Friday, October 29, 2010

D1 Nation Diamonds In The Rough @ Alief Elsik HS.

D1 Nation Contributing Editor, AW "Gym Range" Robinson has been busy polishing up another pair of Diamonds In The Rough.  Today, we feature 2011 PG 5'11" Cortlandt Mills of Alief Elsik. 
Mills is a quality lead guard who has the ability to run the team and put the ball in the goal with deep 3’s, a nice mid range game & by  attacking the rim. His best game of the summer was vs. MBA Hoops from Jackson, MS where he gave their nationally ranked PG DeVille Smith (Mississippi State) fits with his pressure defense and change of speed,  controlling the game & getting the win. Attention all WAC, Missouri Valley & Mountain West teams.  This guy will impact your teams.

Mills partner in the Elsik backcourt, 2013 SG 6'3" De’Shawn Robinson is no slouch.  Houston's loaded with talent, and it's not all inside Loop 610!
Stevenson is a smooth player who can do it all. He can run the point in addition to the two guard. He is very athletic on the fast break attacking the rim like a young Dwyane Wade. I first met him at the Alief 24 hr fitness two years ago where he was playing with grown men & getting it done. Expect him to climb the 2013 ranks as he's hungry to be repected nationally as well.
P.S.  We apologize for the quality of the pics and will try to obtan better photos asap.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

D1 Nation Houston- Hoop Scoop (ST. Thomas HS)

                                                                  ST. Thomas High School

Danny Evans is in his 2nd season as the captain of the Eagles ship. ST. Thomas is one of the oldest private schools in Houston and is rich in tradition. The Eagles are primed for a run at the Tapps 6A State Title, they last won the state title in 2008.  ST Thomas  has size,  (Jeremy King 6'9) good perimeter players ( Christian Sanders 6'3/ Chase Brogna 6'0) and supporting cast. The Eagles expect to soar high this season.

Chase Brogna
Chris Brown
Adam Drexler
Andrew Jones
Nick Longino
Ian  Hurley
Jeremy King
Doc Perrier
Christian Sanders
Ryan Taylor
Darnell Theriot Jr
Chris Voss
Patrick Keating

Friday, October 22, 2010

D1 Nation: Diamond In the Rough - 2011 Jarvis Thibodeaux 6'7 forward

                                      D1 Nation Polishes another Diamond In the Rough :

Standing 6'7 attending ST. Pius X HS in Houston,TX is Jarvis Thibodeaux (2011) .
Jarvis plays hard on both ends of floor, he is athletic and possess good hands for a big man. he finishes well around the rim, blocks many shots and is making the mid range shot with regularity. Another sleeper in the Houston Area. Coaches this kid will make a splash, check him out.

D1 Nation Houston- Real Talk (Jarrion Brooks)

D1 Nation Real Talk : 2011 Jarrion Brooks of  Houston Wheatley HS

D1 Nation Contributing Editor: Orin Bailey had a  chance to sit and chat with Wheatley's HS PG 6'0 Jarrion (Jay) Brooks for some real talk.

How old were you when you first started playing basketball?
3yrs old, My 1st goal was a fisher price goal.
What are some of your hobbies outside of basketball?
Hanging out with my brother and Coach Elder, they keep me focused and happy in life.
What is your favorite class in school?
What is your favorite food?
What music are you listening to before a game?
Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross,
What college player or NBA player do you model your game after?
Rudy Gay

What are your goals for this season?
Get bigger faster, stronger, improve my recruiting and help my team bring a state title down 290.
Who is the best player that you played against last spring or summer?
DeWayne Reed, Chip Cartwright,
What is the best college conference in college basketball?
Who are the top teams in Texas this year?
Jack Yates, Jones, Wheatley,
What colleges are recruiting you currently?
My recruiting is starting to pick up.
Who are the top 5 players in Houston?
SHeldon McClellen, Julien Lewis, Joe Miles, myself,
Who is your favorite NBA player?
Tracy McGrady
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Playing in NBA, Succeeding in college majoring in Business

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

D1 Nation Houston- Hoop Scoop (Christian Life Academy)

                                                         Christian Life Academy

Carlos Wilson - conducts the train better known as Christian Life Academy. Over the past five years or so many college coaches from across the country have visited the basketball factory in Humble, Texas.  Besides building a quality high school program, Christian Life has a prep team for post high school graduates looking to increase their recruitment.  Just like similiar years in the past, Christian life is stacked with talent at every position. This star studded cast should be fun to watch, and pose a serious threat to its opponents this season.

