Memorial Day Results-Saturday Report

Memorial Day Weekend is typically the end of the school year, and it’s also the time when many teams make their first serious travel plans for the season.  Texas D1 has already been on the road numerous times including trips to Las Vegas, Phoenix & Denver and this weekend the groups are split between Dallas, Houston & Waco, TX.  Most teams still have players with conflicts over proms, family reunions, graduations & in some cases still studying for final exams as bad weather days have been tacked on to some schools calendars.  I must be getting old.  Did we ever go to school after Memorial Day???

Great American Shootout- Dallas, TX

Texas D1 Ambassadors-Hardge
Pool play results for Texas D1 Ambassadors-Austin were mediocre as they lost a close one late by a 62-57 score to the Dallas Mustangs.  They then followed that up by squandering a first half lead and losing to Corpus Christi Islanders 82-73 in one of the Super Pools.

It was the first tournament back for 2012 Allex Austin of San Marcos.  He is basketball rusty after taking three months off to high jump.  It was time well spent on the track though as he recorded the Nation’s highes jump at 7’2″, and then won the Texas State Championship with a 6’10” jump.  Austin is super bouncy and long.  He looks to have grown almost two inches and is right near 6’7″.

2012 Allex Austin of San Marcos

Saturday also marked the return of 2012 Matt Gramling of San Antonio MacArthur.  The 6’2″ combo was also a little rusty but looks super strong.  He’s been nursing hamstring injuries and prepping for a senior year where he’ll likely play QB for the Brahmas as well.  Gramling has a “soft verbal” to Army at the moment.  He recently visited Lafayette, but still is open to the right alternative if it arises.  I expect him to have a great summer.

2012 Matt Gramling of San Antonio MacArthur

Texas D1 Ambassadors-San Antonio

Coach Josephs was considering taking the weekend off when 6’9″ Connor Lammert & 6’7″ Shelby Lane had family functions causing them to miss this weekend’s action.  This created opportunity for other players though and it also marked the return of San Antonio Player of the Year, Cole Martinez of San Antonio Central Catholic. He didn’t disappoint as the area’s #1 shooter who is committed to Air Force had scoring totals of 25 & 23 in his two outings. 

Left: 2011 Cole Martinez (Air Force) & Right: 2012 Adam Perez of San Antonio Clark

 
Another dual sport athlete to watch out for is 2012 F 6’5″ Aaron Ramirez of tiny 2A Santa Rosa.   It was also his first hoops action of the spring. He’s built like a brick wall and nearly tore the rim down twice as he freaked the oop vs the Houston Lynx, finishing with 18 points. 

Texas D1 Ambassadors-San Antonio scored an 82-63 win over Texas Blue Chips and then overcame a 9 point first half deficit to finish off the Houston Lynx 88-72.

Franchise All Stars Memorial Day Tournament-Houston, TX

Franchize All Stars 74 Texas D1 Ambassadors-Houston  61
Franchize broke open a close game late by knocking down free throws as they won going away, despite 2012 Devon Turk’s 24 points & 2011 Keynan Willis’ 12 points & 5 boards.  Josh Gray of Houston Christian Life & Bahamian star Wannah Bail led the Franchize All Stars.

Devon Turk of Houston St. Pius

Texas D1 Ambassadors-Houston  71  Pearland Stars 38
In one of those “filler” pool games, everyone got in on the act as Texas D1 was led by 2012 Chase Brogna with 15, Devon Turk had 12 & 2012 Alex Caruso also chipped in with a dozen.  2013 Johnathan Motley continues to show offensive improvement as the 6’8″ F had 10 points, 5 rebounds & 2 blocks.

2012 Chase Brogna of Houston St. Thomas
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Memorial Day Weekend-Saturday Report

Memorial Day Weekend is typically the end of the school year, and it’s also the time when many teams make their first serious travel plans for the season.  Texas D1 has already been on the road numerous times including trips to Las Vegas, Phoenix & Denver and this weekend the groups are split between Dallas, Houston & Waco, TX.  Most teams still have players with conflicts over proms, family reunions, graduations & in some cases still studying for final exams as bad weather days have been tacked on to some schools calendars.  I must be getting old.  Did we ever go to school after Memorial Day???

