Monday, May 31, 2010
D-1 Ambassadors Team 2014 competed in the Memorial Day Classic over the weekend. The young group of 7th/8th graders did an excellent job playing against girls in the 10th/11th grade. we invited two of our players from the flagship team to join us this weekend and it proved to be a good experience for the young group. 2011 W 5'11 Kathyrn Tolbert has excellent range on her shot with the ability to get to the basket. Kathryn has a number of D-1 schools really interested in her coming to play. 2011 G 5'8 Rebeekah Knudson gets the hustle award. Rebeekah has great skills boasts loads of athleticism. The D-1 Ambassador will take her official visit to UTSA next week.
Team 2014 is one of the most talented groups in Texas. With great guard play and the ability to open the floor team 2014 should do great things the rest of this summer season.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
The Hill Country Classic will take place on June 11th-13th 2010 in the beautiful city of Marble Falls.
Age divisions: 12u - 18u Boys & Girls
Competitive brackets for elite teams
Four game guarantee
Fourteen minute half’s stop clock
$250 per team
Marble Falls High School & Marble Falls Middle School
Please register at www.texasbasketballinc.com
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
The D-1 Ambassadors had an excellent weekend making a strong run through pool and bracket play by making it to the quarter finals before losing to host Spiece Mokan in a hard fought game by six points, 59 – 53. Spiece Mokan went on to win the tournament championship in a twenty point win over the Galveston Hornets out of the Houston area. Mokan went through the tournament undefeated with the D1 Ambassadors providing them their closest game of the tournament. In what was considered the upset of the tournament, the D1 Ambassadors knocked off Nike sponsored Team Texas Elite in the round of sixteen. Team Texas was lead by 2011 pg Jamal Branch (A&M commit) and 2012 6’9 F Zach Peters (recent Kansas commit). The Ambassadors played outstanding defense in the victory and were able to contain Team Texas’ outstanding guard play and control the boards throughout the game.
D1 Ambassadors - San Antonio Roster
2011 G Sean Bambace (Antonian Prep)
2012 G Carter Josephs (SA Clark)
2012 G Michael Douglass (SA Churchill)
2012 G Adam Perez (SA Clark)
2012 F Connor Lammert (SA Churchill)
2011 G Alec Senioris (SA Central Catholic)
2011 F Kyle Rutledge (SA Clark)
2011 F Ansley Benjamin (SA Clark)
2011 G Tommy Berry (SA Central Catholic - Did not make the trip)
2011 F Clark Lammert (SA Churchill)
2011 G/F Jacob Palacios (SA Clark)
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Team Bostic traveled to San Antonio this weekend and brought the first place trophy back home to Austin!
Over the two days, Team Bostic was dominant as a team and there were some outstanding individual performances.
Team Bostic won the first game against the Texas Tigers 47-41. Team Bostic started slow, but picked up the speed in the second half. Leading the charge was 5'10 (SG) Napoleon Onyeje out of Pflugerville High with 12 points, 2 assists and 2 steals (pictured below).
Napoleon's energy was contagious as 6'0 (F) Justin Moss out of Pflugerville High caught on and dropped 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, followed by 5'9 (PG) Darian Bostic out of Pflugerville High with 9 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.
6'6 (P) Wesley Brown out of Pflugerville Hendrickson High owned the boards with 8 rebounds while chipping in 2 points.
The second game had Team Bostic beating the S.A Hustlers 54-46. Both 5'9 (PG) Darian Bostic out of Pflugerville High with 18 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds and 6'6 (P) Wesley Brown out of Pflugerville Hendrickson High with 7 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocked shots had dominating performances (both Darian and Wesley are pictured below).
Team Bostic continued their dominance in the third game beating the S.A Falcons 41-32. 6'0 (F) Justin Moss out of Pflugerville High was awesome with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 steals (Justin is pictured below). 5'9 (SG) Will Coleman out of Pflugerville Hendrickson High had a coming out party also with 8 points, 2 rebounds and 2 steals.
The Championship game was more of the same as Team Bostic met up with the Texas Tigers again and the result was no different from the first time. Team Bostic won 40-33 in another great performance.
5'10 Napoleon Onyeje out of Pflugerville High had the most efficient game with 12 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. 6'0 Justin Moss out of Pflugerville High continued to light it up with 15 points and adding 7 rebounds. 5'9 (SG) Darian Bostic out of Pflugerville High was a great floor general contributing 6 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals.
6'6 Wesley Brown out of Pflugerville Hendrickson High was again the most dominant big man on the floor with 10 rebounds and 2 blocks, while chipping in 4 points.
Congratulations to Team Bostic!
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
TX Ambassadors D-1 Austin Elite 15U team has tasted victory again. In the Georgetown Fury Invitational at SWU this past weekend, they competed against 15 other teams in their division and went 5-0 to take first. Having one player, sophomore Sabrina Berry already on the ESPNU 100 watched players list, you can bet there will be more of her team mates to follow. The team will be traveling to San Antonio to compete in the Team Xpress River City Spotlight tournament. Make no mistake these girls are in it to win it!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
“Man you guys are really big”, was one of the comments that greeted the Ambassadors when the children came to the playroom to meet them. After a few minutes to break the ice, game on! The children picked the games they wanted to play and proceeded to trounce the Ambassadors time and time again!
