Tuesday, November 29, 2011

D1 Nation Houston Thanksgiving Jamboree Top Performers

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Wow! I cannot thank the various media outlets enough who took the time to write on our inaugural D1 Nation Houston Thanksgiving Jamboree and the players who performed in it. I will wait until all their stories are posted and then provide links for the competitors, high school coaches, college coaches, parents and fans to enjoy.-Coach Max Ivany
The D1 Nation Houston Thanksgiving Jamboree's Top Dozen Performers

1. The MVP: 2012 G 6'4" Christian Sanders Houston St. Thomas (TX) Stanford
Stanford has gotten a gem in Sanders. Yes, he is a high level shooter but that's not all he brings to the table. He's longer, quicker and tougher than you think. MUCH Tougher! This kid is a competitor who does not like to lose and knows how to finish games. He wants the ball and never loses his focus. 18 points vs Brazosport and 32 against Houston Bellaire only tell part of the story.
2. 2013 W 6'9" Jarell Martin Baton Rouge Madison Prep (LA)
Martin was the sure fire pro at the event. His talent is obvious. Ultra long, bouncy, skilled and has a nice perimeter stroke. How about the intangibles though? He's obviously on a second year team with talent not quite up to his level. Does he sulk or act above his other team mates? Absolutely not. His demeanor mever changes, he runs the floor with continuous effort on both ends and the score does not matter. He keeps working. Toss in the fact that he's only been playing basketball three years, only had one summer on the circuit and has only played a total of 11 high school games thus far. There's a reason that Louisville, Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas, Louisiana State, Marquette and others have offered him already.
3. 2013 G 6'1" Ken "Juice" Williams Houston Episcopal (TX)
The Juice is loose!...and I'm not talking about the infamous O.J. This is Ken Williams who's as good a microwave scorer as you'll find in the 2013 Class. He can and will shoot it from deep but he's got a devastatingly quick first step and burst to the cup that's not easy to defend. He had 27 in EACH of Episcopal's wins. He defeinds hard too, only question I have is how does he distribute the ball at the next level? Not saying he can't, just that he was busy scorching and scoring during this event.
4. 2012 G 6'1" Branford Jones Fort Bend Elkins Long Beach State
Long Beach has a tough program, and they've gotten a tough kid in Jones. One of talent rich Houston's best guards he can score, distribute, defend and lead a team. He's got just enough of a swagger but he combines that with a hard nosed style of play.
5. 2012 G 6'0" Chase Brogna Houston St. Thomas
St. Thomas' backcourt was the difference in their two wins. Running the point and off guard Brogna had an outstanding event. He scored 15 and 18 in his two games. It wasn't only with his trademark catch and shoot perimeter game though. He slashed to the hole effectively in traffic several times and hit clutch midrange shots.
6. 2013 P 6'5" Kendell Ramrale Houston Episcopal
The negatives, he's undersized. Now, forget the negatives. Go ahead and recruit Ramrale. He's got Ivy type grades, toughness and court savvy. He's strong physically and bangs on every play controlling the boards against bigger opponents. He was the event's leading rebounder, totalling near 30.

7. 2012 P 6'9" Jeremy King Houston St, Thoma
King's got it down pat on the defensive end. He rebounds exceptionally well and is an above average shot blocker. Offensively King shows flashes of brilliance but it's intermittent. Once he tidies that up and revs his motor he's a high major. He's a nice mid major get in the spring as things now stand. Good academics and athleticism make him an intriguing prospect.

8. 2012 G 5'11" D.J. Griggs Brazosport
Griggs is well put together and is quick on both ends of the floor. He's got multiple D1 offers but is currently scheduled to attend prep school. He's academically in order but feels he can get "better" offers with another year to hone his PG skills. Griggs has long range although he was off on Friday night. He did get to the free throw line a bunch and once there he knocked them down. He finished with 16 points.
9. 2013 WG 6'3" Jaleen Smith Brazosport
Smith is going to be a real find. Playing on a low profile club team has kept him under the radar but the word will quickly get out that this active, high energy player is long, can shoot it from deep and slash to the hole. He's a nice mid major find.

10. 2012 G 6'1" Myles Elgin Houston Bellaire
Elgin was the heart and soul of Bellaire. He slashed to the hole and he battled bigger players for rebounds. He's fearless and plays with a high level of intensity. He would not allow his Bellaire team mates to quit, never let the crowd intimidate him and finished with 20 points.