Great American Shootout- Dallas, TX

Texas D1 Ambassadors-Hardge
Pool play results for Texas D1 Ambassadors-Austin were mediocre as they lost a close one late by a 62-57 score to the Dallas Mustangs.  They then followed that up by squandering a first half lead and losing to Corpus Christi Islanders 82-73 in one of the Super Pools.

It was the first tournament back for 2012 Allex Austin of San Marcos.  He is basketball rusty after taking three months off to high jump.  It was time well spent on the track though as he recorded the Nation’s highes jump at 7’2″, and then won the Texas State Championship with a 6’10” jump.  Austin is super bouncy and long.  He looks to have grown almost two inches and is right near 6’7″.

2012 Allex Austin of San Marcos

Saturday also marked the return of 2012 Matt Gramling of San Antonio MacArthur.  The 6’2″ combo was also a little rusty but looks super strong.  He’s been nursing hamstring injuries and prepping for a senior year where he’ll likely play QB for the Brahmas as well.  Gramling has a “soft verbal” to Army at the moment.  He recently visited Lafayette, but still is open to the right alternative if it arises.  I expect him to have a great summer.

2012 Matt Gramling of San Antonio MacArthur

Texas D1 Ambassadors-San Antonio

Coach Josephs was considering taking the weekend off when 6’9″ Connor Lammert & 6’7″ Shelby Lane had family functions causing them to miss this weekend’s action.  This created opportunity for other players though and it also marked the return of San Antonio Player of the Year, Cole Martinez of San Antonio Central Catholic. He didn’t disappoint as the area’s #1 shooter who is committed to Air Force had scoring totals of 25 & 23 in his two outings. 

Left: 2011 Cole Martinez (Air Force) & Right: 2012 Adam Perez of San Antonio Clark

 
Another dual sport athlete to watch out for is 2012 F 6’5″ Aaron Ramirez of tiny 2A Santa Rosa.   It was also his first hoops action of the spring. He’s built like a brick wall and nearly tore the rim down twice as he freaked the oop vs the Houston Lynx, finishing with 18 points. 

Texas D1 Ambassadors-San Antonio scored an 82-63 win over Texas Blue Chips and then overcame a 9 point first half deficit to finish off the Houston Lynx 88-72.

Franchise All Stars Memorial Day Tournament-Houston, TX

Franchize All Stars 74 Texas D1 Ambassadors-Houston  61
Franchize broke open a close game late by knocking down free throws as they won going away, despite 2012 Devon Turk’s 24 points & 2011 Keynan Willis’ 12 points & 5 boards.  Josh Gray of Houston Christian Life & Bahamian star Wannah Bail led the Franchize All Stars.

Devon Turk of Houston St. Pius

Texas D1 Ambassadors-Houston  71  Pearland Stars 38
In one of those “filler” pool games, everyone got in on the act as Texas D1 was led by 2012 Chase Brogna with 15, Devon Turk had 12 & 2012 Alex Caruso also chipped in with a dozen.  2013 Johnathan Motley continues to show offensive improvement as the 6’8″ F had 10 points, 5 rebounds & 2 blocks.

2012 Chase Brogna of Houston St. Thomas

Austin Bowie’s Trey Lindsey Opts For Louisana Monroe

One of Austin’s deep class of 2010 has committed to play for Louisiana-Monroe in the Sun Belt Conference.  After graduating from Austin Bowie, Trey Lindsey went to the Army Prep School where he had a solid year and was to be a big part of the Black Knights plans at West Point for the coming season.  (2011-12). The extra year proved quite fruitiful for the kid with the big time grades and possessor of a sweet shot from beyond the arc.

Trey Lindsey shown below with Austin Bowie

Lindsey kept growing and is now a solidly built 6’6″ player ready to play the three and some four position in the Sun Belt.  His body is a far cry from when he played for legendary Bowie Coach Celester Collier.  Trey decided that the commitment to West Point and subsequent requirement to serve was ultimately not the best fit for him.  He’ll now have the opportunity to provide much needed help to a Louisiana-Monroe squad that will look for dramatic improvement from their 7-24 record.

