Pearland Classic/Frisco Wrap Ups

Several of the Texas D1 Ambassadors groups ventured off to Dallas & Houston this past weekend for spring tune up competition.  The following is a brief wrap up.

14U Pearland Classic  Texas D1 Ambassadors-Team Cress  Silver Champions
Texas D1 opened pool play by blasting the Houston Clippers & then losing a close, hard fought game to the Louisiana Rockets.  The Rockets were the eventual overall Gold tournament champions.  Texas D1 entered the Silver bracket & ran the table against Team Success, East Bay Soldiers (CA) & the host Houston Elite as they took home the Silver hardware.

2015 G Demarius Cress

The team is made up of players from Killeen & are led by 2015 G Demarius Cress who has a great first step and gets to the basket most any time he wants.  Killeen High will have another great guard to follow in the tradition of Benjamin Pitts, Tre Nicholls & Brian Long to name a few.

16U Next Level Ballers   Texas D1 Ambassadors-Team Morse   Silver Champions
Team Morse went 4-1 overall, losing once in pool play to eventual overall Gold Champion, Team Texas.  They beat their brothers in the Silver Championship, a 72-58 win over the Texas D1 Ambassadors-Team Battley group.  Austin Westlake G 2013 Will Morse led the team to the Silver ship with 13 points & 7 assists, 2013 Kerrville Tivy F 6’7″ Zach Overby had 10 pts & 12 boards & 2013 G Stefan Vidovic of Austin Lake Travis added 12 points.  2013 G Darius Brooks of Pflugerville averaged 13 ppg over the entire tournament.

2013 G Will Morse

 
17U Next Level Ballers   Texas D1 Ambassadors-Team Bostic
The Texas D1 Ambassadors-Team Bostic (all 16U players) played up in the 17 division of the event.  Splitting their two pool games,  they were led by 2013 F 6’7″ Wesley Brown with 12 pts & 12 boards. In their second pool game they rolled up 88 points as 2013 G Napoleon Onyeje went off for 27 points & 9 boards.  Onyeje has one of the sweetest strokes in the CenTex. 2013 G Rasmus Bach of Austin Anderson had 20 points in the win.

2013 G Napoleon Onyeje

On Day 2, in bracket play Team Bostic notched a win vs Team Ichiban & then had a great final game, losing at the buzzer on a controversial play to a talented Dallas Showtyme squad finishing the event 2-2.  With 5 players from Pflugerville HS on this 2013 team, new Pflugerville Coach David Raigosa has to be licking his chops as he takes over from Coach Mike Murphy who recently announced his retirement.

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Player Spotlight: Austin Jenkins of Austin Hyde Park

The last few months have been a whirlwind for Hyde Park’s lanky F Austin Jenkins. After a so so summer last season where he was on and off Jenkins approached his senior year with a vengeance.  He’s met a new friend in the “weight room” and has also gotten tougher mentally.  Put that together with his nice perimeter game and the ability to push the ball in transition and you’ve got yourself a player! 
After an excellent performance in Denver, CO two weeks ago at the Double Pump Spring Classic Jenkins caught the eye of the folks at the Air Force Prep School.  Last Wednesday they visited Austin, watched Jenkins work out and have offered him a scholarship.  The great thing about the academy preps are that the player’s NCAA “clock” doesn’t start which preserves all of his college eligibility while it allows him to mature physically, emotionally & academically (He has top notch grades too).  Throw in a cool $900 bucks a month too and it’s a heck of a deal.
2011 F 6’7″ Austin Jenkins of Austin Hyde Park

Expect Austin’s college choices to widen as the season progresses and he has a chance to show off his new game to the D1 coaches in July.-Coach Max Ivany