11. 2013 P 6'8" Bobby Reeves Houston Furr
Reeves was a new face to me. He's raw, but has a great body; long and wide. Keith White, come get this guy and work with him! Had 15 rebounds and got better as the game went on.

12. 2013 PG 5'11" Robert Hatter Houston Westside
Hatter has some growing/filling out to do. However he pushes the ball well and has confidence in his shot from deep. Clearly made his team "go". SHowed a nice ability to both get out and to finish in transition as well.
Just outside the Top Twelve were 2012 P 6'4" Mark Gray of New Iberia (LA) who is undersized and not particularly fleet of foot. However, this kid showed the heart of a lion and a knack for rebounding and scoring down low which require me to give him props. Tough sell to D1 because of his size but he will help a college program at the D2 level.

Also, 2013 W 6'5" Khory Ross of Brazosport is a long, intriguing prospect. I felt he was too quick to shoot it on his first touch from the perimeter and unfortunately it limited his impact on the game. No doubt he's a prospect though and will be a nice mid major player when all is said and done.

2013 G Jamal Williams of Houston Episcopal is long, quick defensively and not afraid to take shots at key points in the game. Will be one of Houston's more intriguing 2013 prospects.

Monday, November 28, 2011

D1 Nation Houston Thanksgiving Jamboree Recaps

The inugural D1 Nation Thanksgiving Jamboree has now come and gone. The event was a huge success. As both days progressed the crods grew, culminating in a house that was rocking when the host team St. Thomas Eagles took the court in what turned out to be high energy victories over Brazosport and last night over Houston Bellaire. Despite the fact that many college teams are playing in tournaments of their own this time of year the first time field was strong enough to attract college coaches from Texas A&M, Lousiana State University, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Louisville, Lee College, Springhill College (AL), Air Force, Baylor and UTEP. My man, John Lucas was in attendance as well.

The following media outlets were on hand to provide coverage for the event. www.d1nation.com www.areacodesbasketball.com www.westcoasthoopsreport.com www.fivestarbasketball.com www.rcssports.com www.rivals.com www.texashoops.com and www.bbcbasketballplayers.com

Houston Furr 70 Sharpstown 65
Both teams have young coaching staffs and young players trying to make a name for themselves. The opener was a see saw affair. In the end it was too much of 2013 P 6'8" Bobby Reeves of Furr. As the game wore on, Reeves wore Sharpstown out to the tune of 24 points and 15 rebounds.
Houston Episcopal Baton Rouge Madison Prep (LA)
Episcopal were not good hosts to the young Louisiana squad as they broke open a close game late in the 3rd quarter behind the scoring of 2013 G Ken "Juice" Williams who had 27 points. I was also impressed with the work ethic of one of the State's top rebounders in 2013 P 6'5" Kendell Ramrale who had double digit boards and controlled the defensive end. 2013 F 6'9" Madison Prep's Jarell Martin had the crowd buzzing as he had several nice dunks, showed off his length and also highlighted his handles, which were pretty impressive for a young man that big. He finished with 15 points. Amazingly, this was only the 10th high school game of his career.

Houston St. Thomas Brazosport
Brazosport jumped out early on the home team, St. Thomas 16-7. That was the highlight of their night though as St. Thomas is just too talented and methodical in getting the shots they want. Their backcourt is polished with 2012 G Christian Sanders (Stanford) leading the way with 18. 2012 PG Chase Brogna had 15. I've watched Brogna for awhile now and he is continuing to make strides in his defensive footspeed and improved handles and a little slash to his game. He's rounding into a more complete player while still maintaining his shooter's edge. Brazosport were led by 2013 G D.J. Griggs as he scored 16. His shot wasn't fall tonight and most of his points came from the free throw line.
2013 G D.J. Griggs

2012 P 6'10" Jeremy King showed more offensive aggressiveness in a 3 minute span than I've seen out of him before as he had two monster dunks, including one off the bounce from the wing. He finished with 10 points. Both King and Brogna are unsigned and have excellent credentials on the academic side of the coin as well.