Lindsey during a timeout with Army’s Prep squad this past season

I had a chance to grab a Starbuck’s yesterday with Papa Jon Lindsey who filled me in on his son’s decision.  Many of you remember that Jon coached, and Trey played on the Class of 2010 Texas D1 Ambassadors teams that won Hal Pastner’s Kingwood Classic back to back, dropping Indiana Elite and Arkansas Hawks in the final four of what was then the most prestigious prep event in the country.

Congratulations to Trey and his Family (Jon & LeAnn) as he’ll have a chance to play closer to home and pursue his education and fulfill his dreams of playing Division One basketball.-Coach Max Ivany & The D1 Ambassadors Family

Austin Bowie’s Trey Lindsey Opts For Louisiana-Monroe

One of Austin’s deep class of 2010 has committed to play for Louisiana-Monroe in the Sun Belt Conference.  After graduating from Austin Bowie, Trey Lindsey went to the Army Prep School where he had a solid year and was to be a big part of the Black Knights plans at West Point for the coming season.  (2011-12). The extra year proved quite fruitiful for the kid with the big time grades and possessor of a sweet shot from beyond the arc.

Trey Lindsey shown below with Austin Bowie

Lindsey kept growing and is now a solidly built 6’6″ player ready to play the three and some four position in the Sun Belt.  His body is a far cry from when he played for legendary Bowie Coach Celester Collier.  Trey decided that the commitment to West Point and subsequent requirement to serve was ultimately not the best fit for him.  He’ll now have the opportunity to provide much needed help to a Louisiana-Monroe squad that will look for dramatic improvement from their 7-24 record.

Lindsey during a timeout with Army’s Prep squad this past season

I had a chance to grab a Starbuck’s yesterday with Papa Jon Lindsey who filled me in on his son’s decision.  Many of you remember that Jon coached, and Trey played on the Class of 2010 Texas D1 Ambassadors teams that won Hal Pastner’s Kingwood Classic back to back, dropping Indiana Elite and Arkansas Hawks in the final four of what was then the most prestigious prep event in the country.

Congratulations to Trey and his Family (Jon & LeAnn) as he’ll have a chance to play closer to home and pursue his education and fulfill his dreams of playing Division One basketball.-Coach Max Ivany & The D1 Ambassadors Family

Kerrville Tivy’s Jonathan Perry To Dallas Baptist

One of my favorite players, and more importantly one of my favorite people, Jonathan Perry has signed with Dallas Baptist University.  Perry is a two year veteran of the Texas D1 Ambassadors and a 4 year starter and All State selection for Coach Brian Young at Kerrville Tivy. At the end of the summer of 2010, Perry was offered a scholarship by Coach Tim Floyd & UTEP.  By that time, he had committed to do a year of prep school at Fork Union. The Perry Family’s word was their bond and he bypassed UTEP. 

While at For Union, Perry also received D1 offers from Winthrop, Wofford & Houston Baptist.  Once again, following his conscience and beliefs, Perry has spurned the allure of D1 and has signed with Dallas Baptist Univeristy.  I am very close to the Perry Family and have the utmost respect for his decision geared towards serving the Lord and making the world a better place. 

Perry is capable of playing the one, two or three.  He handles the ball well, shoots it out to the three point line, defends hard & rebounds much bigger than his 6’4″. Congratulations to Jonathan & His Family from the D1 Ambassadors-Coach Max Ivany

Dallas Baptist Press Release
The Dallas Baptist Patriot men’s basketball team is pleased to announce the addition of four new players for the 2011-12 academic year, one of which is Kerrville Tivy High School and Fork Union Military Academy graduate Jonathan Perry. He is a 6’4” combo guard who graduated in 2010 from Tivy High School playing under the tutelage of Coach BrianYoung. During the 2010-2011 academic year, Jonathan participated in a post-grad year at the prestigious Fork Union Military Academy where he played for legendary coach Fletcher Arritt. While at Tivy High School, Jonathan averaged a combined almost 22 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 blocks, and 3 steals per game. Jonathan received All District Honors all four years of high school as well as being named to the All West Texas Team as a sophomore and All Region as a junior and senior. In addition, Jonathan was the District 27 4-A MVP as a junior and a senior and was named to the Texas Association of Basketball Coach’s All State Team as a senior. Jonathan was involved in the Capstone Mentoring program, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Fields of Faith, Relay for Life, and D.A.R.E. while in high school. During the summers, Jonathan played for Coach Max Ivany and the Texas D-I Ambassadors. At Fork Union, under the direction of COL Fletcher Arritt and CPT Brooks Berry, Jonathan helped lead the team to an incredible 26-7 record against some of the top post-graduate teams in the country.
Below: Prior to the Desert Duel, Coach Max, Rick Perry & Jonathan Perry below strapped it on in a skins game.  Young Perry came out the winner, much to the chagrine of us old timers. 