 Christian Life Roster
Josh Gray
Anthony Norris
Joe Burton
Tyler Rambo
Michael Lewis
Darnell  Harris
Jordan Goodman
Deividas Pukis
PJ Hardwick
Chris Campbell
Pat Mockawitz
Alex Vasiljevic
Ahmad Ibrahim
Goree Allen

Diamond In the Rough -2011 Guard Charles Allen

Diamond in the Rough - Charles Allen 6'3 Guard -Second Baptist 2011

Charles has flown under the radar and has an uncanny ability to put the ball in the basket. Charles is athletic, has a great feel for the game and plays hard on both ends of the court. This kid is a steal for any college that gets his services.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Diamond In the Rough Guard 2013 - 5'10 Khalil Potts

The D1Nation polishes another Diamond in the Rough : Khalil Potts 5'10 (2013) Guard from Houston Reagan HS
Khalil Potts has an explosive first step and simply puts the ball in the bucket at a high rate. Khalil has a good feel for the game and makes plays on both end of the court. This kid will truly blow up this season. Be on the lookout, Houston!  

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

St. Thomas High School Varsity Fall League


Tonight wraps up the 7 week Varsity fall league @ St. Thomas HS. Every team has improved and the floor time is invaluable and has allowed coaches time to evaluate players and work on combinations.

5:00pm Second Baptist (2-4) vs Memorial HS (3-3)
halftime score MHS 29-SBHS 21
final score-MHS 48- SBHS 47
MHS- Max Yanke 12
SBHS-Kendrick Morris 16, Nicholas Madole 13pts
Kendrick Morris 6'7 (2013) Second Baptist

6:00pm ST. Thomas White(II) (2-4) vs ST.Pius HS(3-2)
halftime score SPHS   -STHS 34 STHS 17
final score SPHS 46-  STHS 37
Darnell Theriot Jr  5'9 (2012) St. Thomas

STHS- Doc Perrier 12pts, Darnell Theriot 10pts
SPHS- Devon Turk 21pts,

7:00pm ST.Thomas Red(Varsity) (6-0 )vs Wheatley HS (5-1)
*Rematch of last weeks match-up*
In the rematch of the teams with the best two records it was a different day, yet same result. The Wheatley Wildcats fought hard and had a chance down the stretch,  but the Eagles from St. Thomas were just too much tonight. The pressure from Wheatley didnt appear to bother Eagles and they were able get several easy baskets versus the trap.
*ST. Thomas finshed the fall league unbeaten (7-0).
halftime Score STHS 34- WHS 24
Final Score STHS 62- WHS 59

Jeremy King 6'9 (2012) St.Thomas
Chris Brown 6'4 (2011)  St.Thomas
  STHS- Jeremy King 18pts,  Christian Sanders 18pts, Ian Hurley 13pts, Chris Brown 11pts / 10 rebs,
WHS- Randy Lewis 18pts, Kedron Ginn 15pts, Paul Ball 10pts

Randy Lewis
8:00pm Spring Woods (0-6) vs Reagan HS ( 1-5)
halftime score RHS 24-SWHS 18
final score RHS  62- SWHS 47

SWHS- Faliq Gaither 14pts
RHS- Khalil Potts 20pts

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Diamond In the Rough- 2013 guard Josh Gordon

          The D1 Nation Polishes Another Diamond In The Rough - 2013  Guard 5'9 Josh Gordon
Josh Gordon -2013 (Emery Weiner School)

Josh is an above average shooter for a point guard  and runs a team really well.  Gordon has a true passion for the game ,and simply makes plays on  both ends of  the court. Be on the lookout for this kid, coaches.  

St. Thomas High School JV Fall League

Oct. 12, 2010

5:00pm St.Thomas black(frosh) (2-4) vs St.Pius X(JV) (2-4)
halftime SPHS 38- STHS 32
final score SPHS 80  - STHS 53

Chris Walker  6'0 (2013) ST. Pius
SPHS- Chris Walker 18pts, Solomon 18pts, John Paul 14pts, John Griffin 11pts
STHS- Jaime Keating 27pts, Jordan Rosales 13pts, Joshua Reese 13pts,
Jaime Keating 6'2 (2014) St. Thomas HS

6:00pm ST.HS(JV) (3-3) vs Lamar HS (JV) (0-4)
halftime score LHS 23- STHS 16
final score STHS 41-- LHS 29

Rowan Brumant 6'3 (2012) St. Thomas HS
STHS-Jaren Murphy 10, Rowan Brumant 10pts,
LHS- no player scored double digits

7:00pm Memorial HS(JV) (6-0) vs Washington HS(JV) (3-1)
halftime Score-WHS 34-MHS 25
final score- MHS 58  -WHS 49

MHS- Rod Dayyani 18, Michael White 13
WHS- Marquez LeBlanc 13 pts

Marquez LeBlanc 6'4(2013) Washington HS

Monday, October 11, 2010

D1 Nation Real Talk: 2011 D.J. Griggs of Brazosport

D1 Nation Contributing Editor A.W. "Gym Range" Robinson caught up with Brazosport star PG 6'0" D.J. Griggs of Brazosport for this edition of Real Talk.

