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.
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.
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.