DBU Patriot coach, Blake Flickner says,” Jonathan is a versatile player with a bright future. He is skilled, athletic, and plays extremely hard. It’s obvious that he has been well coached because his understanding of how to compete and play at a high level is beyond a normal college freshman. He also possesses a special work ethic that will allow him to continue to improve every year.”

Kerrville Tivy’s Jonathan Perry to Dallas Baptist

One of my favorite players, and more importantly one of my favorite people, Jonathan Perry has signed with Dallas Baptist University.  Perry is a two year veteran of the Texas D1 Ambassadors and a 4 year starter and All State selection for Coach Brian Young at Kerrville Tivy. At the end of the summer of 2010, Perry was offered a scholarship by Coach Tim Floyd & UTEP.  By that time, he had committed to do a year of prep school at Fork Union. The Perry Family’s word was their bond and he bypassed UTEP. 

While at For Union, Perry also received D1 offers from Winthrop, Wofford & Houston Baptist.  Once again, following his conscience and beliefs, Perry has spurned the allure of D1 and has signed with Dallas Baptist Univeristy.  I am very close to the Perry Family and have the utmost respect for his decision geared towards serving the Lord and making the world a better place. 

Perry is capable of playing the one, two or three.  He handles the ball well, shoots it out to the three point line, defends hard & rebounds much bigger than his 6’4″. Congratulations to Jonathan & His Family from the D1 Ambassadors-Coach Max Ivany

Dallas Baptist Press Release
The Dallas Baptist Patriot men’s basketball team is pleased to announce the addition of four new players for the 2011-12 academic year, one of which is Kerrville Tivy High School and Fork Union Military Academy graduate Jonathan Perry. He is a 6’4” combo guard who graduated in 2010 from Tivy High School playing under the tutelage of Coach BrianYoung. During the 2010-2011 academic year, Jonathan participated in a post-grad year at the prestigious Fork Union Military Academy where he played for legendary coach Fletcher Arritt. While at Tivy High School, Jonathan averaged a combined almost 22 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 blocks, and 3 steals per game. Jonathan received All District Honors all four years of high school as well as being named to the All West Texas Team as a sophomore and All Region as a junior and senior. In addition, Jonathan was the District 27 4-A MVP as a junior and a senior and was named to the Texas Association of Basketball Coach’s All State Team as a senior. Jonathan was involved in the Capstone Mentoring program, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Fields of Faith, Relay for Life, and D.A.R.E. while in high school. During the summers, Jonathan played for Coach Max Ivany and the Texas D-I Ambassadors. At Fork Union, under the direction of COL Fletcher Arritt and CPT Brooks Berry, Jonathan helped lead the team to an incredible 26-7 record against some of the top post-graduate teams in the country.
Below: Prior to the Desert Duel, Coach Max, Rick Perry & Jonathan Perry below strapped it on in a skins game.  Young Perry came out the winner, much to the chagrine of us old timers. 

DBU Patriot coach, Blake Flickner says,” Jonathan is a versatile player with a bright future. He is skilled, athletic, and plays extremely hard. It’s obvious that he has been well coached because his understanding of how to compete and play at a high level is beyond a normal college freshman. He also possesses a special work ethic that will allow him to continue to improve every year.”