Houston Episcopal 65 New Iberia (LA) 35
The folks in Louisiana probably have never heard of Episcopal High School before this weekend. Now that they have, it will not be pretty. For the second day in a row they gave a Lone Star whuppin' to their neighbors from "The Boot". Once again, Ken Williams showed why he's one of H-Town's premiere scorers as he torched New Iberia for 27. 2013 G Jamal Williams added 12 for Epicopal. 2012 P 6'4" Mark Gary led New Iberia with 20 points as he battled hard all night long on the boards.
2013 Mark Gary of New Iberia (LA)

Fort Bend Elkins 69 Bryan 60
With Bryan's roster depleted of a couple of key players (2012 G J. Mychal Reese-Texas A&M, and 2013 F Chris Johnson deciding that football is his future) their trademark full court pressure was limited. When you toss in the fact that Elkins is very talented and physical, it wasn't that big a shock to see the Knights pounce on the Vikings and hold a 20 point plus lead. The Vikings did show pride under first year Head Coach Chris Jones though and pushed hard towards the end of the game. They closed the gap but ran out of time. The Knights were simply more talented and bigger in their backcourt. They were led by under rated G Branford Jones who scored 20 and physical WG Chance Allen. Jones is signed to play at Long Beach State while Allen mulls countless football and basketball offers.
2012 G Branford Jones brings his winning game to Long Beach State

Houston Westside 56 Baton Rouge Madison Prep (LA) 46
Madison jumped out to a 29-21 halftime lead but the Westside Wolves came roaring back early in the 2nd half to take a 31-29 lead. The rest of the game was spirited with baskets being traded until Westside's late surge propelled them to the win. Westside's 2013 PG Robert Hatter led with 16 points in the win. 2013 F Jarell Martin turned in another solid performance with 20 for Madison Prep.

Houston St. Thomas 60 Houston Bellaire 53
This was the game of the night. The energy level was high and you could see that the teams had a healthy dislike for each other. The officials let them play, and play they did. No shot went unchallenged and no rebound was snagged without bodies banging. The Reckling Rowdies, (St. Thomas' version of Duke's "Cameron Crazies") razzed the Bellaire players at every opportunity. It was nip and tuck the whole way but once again St. Thomas' backcourt was the difference.

It was a healthy dose of Christian Sanders early, followed by Chase Brogna scoring key baskets in the 3rd quarter. With the game on the line, Christian Sanders showed why schools like Texas and Colorado offered him and why Stanford will be lucky to have signed him. Brogna had 18 clutch points and Sanders was dominant with 32 as he hit big free throws, broke pressure and scored after he got in the lane.
2013 Myles Elgin of Houston Bellaire

Saturday, November 26, 2011

D1 Nation Alumni NCAA Thanksgiving Updates

it may be Thanksgiving, but these D1 Ambassadors alumni are no turkeys. We had some notable performances last night.

Deon Mitchell Freshman G 6'0" Pflugerville (TX) Northern Iowa
Mitchell had the first of what will be many HUGE performances as the true freshman led his "other" Panthers over Rice at the South Padre Invitational.
When Deon Mitchell signed with UNI, they knew they'd gotten a high major steal and a four year starter

John Henson Junior 6'10" Round Rock (TX)/Tampa Sickles (FL) North Carolina
Henson had 18 points and 8 rebounds in a win over South Carolina.

Paul Garnica Sophomore G 6'0" San Antonio Lee (TX) Northern Colorado
Garnica had 9 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in their win over Western Carolina.
J.J. Avila Sophomore F 6'7" McAllen (TX) Navy
Avila had 12 points and 9 rebounds

Cameron Moore Junior F 6'10" San Antonio Roosevelt (TX) Alabama-Birmingham
Moore is putting up big numbers on a nightly basis. He had 18 points and 9 rebounds.

Cody Doolin Sophomore G 6'2" Austin Westlake (TX) San Francisco
Doolin's 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists were not enough as Murray State nipped the Dons.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

D1 Nation Houston Thanksgiving Jamboree Preview

Thank you to www.fivestarbasketball.com for providing event coverage. You can click on the big link below for their story on ther D1 Nation Thanksgiving Jamboree.


Enjoy your Thanksgiving Hoops fans. When you get your fill of football today, head to Houston St, Thomas High School tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday for the inaugural D1 Nation Thanksgiving Jamboree. Over 20 D1 prospects will be on display in the 7 games on tap. Come see a future pro when Madison Prep's (Baton Rouge, LA) 2013 W 6'9" Jarell Matin takes to the floors twice against a loaded young Houston Episcopal squad Friday at 6PM and then Saturday at 6PM vs Houston Westside.