Player Spotlight: Austin Jenkins of Austin Hyde Park

The last few months have been a whirlwind for Hyde Park’s lanky F Austin Jenkins. After a so so summer last season where he was on and off Jenkins approached his senior year with a vengeance.  He’s met a new friend in the “weight room” and has also gotten tougher mentally.  Put that together with his nice perimeter game and the ability to push the ball in transition and you’ve got yourself a player! 
After an excellent performance in Denver, CO two weeks ago at the Double Pump Spring Classic Jenkins caught the eye of the folks at the Air Force Prep School.  Last Wednesday they visited Austin, watched Jenkins work out and have offered him a scholarship.  The great thing about the academy preps are that the player’s NCAA “clock” doesn’t start which preserves all of his college eligibility while it allows him to mature physically, emotionally & academically (He has top notch grades too).  Throw in a cool $900 bucks a month too and it’s a heck of a deal.
2011 F 6’7″ Austin Jenkins of Austin Hyde Park

Expect Austin’s college choices to widen as the season progresses and he has a chance to show off his new game to the D1 coaches in July.-Coach Max Ivany

Player Spotlight: 2011 Austin Jenkins of Hyde Park

The last few months have been a whirlwind for Hyde Park’s lanky F Austin Jenkins. After a so so summer last season where he was on and off Jenkins approached his senior year with a vengeance.  He’s met a new friend in the “weight room” and has also gotten tougher mentally.  Put that together with his nice perimeter game and the ability to push the ball in transition and you’ve got yourself a player! 
After an excellent performance in Denver, CO two weeks ago at the Double Pump Spring Classic Jenkins caught the eye of the folks at the Air Force Prep School.  Last Wednesday they visited Austin, watched Jenkins work out and have offered him a scholarship.  The great thing about the academy preps are that the player’s NCAA “clock” doesn’t start which preserves all of his college eligibility while it allows him to mature physically, emotionally & academically (He has top notch grades too).  Throw in a cool $900 bucks a month too and it’s a heck of a deal.
2011 F 6’7″ Austin Jenkins of Austin Hyde Park

Expect Austin’s college choices to widen as the season progresses and he has a chance to show off his new game to the D1 coaches in July.-Coach Max Ivany

San Antonio Area Super Team Announced

The San Antonio Express-News has announced their Area Super Team.  Once again they are dominated by Texas D1 Ambassadors alumni. (six of the ten) We are proud of these players and their accomplishments and wish them the very best in their educational & athletic endeavors.

2011 Cole Martinez       San Antonio Central Catholic    uncommitted
Martinez was the Express News Player of the Year & he was the D1 Nation’s pick as the San Antonio POY as well.  The purest shooter in the area and an excellent student as well, Cole set himself apart with his clutch play time after time over the course of the year.  In a big game, you want him taking the shot!  Currently unsigned the 6’2″ guard is a still for a D1 looking for the zone buster.  It is likely that Air Force’s Prep School will offer him in the next couple of days.

2011 Tre Demps            San Antonio Reagan                  Northwestern
Since moving from California to Texas for his sophomore campaign Demps has shown magnificent strides in his game.  He has matured physically and is a strong athletic player who is ready for the rigors of the Big Ten. The son of former NBA player & New Orleans GM Dell Demps has forged his own identity.

2011 Max Yon               San Antonio Reagan                  Air Force
It’s appropriate that high flying Max Yon is on his way to the Air Force Academy.  They’ve got a steal in him.  His athleticism & aggreesiveness in attacking the rim is superior. Yon had a dozen D1 offers but opted to serve his country. He could be an NCAA D1 swimmer as well.

2011 Dylan Elias           San Antonio Taft                        Northern Colorado
Elias is tough physically & mentally.  He committed to Northern Colorado after his Texas D1 Ambassadors group attended a team camp on the campus at the end of his sophomore year.  He has never wavered in his commitment and is looking forward to joining fellow San Antonian, Paul Garnica in the backcourt.