Texas D1 Ambassadors-San Antonio At The Kansas City Classic

Texas-D1 Ambassadors – San Antonio travelled to Kansas City today to play in the KC Classic hosted by Nike sponsored Mo-Kan Elite. This tough 48 team tournament has drawn top flight teams from Kansas, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Texas. The D1 Ambassadors got a tough draw opening up tournament play versus the host team Mokan Elite lead by 6’10 2012 Willie Cauley. Cauley based on a strong spring has drawn high division one interest from schools like Kansas and Oklahoma. In fact the Mokan team has size that would rival most college teams with seven players 6’5″ or taller.
Mo-Kan Elite 62  Texas D1 Ambassadors-San Antonio 61
The game was an up and down affair in the first half. Uncharacteristically the D1 Ambassadors took many ill advised shots, taking over 15 three point shots. The shots themselves were not necessarily bad but Texas D1 completely abandoned attacking the basket likely because of the superior Mo-Kan size. Conversely Mo-Kan did an excellent job of attacking the rim and got the D1 Ambassador team in early foul trouble and forced them into a zone defense for only the second time this year. At the end of the first half Mokan lead 30 – 21.

2012 G Adam Perez (left) is proving to be a tough nut on the circuit with timely shooting, excellent decision making and an array of tricky moves to the bucket.  2012 G Uche Ofoegbu (right) continues to impress with his athleticism, energy on the boards and ability to score the ball.  This has him being recruited Big XII & Big East

In the second half the young D1 Ambassadors group did a great job controlling tempo and taking much better shots. Methodically they whittled away at Mo-Kan and took a one point lead with three minutes left. From there the game was back and forth with 2012 guard Adam Perez hitting a three point shot with 15 seconds to go and tied the score.  Mo-Kan did come down and miss a shot with four seconds to go but they were able to cause an unfortunate turnover which lead to a foul a two shot foul. Mo-Kan went one for two from the line. A hail mary shot at the buzzer was not meant to be and the D1 Ambassadors lost a tough one 62 – 61. The Ambassadors were lead in by 2012 guards Adam Perez from San Antonio Clark who had 14 and 2012 G Uche Ofoegbu of San Antonio Stevens who had 11. They were followed by 2012 Clark guards Nikko Maxwell with 8 and Carter Josephs with 6.

Texas D1 Ambassadors-San Antonio 63  Omaha Unity Stars (NE) 27
Today’s morning game was an entirely different matter as 16 year old Connor Lammert, a 2012 6’9″ post player from San Antonio Churchill was not hounded all game by two 6’10” and one 6’11” defenders.  He had his way with the smaller Nebraska squad, giving them the business around the rim dropping 16 points and double digit rebounds.
 
2012 Connor Lammert of San Antonio Churchill, at 6’9″ and only 16 years old is San Antonio’s top post prospect. He combines three point range with nifty footwork arounf the cup to created an impact.

Texas D1 Ambassadors 66  Oklahoma Prime Time 61

The San Antonio group opened up bracket play against a tough opponent in the Oklahoma Primetime. It was a tight game throughout with neither team able to generate a double digit lead.  The D1 Ambassadors gutted out a five point victory over an the athletic group from Oklahoma City. Texas D1 took the lead with three minutes left on a 3 pointer from 2012 Adam Perez of San Antonio Clark. From there Perez and his San Antonio Clark backcourt mate 2012 Carter Josephs did an outstanding job of handling the full court pressure by the Primetime squad.  2012 G Joey Louwagie of San Antonio Johnson was also key down the stretch playing great perimeter defense which assisted in shutting down the great perimeter play of the Primetine group. 2012 Adam Perez lead the D1 Ambassadors with an outstanding game scoring 21 to lead the team.

Oklahoma Elite 55  Texas D1 Ambassadors-San Antonio 51
In what easily could have been a tournament semi final or final game the D1 Ambassadors lost a tough four point game to the Oklahoma Elite. The Elite squad out of Tulsa is one of the top groups around and have won big tournaments in 2011 including Team Texas’ Next Level Baller in Dallas in April. The Elite are lead by 6’5″ Jake Bullard a wing who is the #1 2012 target for the University of Tulsa.