Two D1 Gunslingers Out New Mexico Way

How many backcourts on the summer circuit will rival Danny Granger's D1 Ambassadors based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico next spring? Two interchangeable, and also complimentary players in 2013 G 6'3" Bryce Alford of Albuquerque La Cueva and 2013 G 6'4" Cullen Neal of Albuquerque Eldorado are a couple of 2013's top prospects.
Cullen Neal with Coach Max Ivany on his unofficial visit to Arizona State last week.
Opening night of the New Mexico High School Season, Neal drops 40 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in a win as his talented Eldorado squad. Meanwhile, Alford will be called upon to carry La Cueva this year and it looks like he's up to the challenge as he lit it up for 44 in an overtime win over Cibola, 78-74.
2013 G Bryce Alford of Albuquerque LaCueva dropped 44 (Photo Compliments of Rivals New Mexico)
It doesn't seem to bother or pressure these two hoopers that they have famous basketball fathers: Coach Steve Alford (New Mexico Head Coach and Indiana Hoosiers legend) and Craig "Noodles" Neal (New Mexico Associate Head Coach and Georgia Tech star/Toronto Raptors Assistant).

It's going to be a great year for both young men during the high school season and then it's going to be a blast watching them do their thing on the circuit with Danny Granger's D1 Ambassadors. We will be looking at making three impact out of state additions to this New Mexico based team. If you are interested you must fit the criteria. 6'6" or bigger wing/forward position or 6'8" or better true post man. You can reside in the neighboring States of Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma or Arizona.- Contact Coach Max Ivany. 512-791-5455

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

D1 Nation: 1000 Stories

Today is a special day for me. Almost 3 years ago I threw my hands up in the air with disgust at the negative things being written about kids on another basketball site. Rather than complain, I began writing on www.d1nation.com We've now added reports covering Houston, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon and New Mexico. However, the roots were right here in Austin/San Antonio , Texas which is home to me. I didn't know if anyone would bother reading what I had to say but this past month we had almost 50,000 hits on our site in October alone. This is my 1000th story, along with several hundred more while covering the other geographic areas. THIS IS A FREE SITE. THERE IS NO SO CALLED "PREMIUM" SECTION YOU HAVE TO SUBSCRIBE TO.
The years of hard work have allowed me to have a lot of influence at the college level. My opinion as to what level a player is capable of performing at is valued nationally. I take my responsibility to be able to provide opportunity to deserving players very seriously and pledge to keep working hard for the quality player who is also a quality student and good person. -Coach Max Ivany
I spend approximately 2 hours daily actually compiling, researching and writing (I'm no writer). As far as in the gym goes, the hours are countless. Counting tournament games and summer basketball I would think I easily see 350-400 games annually. It's become a big part of my life that makes me feel I am doing something positive and productive in the community. I have no plans of slowing down anytime soon. In fact, we have some great expansion plans on the table. I hope you enjoy reading these reports as much as I do in providing them.
Max Ivany

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

D1 Nation Real Talk: 2012 W Trey Guidry

2012 Trey Guidry of Houston St. Pius readies for a great senior year and then it's on to the West Coast Conference to play for the University of San Diego.  He can play the 2, 3 and 4 positions and is pushing hard for even more respect in talent rich Texas. He is a strong slasher and rebounder, always playing above the rim. D1 Nation's A.W. "Gym Range" Robinson caught up with Guidry to rap in today's edition of Real Talk.
Q. When did you first start playing basketball?
A. 5

Q. What is your favorite class in school?
A. Goverment

Q. What music are you listening to before a game?
A. Hanging out with my friends

Q. What is your favorite food?
A. Gumbo

Q. What college or NBA player do you model your game after?
A. Rudy Gay

Q. List some goals you’ve set for this year?
A. Win State

Q. Who is the best player you played against all spring or summer?
A. Marcus Smart

Q. List the Top 6 players in Houston right now?
A. Me, LJ ,Sheed, Delvin, Christian and D House

Q. What part of your game needs improvement the most?
A. , Getting more confident with my left hand.

Q. Who is your favorite NBA player from Houston?
A. Deandre Jordan

Q. Who are the Top 5 teams in 5A or 4A this year?
A. Fort Bend Travis ,Houston Yates, Fort Bend Bush, Lamar Consolidated and Flower Mound Marcus.

Q. Where do you see yourself being 5 years from now?
A. Doing something I love and making people happy when I do it


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Coach Max Ivany of D1 Nation on www.AzGamecast.com

The high school seaosn is well under way in Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana. Meanwhile the players in Oregon, New Mexico and Arizona are preparing for the opening of their seasons shortly. I'm almost finished my early college fall tour of campuses and teams in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico and will be back in San Antonio on Monday for Thanksgiving.