2012 Matt Gramling     San Antonio MacArthur            Lafayette & Army have offered
Gramling is the only underclassman on this year’s squad.  It’s a testimony to his ability and mature game.  He can run a team, rebound and score the ball. He’s yet to play on the spring/summer circuit as he suffered a nagging ankle injury in the State Playoffs.  Look for him to add to the two offers above as he gets seen by the various scouting services and college coaches.

2011 Clark Lammert    San Antonio Churchill    
Lammert is one of those guys who just knows how to win.  He’s 6’7″ and skilled.  Unselfish & hardnosed, he blocks shots, scores baskets & rebounds hard. He has a couple of great college opportunities that I will announce on this site in the next couple of days as he makes one last campus visit and makes a decision.         

Congratulation to these other young men and their families as well!  Please keep me posted on your future commitments.-Coach Max Ivany

2011 Jonathan Holmes San Antonio Antonian               Texas
2011 Jeremy Espinoza  Uvalde                                       uncommitted
2011 Deondre Logan    San Antonio Taft                      uncommitted
2011 Madison Turner   Boerne                                      uncommitted

San Antonio Area Super Team Announced

The San Antonio Express-News has announced their Area Super Team.  Once again they are dominated by Texas D1 Ambassadors alumni. (six of the ten) We are proud of these players and their accomplishments and wish them the very best in their educational & athletic endeavors.

2011 Cole Martinez       San Antonio Central Catholic    uncommitted
Martinez was the Express News Player of the Year & he was the D1 Nation’s pick as the San Antonio POY as well.  The purest shooter in the area and an excellent student as well, Cole set himself apart with his clutch play time after time over the course of the year.  In a big game, you want him taking the shot!  Currently unsigned the 6’2″ guard is a still for a D1 looking for the zone buster.  It is likely that Air Force’s Prep School will offer him in the next couple of days.

2011 Tre Demps            San Antonio Reagan                  Northwestern
Since moving from California to Texas for his sophomore campaign Demps has shown magnificent strides in his game.  He has matured physically and is a strong athletic player who is ready for the rigors of the Big Ten. The son of former NBA player & New Orleans GM Dell Demps has forged his own identity.

2011 Max Yon               San Antonio Reagan                  Air Force
It’s appropriate that high flying Max Yon is on his way to the Air Force Academy.  They’ve got a steal in him.  His athleticism & aggreesiveness in attacking the rim is superior. Yon had a dozen D1 offers but opted to serve his country. He could be an NCAA D1 swimmer as well.

2011 Dylan Elias           San Antonio Taft                        Northern Colorado
Elias is tough physically & mentally.  He committed to Northern Colorado after his Texas D1 Ambassadors group attended a team camp on the campus at the end of his sophomore year.  He has never wavered in his commitment and is looking forward to joining fellow San Antonian, Paul Garnica in the backcourt.

2012 Matt Gramling     San Antonio MacArthur            Lafayette & Army have offered
Gramling is the only underclassman on this year’s squad.  It’s a testimony to his ability and mature game.  He can run a team, rebound and score the ball. He’s yet to play on the spring/summer circuit as he suffered a nagging ankle injury in the State Playoffs.  Look for him to add to the two offers above as he gets seen by the various scouting services and college coaches.

2011 Clark Lammert    San Antonio Churchill    
Lammert is one of those guys who just knows how to win.  He’s 6’7″ and skilled.  Unselfish & hardnosed, he blocks shots, scores baskets & rebounds hard. He has a couple of great college opportunities that I will announce on this site in the next couple of days as he makes one last campus visit and makes a decision.         