This game was a battle from the start and the D1 Ambassadors struggled with their offense and found themselves down 11 at half. A three pointer off a set play to Adam Perez to open the second half cut the lead to 8 and from there it was game on. In an intense and physical game Texas D1 off a steal by Carter Josephs and pass for a three to high school running mate Adam Perez cut the Elite lead to 2 with a minute left. After another steal the D1 Ambassadors had a good look to take the lead with 20 seconds left; but 2012 Uche Ofoegbu’s shot was just off.  The Elite held on with Bullard hitting two free throws to seal the four point victory. Bullard finished with 24 and solid game showing why he is a mid major plus Division 1 prospect. Adam Perez had a tremendous second half as he moved to the two guard and hit five three pointers and finished with 21. Connor Lammert had a solid game and finished with 14. 2012 Uche Ofoegbu also chipped in with 10 points..



The D1 Ambassadors had a solid weekend finishing 3-2, and look to continue a successful season next weekend in Dallas and the Great American Shootout Summer Tip Off. They look to add to their depth with the return of San Antonio Player of the Year Cole Martinez and 6’5″ 2A All State 2012 Aaron Ramirez from Santa Rosa from the Rio Grande Valley.

D1 Ambassadors 2013’s Asserting Themselves

Most of the attention goes to the players on the 17U circuit, but one of the things that make the Texas D1 Ambassadors a sure bet for college coaches and their recruiting radar every year is the fact that there are always prospects waiting in the wings.  With four different sets of 16 U players working on their games and learning what it takes to compete at the highest levels this year’s groups in waiting are no exception.  Quality coaching, mentoring and leadership from Tremaine Wingield, Reggie Bostic, Ron Morse & Earl Battley ensures that the Class of 2013 will emerge in the Austin area as one of quality.

Team Bostic shows off their hardware from the Houston Hoops Spring Showcase

Back Row: George Anthony, Wesley Brown, Ras Bach
Front Row: Darian Bostic, Dylan Larson, Napoleon Onyeje, Justin Moss


The Texas D1 Ambassadors-Team Bostic traveled to Houston to compete in the Houston Hoops Summer Prep Classic. The team, made up of all 2013 players, did very well finishing 2nd in the 17U Gold Bracket. They split pool play 1-1 but came back Sunday with a vengeance.


Team Bostic blew through Texas Extreme 72-66 and in the semi-finals Team Bostic didn’t let up as they ran through Team TKO winning 60-43 to advance them to the championship. Their impressive win included everyone scoring, a perfect example of great team chemistry and hard work. G Napoleon Onyeje of Pflugerville High had 13 points 3 assists and 3 steals in the win. PG Darian Bostic of Pflugerville High was also strong with 8 points, 2 assists and 2 rebounds. WG Ras Bach of Austin Anderson had 4 points while F Justin Moss of Pflugerville came in with 15 points. PG Dylan Larsen of New Braunfels was equally as good with 8 points and 2 assists. The big men, PF 6’7 Wesley Brown out of Pflugerville High had 6 points, 5 boards and 3 blocks and PF 6’5 George Anthony of Austin Anderson had 6 points and 4 boards, again doing a great job controlling the paint.


Team Bostic is proving to be a force to be reckoned with as they continue to demonstrate they are quite capable of competing at the 17U level.  They’re working well together as a squad with everyone contributing to their success. Their chemistry and unselfish play will surely lead them to a successful season as they gear up for their Las Vegas Live debut in July.
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Austin Championship: Texas D-1 Ambassadors -Team Battley defeat Austin Wilcats 62-42


Team Battley continues in the tradition of the best prospects in Killeen playing with the D1 Ambassadors. Team Battley went 5-0 to win Austin Rising Stars Invitational 16U Division. They defeated the Rising Stars 16u, Austin Wilcats, Dallas Bad Boyz, as well as Austin and One. 2013 G Renard Thomas of Shoemaker (12 points 8 assists), 2013 G Tyler Brown of Harker Heights and 2013 G Julian Battley of Harker Heights provided Team Battley with much needed three point shooting throughout the tournament. 2013 F Darius James of Harker Heights, 2013 F Naashon Hughes of Harker Heights and 2013 F Jose Romain of Killeen Shoemaker each averaged double doubles throughout the tournament.