In the meantime, I was contacted by Keith Perrin of www.azgamecast.com to come into their studios to talk about club basketball and the D1 Nation. Below is a link to the interview which lasts about 20 minutes. (Yes, I know that's a long time to hear me drone on..lol). He does ask some very pertinent questions though about the club scene, what you should look for in an organization etc and did allow me a couple of minutes to brag on the players who are part of the D1 Nation and in particular shouted out to the talent in Texas. (I forget who said it, but I believe the quote is "you ain't braggin' if you can back it up").

I was very impressed with www.azgamecast.com and their professional studio. Great people, who love youth athletics! I want to thank them for the opportunity to be part of their broadcast. You can click on the link below. When Mr. Perrin finishes interviewing me he then speaks with Chad Groth of www.areacodesbasketball.com who spent many years as VP of Player Personnel with the Harlem Globetrotters. Great interview!

2013 G Cullen Neal Visits Arizona State

2013 combo guard 6'4" Cullen Neal of Albuquerque Eldorado (NM) spent the day in Phoenix/Temp, Arizona today on an unofficial visit on the Sun Devils campus. In an interesting juxtaposition, Neal wore a burnt orange Eldorado shirt to the game, not Arizona State maroon, nor the silver and red of New Mexico Lobos where his dad, Craig is Associate Head Coach.

Arizona State Head Coach Herb Sendek offered Cullen today. This is his 4th unoffcial visit thus far. He's been to St. Mary's, Stanford and Gonzaga and to this point says he has no clear favorite. There will be plenty of offers coming along for the talented guard who can score, create and just flat understands how to compete and run a team. He'll be paired with UNM Head Coach Steve Alford's son, 2013 combo guard 6'3" Bryce Alford of Albuquerque La Cueva (NM) this spring to form one of the Nation's most effective backcourts when they lace them up for Danny Granger's D1 Ambassadors on the circuit.
2013 G Cullen Neal at Arizona State with Coach Max Ivany of the D1 Nation

New Mexico won in a squeaker as Texas D1 Ambassadors alum, Senior post A.J. Hardeman had a huge bucket in the last minute to seal the win on the road for the Lobos. After the game, young Neal made his way to the Arizona State dressing room to thank Coach Sendek for his visit and offer. Already recognized as a Top 100 player in the country Neal attended the Nike Jamboree in St, Louis, MO with many of the country's top sophomore players.
Del Valle (TX) A.J. Hardeman came to battle ASU's two 7 footers tonight.

Friday, November 18, 2011

D1 Nation Real Talk: 2012 Alex Caruso

2012 G Alex Caruso of A&M Consolidated: Signed with Texas A&M.
Shown below at Dave Telep's NBA Pro Player's Camp

Q. How old were you when you started playing basketball?
A. First grade

Q. What are some of your hobbies outside of basketball?
A. All sports, hangin' with my friends

Q. What is your favorite class in school?
A. AP Statistics

Q. What music are you listening to before a game?
A. Anything that's gonna get me hyped

Q. What is your favorite food?
A. steak!

Q. What college or NBA player do you model your game after?
A. Kevin Garnett,I love watching KG compete.

Q. List some goals you’ve set for this year?
A. Get stronger, win district, win state

Q. Who is the best player you played against all spring or summer?
A. Shabazz Mohammed. That guy is a level above everybody else..in every aspect of play

Q. What is the best conference in college basketball?
A. It's about to be the sec/acc

Q. List the Top 6 players in Houston right now?
A. Rasheed Sulaimon, Cameron Ridley, Danuel House, The Harrison Twins

Q. What part of your game needs improvement the most?
A. strength, that's the only thing holding me back

Q. Who is your favorite NBA player from Houston?
A. Old school: Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwan

Q. Who are the Top 5 teams in 5A or 4A this year?
A. Fort Bend Travis, North Crowley, Flour Mound Marcus, Desoto, Houston Yates

Q. Where do you see yourself being 5 years from now?
A. -I hope to be graduated from Texas A&M and be playing pro ball somewhere

 Alex Caruso is the real deal. He's a  player who came out of nowhere to impress a lot of so called basketball people nationwide. That fact that this guy wasn’t on the national radar this time last year is a prime example of hard work and believing in yourself now paying off.  He burst on the scene with Max Ivany's Texas D1 Ambassadors A throw back player that plays very hard on defense. In addition to scoring he'll give you steals,blocks and rebounds. On offense he is a beast attacking the rim and watch out on the fastbreak in transition.  He's WAY above the rim! Who said White Men Can’t Jump. You haven’t seen Caruso then.-A.W. Robinson

