One of the most exciting basketball endeavors I’ve ever been involved in is in the unveiling of the inaugural D1 Nation’s Houston Thanksgving Jamboree. The dates are November 25-26th, 2011 at Houston St. Thomas High School’s beautifully renovated gym where Coach Danny Evans’ basketball team just opened the new season in defense of their State Championship with a win on the shoulders of Stanford commit Christian Sanders and 6’9″ Jeremy King.
St. Thomas was a natural venue for this event as the outstanding combination of athletics and academics at this school are what we stand for at the D1 Nation. St. Thomas has just spent close to $200,000 on a new state of the art bleacher system, they’re building a huge new weight room and they also have a couple of additional basketball courts in the planning stages of pre construction.
In addition they’re building a multi level parking garage. The Eagles baseball facilities are outstanding and the program is headed up by Houston Astros legend, Craig Biggio. Athletic Director Mike Netzel really has a vision for the campus and the athletic programs, all while maintaining academic excellence.
A late start in planning for this event had many teams already committed to their schedules for the 2011-2012 season. This event will blow up in subsequent years as teams see the quality of this event and the media coverage delivered to the teams. The schedule for this exciting event which includes two teams from Louisiana is as follows:
4:30 Sharpstown vs. Houston Furr
6PM Houston Episcopal v Madison Prep (LA)
7:30 Houston St. Thomas v Brazosport
3:00 New Iberia (LA) vs Houston Episcopal
4:30 Bryan vs. Fort Bend Elkins
6PM Houston Westside v Madison Prep (LA)
7:30 Houston Bellaire v Houston St. Thomas
The following media outlets have also confirmed coverage for the event: