 4th.
This private mixer will be held on March 31st on the patio at Little Woodrow’s newest location, 2019 Walker in Houston, TX just a stone’s throw (less than 5 minute walk) from the George R Brown Convention Center where most of the NCAA’s coaches clinics, meetings etc will be held.
Click on the link below to head to Little Woodrow’s

Dinos Trigonis Recognized as an expert on the West Coast prep recruiting scene. Editor of the Full Court Press Report,  Director of the Pangos All American Camp & architect of the Belmont Shore Basketball Club.

        Dinos Trigonis                              Max Ivany
Max Ivany Recognized as an expert on the Texas, Louisiana & Mississippi prep basketball recruiting scene, Director of the All American Prodigy Camp & architect of the Texas, Louisiana & Mississippi D1 Ambassadors.