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Baton Rouge Madison Prep (LA) Heads To Houston For Thanksgiving

Basketball fans. Where will you be on Friday night @ 6pm November 25th? What about on Saturday night, November 26th at 6pm? The inaugural D1 Nation Thanksgiving Jamboree will be under way and it's at those times you can catch Baton Rouge Madison Prep in action. They will take on Houston Episcopal on Friday and then Houston Westside on Saturday.
Veteran Coach Jeff Jones a long time Assistant at Baton Rouge Glen Oaks under the legendary Harvey Adger is no stranger to winning as Glen Oaks has multiple state titles in Louisiana. In his first year as head coach you can expect his team will play tough defense and uptempo. Although still a young group, they'll be led by 2012 G 6'1" Ralston Morris who leads the team in scoring and dunks. Off to a 6-1 start Madison prep has an early signature win over Family Christian Academy, last year's State Semi Finalist.
2013 F 6'9" Jarell Martin
Make no mistake about it though that the basketball junkies will be out in full force to see Louisiana and the South's latest basketball prodigy and big time prospect, 2013 F 6'9" Jarell Martin. Snakes, alligators, great Cajun cooking and big time hoopers come out of The Bayou! He's ultra long and fluid, with many favorable early comparisons to Kevin Durant. Wow! Check the video below, compliments of Yay Areas Finest as Martin goes between the legs and windmills in this past summer's Las Vegas Fab 48 event playing for the Louisiana Elite. With about 200 college coaches in the house and Coach Max Ivany sitting on the endline in the bleachers Martin exploded on the You Tube map.
See you at Houston St. Thomas High School after you digest your turkey for the D1 Nation Thanksgiving Jamboree!

Coach Max Ivany In Arizona Promoting The D1 Nation

It's no secret I love Arizona and it doesn't take a whole lot of an excuse to visit and get a little golf in or in the summer time, sunning by the pool. The last 10 days though have been strictly business as I continue to cultivate relationships that can help players in the states I serve; Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Oregon and Arizona. It's been a whirlwind tour of the Grand Canyon State.

Stop 1. Grand Canyon University. Phoenix, AZ. Currently a D2 program, but with old friend and former Arizona Wildcats Head Coach Russ Pennell at the helm and the recent grand opening of a beautiful new arena it's only a short while before GCU is D1. Their facilities and organizational structure are already superior to half the Southland Conference. I was on hand pregame to well wish and shake hands with Coach Pennell and Arizona State Head Coach Herb Sendek. I can't tell you how much pride I have in the players who have represented the D1 Ambassadors over the years as both coaches were gracious and professed that they "love recruiting the D1 Nation both because of the quality of the players but their character as well."
Stop 2. University of Arizona. Tucson, AZ. Chilled for a couple of hours with the U of A coaches prior to the game that evening discussing prospects in general and Assistant Coach Emmanuel Booker in particular vow that he has to recruit talent rich Texas harder. I am his eyes and ears in the Lone Star State. As an added bonus, I met the coaches from that night's opponent, Duquesne University who upon hearing I was the Founder of the D1 Ambassadors asked me for their help with a late signee in April.
Stop 3 Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ. Arizona State seems to be hurting for a Pac-12 team. It may be a long year as they barely handled Montana State and zoned them. I touched base with Montana State as well who had a couple of Texas kids on their roster.
Stop 4. Keith Perrin of www.azgamecast.com got wind that I was in town and contacted me to be on his webcast. AzGamecast does a great job of hyping high school sports and providing streaming video og games in Arizona. They are evaluating as to whether they take it nation wide. Based on their studio and technical expertise coupled with love of high school sports it looks like a no brainer to me. I will provide a link to the interview in the next day or so. I'm still nervous in front of the camera despite having done national tv interviews with ESPN's Outside The Lines, among other programs but anytime I can talk basketball prospects and share recruiting knowledge I am down with it!
Keith Perrin of www.AzGamecast.com and Coach Ivany in the green room for a sound check.
Stop 5. At Arizona State University again to see my guys from Pepperdine; Head Coach Marty Wilson and Assistants Damon Lopez and Mark Ameril. We spent half the day at Pepperdine's campus back in early June of this past summer on an unofficial visit with Alex Caruso and 2012 G Chase Brogna (Houston St. Thomas). They Wave loves the D1 Nation, having offered Texas D1 Ambassador Alex Caruso last summer. He decided on Texas A&M. Now for any of you folks who have not been on Pepperdine's campus...just close your eyes and think about what heaven might look like. It has to be comparable, as it's perched high on the cliffs of Malibu overloooking the beautiful California beaches. They already have a verbal commitment from Houston player Dylan Jones, son of former Houston football player Sean Jones.