Elite 8 In The Desert Wrap Up

Sunday started out in disappointing fashion for the Texas D1 Ambassadors-Houston as they laid an egg in their bracket game, losing 50-40 to the California Future.  After closing the gap to a 2 point game, texas D1 coiuld not finish around the rim missing countless layups.  Going 0-7 from the free throw line when it was a two point game with 4 minutes left sealed their fate. Nobody reached double figures, with Houston Yates 2012 F Maurice Letcher-Ellis leading the team with 8 points, 4 rebounds and 4 blocks.

The good news is that I was freed up to watch the championship bracket play of the this top class event.  Along the way, several of the favorites tumbled.  In addition to the Texas D1 Ambassadors, Belmont Shore (CA) didn’t even make bracket play and the highly touted Compton Magic lost the championship game.  The top performers that I observed over the weekend in no particular order were:

2012 Alex Caruso                     Texas D1 Ambassadors-Houston (TX)
Caruso stubbed his toe in his last bracket game but continues to grow his national pub with his all around play.  At almost 6’6″ he can run the 1, 2 or 3.
2012 Gabe York                        Compton Magic (CA)
Smooth, scoring machine.  York is a big time player who can get to the rim at will, and when there rise above it.  He’s got deep range and will be a high major star/pro down the road.
2013 Cullen Neal                       Danny Granger Hurricanes (NM)
The son of New Mexico Coach Craig “Noodles” Neal is on his way to a national rep.  Just a baby, but he understands the game, competes hard, can shoot it from anywhere on the floor and makes team mates better.
2013 Jeremiah April                  Compton Magic
The young big (6’10”) has his coming out party and oozes potential at the highest level.
2012 Jimmy Elder-Chapman     San Diego Warriors (CA)
An unfortunate concussion in the semi final landed Chapman in the hospital, missing his San Diego Warriors overtime win over Compton Magic 48-46.  That’s the only thing which stopped the 6’7″ Chapman all weekend as he scored inside and out. 

Big props to his team mates who came into the event unheralded.  They suffered another injury in addition to Chapman’s and played the championship game with no subs and not a single player over 6 foot to down the huge Compton squad.

Elite 8 In The Desert Wrap Up

Sunday started out in disappointing fashion for the Texas D1 Ambassadors-Houston as they laid an egg in their bracket game, losing 50-40 to the California Future.  After closing the gap to a 2 point game, texas D1 coiuld not finish around the rim missing countless layups.  Going 0-7 from the free throw line when it was a two point game with 4 minutes left sealed their fate. Nobody reached double figures, with Houston Yates 2012 F Maurice Letcher-Ellis leading the team with 8 points, 4 rebounds and 4 blocks.

The good news is that I was freed up to watch the championship bracket play of the this top class event.  Along the way, several of the favorites tumbled.  In addition to the Texas D1 Ambassadors, Belmont Shore (CA) didn’t even make bracket play and the highly touted Compton Magic lost the championship game.  The top performers that I observed over the weekend in no particular order were:

2012 Alex Caruso                     Texas D1 Ambassadors-Houston (TX)
Caruso stubbed his toe in his last bracket game but continues to grow his national pub with his all around play.  At almost 6’6″ he can run the 1, 2 or 3.
2012 Gabe York                        Compton Magic (CA)
Smooth, scoring machine.  York is a big time player who can get to the rim at will, and when there rise above it.  He’s got deep range and will be a high major star/pro down the road.
2013 Cullen Neal                       Danny Granger Hurricanes (NM)
The son of New Mexico Coach Craig “Noodles” Neal is on his way to a national rep.  Just a baby, but he understands the game, competes hard, can shoot it from anywhere on the floor and makes team mates better.
2013 Jeremiah April                  Compton Magic
The young big (6’10”) has his coming out party and oozes potential at the highest level.
2012 Jimmy Elder-Chapman     San Diego Warriors (CA)
An unfortunate concussion in the semi final landed Chapman in the hospital, missing his San Diego Warriors overtime win over Compton Magic 48-46.  That’s the only thing which stopped the 6’7″ Chapman all weekend as he scored inside and out. 

Big props to his team mates who came into the event unheralded.  They suffered another injury in addition to Chapman’s and played the championship game with no subs and not a single player over 6 foot to down the huge Compton squad.