How old were you when you started playing basketball?
What are some of your hobbies outside of basketball
Chillin' & texting
What is your favorite classi in school?
What's on your IPOD before a game?
What's your favorite food?
Hot wings
What college or NBA player do you model your game after?
Johnny Flynn & Brandon Jennings
List some goals you've set for this year.
Average 30 points and 10 assists.
2011 CG D.J. Griggs of Brazosport
Who are top 5 colleges recruiting you the hardest?
Wake Forest, Syracuse, Georgetown, Illinois, & Arizona
What is the best conference in college basketball.
Big East
List the top 6 players in Houston right now.
Julian Lewis, Sheldon McClellan, D'Angelo Harrison, Terran Pettaway, Cameron, & The Harrison Twins.
What part of your game needs im provement the most?
My attitude.
Who is your favorite NBA player from Houston?
Daniel Gibson
Who are the top 5A & 4A teams this year?
Houston Yates or Fort Bend Bush
Where do you see yourself being 5 years from now?

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Diamond In The Rough 2011 C 6'11" Sirius Berwanger of Houston Episcopal

The D1 Nation Polishes Another Diamond In The Rough
6’11 C 2011 Sirius Berwanger Episcopal HS is a traditional back to the basketb big man who loves to play and bang inside.  He has great hands for rebounds, put backs & blocks. He's a good free throw shooter. You can mark him down for 20 pts & 10 rebs a game. He reminds me of old school Oklahoma State alum, Bryant "Big Country" Reeves.

D1 Nation: Diamond In The Rough: 2013 PF Xavier Dupree of Alief Taylor

The D1 Nation polishes another Diamond In The Rough

He's 2013 PF Xavier Dupree of Alief Taylor. The 6’8 2013 PF Xavier Dupree Alief Taylor HS Dupree blocks almost everything that comes his way and cleans the boards very well.  He can post up hard or pop out for the pick and pop to hit the midrange shot.  He's a high energy player that plays well above the rim.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

New Orleans D1 Ambassadors Duo Off The Board

The New Orleans D1 Ambassadors Elite made their debut this past spring in Houston at Jimmy Hicks Ice Breaker.  Despite being undermanned and travel weary when they hit H Town, a blind man could see that this was a talented crew of 2011/2012 players.  In the last week two of those guys have made their decision as to where they'll attend school.

2011 F 6'10" Jernard Jarrou of New Orleans McDonough 35
2011 F 6'10" Jernard Jarrou of New Orleans McDonough 35 committed to the Washington Huskies.  Only a few days prior he'd jumped the gun and verballed to Virginia Commonwealth, but then decided to take a trip to the Pacific Northwest. In many ways, Jarrou reminds me of former D1 Ambassador John Henson.  He's got the long, thin frame bornse as result of sprouting up from 6'5" to 6'10" this past year a la Henson's late growth spurt.  Jarrou still handles the ball well, shoots it comfortably from beyond the arc & swats everything that is remotely near him on the defensive end of the court.  Lorenzo Romar got a good one in Jarrou, a future pro

2011 F 6'7" Trevante Drye of Baton Rouge Glen Oaks
2011 F 6'7" Trevante Drye, is one of the classiest kids to ever wear a D1 Ambassadors uniform (he actually played for Texas D1 as a soph, prior to our stand alone team this year out of New Orleans).  Last night Tre committed to Tulane University in Conference USA, picking the Wave over SMU, and UNC-Charlotte among others. An excellent student in addition to being a very good basketball player, Drye is extremely expolsive around the basket and out to about 12 feet.  He rebounds like a demon and despite being a nice young man, he has a nasty streak under the boards which makes him deadly. He's the son of former LSU player Louis Earl and nephew to McDonald's All American (LSU & Kansas legend) Lester Earl.  Follow the link below to the Advocate and you'll see that his Mom was the inspiration in his life.