Tomorrow evening I meet with New Mexico Head Coach Steve Alford and Assistant Craig Neal. I'll be sure to catch up with Del Valle(TX) and Texas D1 Ambassadors alumni Senior 6'8" Post A.J. Hardeman who stars for the Lobos. Both Coach Alford and Coach Sendek will be grumpy as they are both coming off losses. Then on Monday I'll be back home in Texas to enjoy some San Antonio high school hoops/Thanksgiving Day and on to Houston to run my D1 Nation Thanksgiving Jamboree which has a great line up of high school teams from Houston and Louisiana. I hope to see you there!-Coach Max Ivany

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Texas Public School Season Openers

Fort Beend Travis 77 Houston Yates 69
In one of the country's most anticipated public school matchups the Harrison Twins led Fort Bend Travis over Yates in a game decided by free throws in the last minute.

"In the grand scheme of things it really doesn't mean much," Andrew Harrison said. "This is a great confidence builder. Yates is one of the best teams in the country."

Read more: http://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/216569/Harrison_Brothers_Lead_Travis_To_Upset_Of_Houston_Yates#ixzz1doEY6Tek

San Antonio Churchill 98 San Antonio East Central 75
The Chargers came out of the gate at a gallop and gored the Hornets. They had balanced scoring including 20 by 2012 G Scott Mammel and 16 points, 5 dunks and 5 blocks by Texas signee Connor Lammert
Lammert is intent on leading the Chargers to Austin next March
Converse Judson 60 San Antonio Stevens 58
Judosn eked out the win in the 4th quarter despite good performances from Stevens Senior duo of Uche Ofoegbu-19 (Southern Methodist signee) and Marcus Roper-13. Senior E.J. Hubbard had 17 and 2014 P David Wacker added 15 for the Rockets in the win.

Austin Bowie 50 San Antonio O'Connor 37
Senior Guard Paul Baxter controlled the game and scored 20 points. Verbally committed to Sam Houston State, Baxter made a decision not to sign early and to play out his senior year instead. He will be a great get for some college program as his athleticism is top shelf.
2012 Paul Baxter is one of the State's top available unsigned seniors.
Austin Akins 65 Copperas Cove 62
Cove let the game slip away in the 4th quarter but 2015 W 6'3" Rashard Odomes had 12 points in the loss and shows a huge upside for the Bulldogs.

San Antonio Clark 66 San Antonio Roosevelt 52
Clark coasted to the win behind balanced scoring from newcomer 2013 G Justin Brickman and 2012 G Niko Maxwell as they emptied their bench. Best wishes go out to Clark Coach Steve Sylestine who is addressing health issues. Get well soon coach!
Brickman adds depth to an already potent Clark backcourt.

Freshman Rashard Odomes of Copperas Cove is one to watch

Saturday, November 12, 2011

D1 Nation Makes Noise On NCAA Opening Night

The 2011-2012 NCAA College Basketball season is underway. Best of luck to all competitors, especially those who have worn the uniforms of the D1 Ambassadors and have the D1 Nation bloodlines flowing through their veins. The D1 Ambassadors, a National club team with a legacy like no other!

Look no further than the Carrier Classic as Round Rock (TX) 6'10" Junior, John Henson of North Carolina led the Tar Heels to an opening win with a dominant 12 point, 7 rebounds and 9 blocked shot performance. It's this kind of defensive presence that will have Henson go in the 1st round of the NBA Draft next June.
Henson, circa May 2007 as Texas D1 rocked the throwback UTEP jerseys
Henson's summer team mate with the Texas D1 Ambassadors in 2007 was 6'10" Cory Jefferson of Killeen (TX). The twin towers burst on the scene solidifying their national reputation at the now defunct Arizona Cactus Classic on the campus of the University of Arizona. It was there that they both earned their invite to both the Nike and Reebok camps. Since that time Jefferson RS-Soph has been patiently biding his time working on both his skills and body. He is now ripped and considerably more skilled. Last night in 19 minutes Jefferson registered the first of what should be many double doubles. He had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.
Jefferson's turn is coming with the Baylor Bears. He's a defensive difference maker.
Daniel Alexander RS-Freshman F 6'9" Dripping Springs (TX) Texas A&M
Alexander scored his first bucket of his college career for the Aggies in 6 minutes.