Congratulation to these other young men and their families as well!  Please keep me posted on your future commitments.-Coach Max Ivany

2011 Jonathan Holmes San Antonio Antonian               Texas
2011 Jeremy Espinoza  Uvalde                                       uncommitted
2011 Deondre Logan    San Antonio Taft                      uncommitted
2011 Madison Turner   Boerne                                      uncommitted

Unsigned Senior Event: May 1st Houston, TX

For anyone in the Austin, San Antonio, Houston or Dallas area who is making a last ditch effort to be seen by JuCo, D3 & NAIA coaches  (no D1’s will be present per NCAA rules) I’d like you to consider the event outlined below.  I rarely endorse anyone unless I know them extremely well. In this case I do.  A.W. Robinson is one of Houston’s most outstanding basketball trainers.  He’s always looked out for players in the Houston area who were down to their last opportunity. He was instrumental in the development of his brother, who went on to star in the Big East with Villanova.
He has the ear of a number of coaches, as do I and he has always given me great insight into the evaluation of players.-Coach Max Ivany

Unsigned Senior Showcase: May 1st Houston, TX

For anyone in the Austin, San Antonio, Houston or Dallas area who is making a last ditch effort to be seen by JuCo, D3 & NAIA coaches  (no D1’s will be present per NCAA rules) I’d like you to consider the event outlined below.  I rarely endorse anyone unless I know them extremely well. In this case I do.  A.W. Robinson is one of Houston’s most outstanding basketball trainers.  He’s always looked out for players in the Houston area who were down to their last opportunity. He was instrumental in the development of his brother, who went on to star in the Big East with Villanova.
He has the ear of a number of coaches, as do I and he has always given me great insight into the evaluation of players.-Coach Max Ivany

San Antonio Stevens Brandon Thompson To Long Island

San Antonio Stevens PG Brandon Thompson was highly touted coming out of high school.  An outstanding summer with the Texas D1 Ambassadors & a subsequent excellent senior high school campaign had many high majors calling the 6’1″ guard. Thompson cut his list down to Texas Tech, Georgetown & Arizona State.  He fell in love with ASU’s beautiful campus but the basketball was not a fit.  After a frustrating freshman campaign with the Sun Devils, Thompson decided to transfer to South Plains Junior College where he had a banner year, being voted all conference.

Thompson, shown below with Arizona State University

After looking at various opportunities, Thompson is now headed to the East Coast where he’ll play at Long Island University.  He’ll join fellow San Antonian’s Julian Boyd of San Antonio Taft & another Texas D1 Ambassadors alumni Jason Brickman (San Antonio Clark).

Brandon has played for the Texas D1 Ambassadors all the way back to his 5th grade year.  He is one of my all time favorite players.  He was extremely coachable, always quiet & let his game do the talking.  He is an excellent defender, and is very unselfish.  Brandon’s greatest asset is that he is a clutch shooter & decision maker.  He is a winner.  Best of luck at Long Island & congratulations to you & your Family-Coach Max Ivany & The Texas D1 Ambassadors Family.

San Antonio Stevens Brandon Thompson To Long Island

San Antonio Stevens PG Brandon Thompson was highly touted coming out of high school.  An outstanding summer with the Texas D1 Ambassadors & a subsequent excellent senior high school campaign had many high majors calling the 6’1″ guard. Thompson cut his list down to Texas Tech, Georgetown & Arizona State.  He fell in love with ASU’s beautiful campus but the basketball was not a fit.  After a frustrating freshman campaign with the Sun Devils, Thompson decided to transfer to South Plains Junior College where he had a banner year, being voted all conference.
Thompson, shown below with Arizona State University

After looking at various opportunities, Thompson is now headed to the East Coast where he’ll play at Long Island University.  He’ll join fellow San Antonian’s Julian Boyd of San Antonio Taft & another Texas D1 Ambassadors alumni Jason Brickman (San Antonio Clark).

Brandon has played for the Texas D1 Ambassadors all the way back to his 5th grade year.  He is one of my all time favorite players.  He was extremely coachable, always quiet & let his game do the talking.  He is an excellent defender, and is very unselfish.  Brandon’s greatest asset is that he is a clutch shooter & decision maker.  He is a winner.  Best of luck at Long Island & congratulations to you & your Family-Coach Max Ivany & The Texas D1 Ambassadors Family.