Congratulation to the Jarrou & Drye Families.  Coach Max

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

D1 Nation Real Talk: 2011 Jacoby Harrison of Houston Jones

D1 Nation Contributing Editor Orin Bailey caught up with 2011 Jacoby Harrison of Houston Jones

How old were you when you first started playing basketball?10
What are some of your hobbies outside of basketball?Chilling with friends, watching tv, and playing 2k
What is your favorite class in school?US Government
What is your favorite food?Hamburgers
What music are you listening to before a game?
What college player or NBA player do you model your game after?
Glen ''Big baby'' Davis
What are your goals for this season?Lose weight, get quicker, and more explosive

2011 Jacoby Harrison of Houston Jones
Who is the best player that you played against last spring or summer?
LeBryan NashWhat is the best college conference in college basketball?
ACCWho are the top teams in Texas this year?
Houston Jones, Fort Bush, Lamarque, Galveston Ball, & Houston Yates
What colleges are recruiting you currently?
Lamar, UT-Arlington, Tulane, Hartford, & McNeese StateWho are the top 5 players in Houston?
Terran Pettaway, Joe Miles, Demarcus Johnson, Julien Lewis, & MeWho is your favorite NBA player?
Kevin Garnett
Where do you see yourself in five years?

Jacoby has  soft hands, good footwork, and possesses great strength for a big man, and is one of Houston area's premiere low post players. He's a mid to high major prospect.-Coach Orin Bailey

D1 Nation Coaches Corner: Coach Gary Nichols of Fort Bend Thurgood Marshall

D1 Nation's AW "Gym Range" Robinson kickin' it with Portland Trail Blazer/Houston Rocket & hometown Houston Sterling alum, Clyde "The Glyde" Drexler
In this edition of D1 Nation Coaches Corner. Gym Range caught up with Coach Gary Nichols of Fort Bend Marshall.

What is your alma mater?
Albion College   Albion , Michigan
How long have you been coaching high school basketball? 
28 years
Who inspired you to get into coaching?

No one, but my parents inspired
me to do something to help people.
What is you favorite food?

Seafood and home cooked meals
What teams will be the toughest games this year?

All of them will be tough.

What is the most difficult task when coaching basketball?
Getting players to understand their roles.
Who is you favorite college coach?
Nolan Richardson, Clem Haskins, Tubby Smith
Give you definition of a good coach?

Cares for the players, and
refusing to let them not work hard.
What music do you listen to before a game?

Jazz if I'm too hype. Old school funk.
Who is the best players you've ever coached?

Too many to name without leaving someone out.
What are some goals for this season?

Every year the same goals: work as hard as possible to be the best.

St. Thomas High School Varsity Fall League

ST. Thomas Fall League Schedule
Wednesday October 6,2010

ST.Thomas Red (Varsity)vs (5-0) vs Wheatley HS (5-0)
*Game of The Night*
Players to watch: STHS- Jeremy King 6'9, Christian Sanders 6'3, Adam Drexler 6'5
                           WHS- Jarrion Brooks 6'0, Kedron Ginn 5'10, Victor Preston 6'5
halftime score-STHS 42-WHS 23
final score- STHS 67-WHS 52

Adam Drexler 6'5 (2012) ST Thomas
Ian Hurley 5'10 (2011) ST. Thomas

STHS- Adam Drexler 20pts, Ian Hurley 14pts, 7 assists, Christian Sanders 12pts
WHS- Kedron Ginn 13pts, Randy Lewis  13pts, Rusty Hayward 13pts
Randy Lewis (2011) 5'10 Wheatley

Kedron Ginn 5'10 (2011) Wheatley

ST.Thomas White(II) (2-3)vs Second Baptist)(1-4)
Players to watch; STHS- 5'10 Darnell Theriot, Ryan Taylor 6'2
                         :SBHS- 6'7 Julien Person, Khadeem Lattin 6'9,Kendrick Morris 6'7
                          halftime score SBHS 43- STHS 34
                          final score SBHS 74- STHS 55
Kendrick Morris 6'7(2013) SBHS
   SBHS Charles Allen 26, Julien Person 17, Kendrick Morris 15pts 7blks
Charles Allen 6'3(2011) SBHS
   STHS Doc Perrier 15pts, Ryan Taylor 12pts, Adam Drexler 12

Memorial HS(2-3) vs Spring Woods(0-5)
Players to watch: MHS- Russell Clark 6'3, Connor Phillips 5'9, 
                          SWHS- Max Gerell 6'0, Faliq Gaither 5'9
halftime score MHS 24-SWHS 22
final score MHS 51- SWHS 34
MHS- Connor Phillips 18
SWHS- Faliq Gaiter 12

Reagan HS(1-4) vs St. Pius HS(2-2)
Players to watch:  RHS-Khalil Potts 5'10,
                           SPHS- Trey Guidry 6'6, Carl Culberson 5'9, Devon Turk 6'3,
halftime score- SPHS 38- RHS 37
final score-     SPHS 77-RHS 69
SPHS- Devon Turk 20pts, Jarvis Thibodeaux 16pts, 10rebs, 5blks, Carl Culberson 12pts, Kenny Wells 11pts

Jarvis Thibodeaux 6'7(2011)
RHS-Khalil Potts 18pts, Jared Pruitt 14
Khalil Potts 5'9 (2013)