Mark Nwakamma Freshman F 6'6" Leander (TX) Hartford
Nwakamma got his feet wet with 9 minutes, 4 rebounds in his college debut.

Joel Smith Junior G 6'4" Leander (TX) Northeastern
Smith who is expected to earn all league honors this year led Northeastern to an OT victory with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists.

Justin Brickman Sophomore G 5'11" San Antonio Clark (TX) Long Island
Now the starter at PG for the Blackbirds, Brickman had 11 points, 5 assists and 3 steals

Brandon Thompson Junior G 6'1" San Antonio Stevens (TX) Long Island
Welcome Brandon back to the D1 ranks. After transferring from Arizona State and spending a year at South Plains JC he should make the Blackbirds a better club.

Jordan Brickman Junior G 5'10" San Antonio Clark (TX) Navy
Welcome Jordan back to basketball. After signing with the Naval Academy he made a decision to stop playing basketball the past two seasons. Once the new staff was hired Mrs. Brickman asked if I could put a word in for Jordan to resume his career. He's obviously taking care of business and after his two year hiatus he played 9 minutes last night scoring 2 points, 2 assists and 2 rebounds.

J.J. Avila Sophomore F 6'7" McAllen (TX) Navy
Last year Freshman Avila was the Newcomer of the Year in the Patriot League. He started his soph campaign where he left off by scoring 11 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in the opener.

Jake Kocher Freshman G 6'2" Austin St. Michael's (TX) Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Kocher logged 21 minutes scoring 4 points and getting 4 rebounds. He and summer team mate Brian Williams of Oklahoma State briefly guarded each other until Williams encountered early foul trouble.

How about that Austin/San Antonio backcourt Converse Judson's Soph G 6'5" Jordan Clarkson and Freshman G 6'4" Eric McClellan of Austin Stephen F Austin (TX)? Tulsa Head Coach Doug Wojcik knows tha the area has excellent talent supported by a good public school system in the communities and makes Austin/San Antonio a staple of his recruiting strategy.

Jordan Clarkson Sophomore G 6'5" Converse Judson (TX) Tulsa
Clarkson had 15 points and 4 rebounds in the opening win.

Eric McClellan Freshman G 6'4" Austin (TX) Tulsa
True freshman McClellan had 5 points and 2 assists in his first college game.

Osas Ebomwonyi Sophomore P 6'9" Pflugerville (TX) Lamar
In only 7 minutes, Ebomwonti had 4 rebounds. Hopefully this will provide a springboard for new Coach Pat Knight to recognize the impact he can have on a game defensively.

Travis Jones Senior G 6'6" Georgetown (TX) Texas State
Sharpshooting Jones had 13 points to begin his senior year in San Marcos.

A.J. Hardeman Senior F 6'8" Del Valle (TX) New Mexico
Hardeman begins his senior year with a nice effort, with 13 points and 7 rebounds in only 18 minutes of their blowout win. I'll look forward to seeing him when I attend the New Mexico-Arizona State gaem in Tempe. AZ next Friday.

Trevante Drye Freshman F 6'7" Baton Rouge Glen Oaks (LA) Tulane
Drye made a cameo appearance and notched his first college bucket for the Green Wave.

Cody Doolin Sophomore G 6'2" Austin Westlake (TX) San Francisco
Doolin had 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in the opener a shocking home upset for his Dons dampers the stat line but Doolin who averaged over 30 mpg as a freshman played 34 minutes.

Jalen Harris Freshman G 5'10" Pflugerville Hendrickson (TX) Army
Harris scored a bucket and logged 19 minutes in his college debut.

Royce O'Neale Freshman G 6'3" Harker Heights (TX) Denver
O'Neale came out of the gate with 6 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. He'll have a great career in the Mile High City.

Andre Roberson Sophomore F 6'7" Converse Judson (TX) Colorado
Roberson came out with guns blazing dropping 13 points and adding 15 rebounds for the Buffs. He is anticipated to be the #5 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Mock Draft.
Big Props also go out to former Cen Tex stars Freshman G Marshall Harris of San Antonio Taft who had 11 points and 9 assists for the Citadel and Freshman G Yolonzo Moore of Hartford who had 12 points in his opener.