“These children go through so much” said one hospital staff member. “But look at them. They’re playing; having fun; laughing and are just having a good time.”
Before too long, you couldn’t tell who was having the most fun, the Ambassadors, or the children. The children’s infectious smiles and zest for life really put the Ambassadors at ease. In a short amount of time, the room was simply filled with kids just having fun!
“So which college do you all attend”, was another comment received from one of the parents. I guess when you are around children all day, to see some rather tall players (compared to 5-12 year olds), the Ambassadors may look like college players. The Ambassadors were all smiles after hearing that, but were quickly brought back down to earth by Coach Mike Hargis when he said, “No, these are not college kids, but one of our goals as Texas Ambassadors is to help get these kids to college.”
Not only did the Ambassadors come away with a feeling of good-will during this visit, the Ambassadors also were able to successfully recruit a future 2017 Ambassador! (See picture above).
Filling up the car to drive to San Antonio from Austin, $65.00;
Paying to park in the hospital parking lot, $7.00;
Seeing the joy on not only the children’s faces, but the Ambassadors faces as well, PRICELESS!!!
Pictured team members include Sean Voss; Michael Hargis; Alex Caruso; Blair Williams; Zak Chambers; Dylan Elias; David Weathers; Cole Martinez; Coach Mike Hargis. Not pictured; Ja’Ron Macarthur.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
This weekend was the annual Fury Invitational held in Georgetown, Texas. This event is put on every year by the Georgetown Fury Basketball Club, with over 90 teams competing each year. With seven teams playing in this event, the Ambassadors seem to stand out in the tournament. Overall this weekend we went 25-5, coming up with three championships, one second place,one third place, and two consolations. The girls program has really blossomed this year with the addition of Coach Billy James & the Flagship Team, along with Coach Fonzell Martin, and Coach Speedy Gregg with their Austin Elite groups, and Coach Brenton Christian 6th Grade group. With this line up the girls program proves to be very strong and growing rapidly.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
For immediate release – May 13, 2010
Chad Groth, Director
Areacodesbasketball.com presents ELITE 8 In the Desert
ELITE 8 brings in the Nations top High School basketball players; Including the #1 ranked team in the country Compton Magic
The ELITE 8 Basketball Tournament Committee is very pleased to announce the lineup of teams playing in this year’s event held on May 15-16 at Camelback High School Gym (4612 North 28th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85016.
Area Codes Basketball has solidified itself as one of the ELITE middle school and high school basketball tournaments in Arizona.
Tournament director Chad Groth, announces this tournament to be every sports writer and scouting services stop, as they can evaluate some of the top players in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada and Texas as they scout this spring basketball tournament. “This tournament is about getting Arizona players EXPOSURE against the top prep basketball players in the country.” said Groth. Some of the Nations Top 16 ELITE basketball club programs will be competing for this championship will include 6 in-state and 10 out-of-state teams over the course of 32 games.
Some of the high level and nationally ranked players, includes players to watch: Jahii Carson (Mesa HS, AZ) playing with the Compton Magic. Several services believe the Compton Magic has the best team in the nation. Carson a Top 100 player in the nation the past year’s is being recruited by Arizona, Oregon State, Butler, Arizona State and UCONN. Other players to watch on the Compton Magic include Gabe York (California’s top player in 2012 at Orange Lutheran HS), and Damiene Cain from Harvard Westlake, he was the California D3 player of the year and is ranked in the Top 40 in the nation in his class of 2011. Norvelle Pelle a 7 feet tall and a player who compares to a Lamar Odom type player from Price HS 2011), he is being heavily recruited by Arizona, Oregon State and Washington. Isaiah Austin (Grace Prep, TX) son of Alex Austin who is 7 feet 1 and is a Top 5 player in the class of 2012.
Danny Granger Hurricanes are led by Kory Alford (La Cueva HS Albuquerque, NM) Alford, son of UNM coach Steve Alford, also is a top ranked prospect for the class of 2011.
Others to mention will be Arizona Pump n Run’s 2011 class players Colin Woods from Horizon HS and Cameron Forte, McClintock HS. Texas D1 Ambassadors Deon Mitchell Pflugerville, TX and 7 foot 1 center David Hahn who last weekend took an official visit to Marquette and is a unsigned senior. Inland I team is led by Mervin Lindsay (Canyon Springs high Moreno Valley, CA). Tucson Pump n Runs top player will be Matt Korcheck who got his release from UTEP and has been targeted by Oklahoma and Oregon State as of recent.
Joe Ward All Stars are led by Jordan McDougald (Red Mountain, Mesa, AZ) who is one of the top unsigned guards in the state. NBA player Trevor Ariza’s team ARIZA has a top player to watch in 6 foot 9 sophomore Daveon Thomas from Compton High School. Arizona Dream Team has Chinle High’s player of the year in 3A Koyai Clauschee and Enoch Rhemadji from St Mary’s HS Phoenix, AZ.
The Las Vegas Dogcatchers include Davion Pearson of Palo Verde in Las Vegas, NV. James Ford’s AZ Magic Seniors have top rated seniors in Arizona which include Lorenzo Ford (Desert Vista HS), Jarrett Green (Dobson) and Bryce Cotton (Palo Verde) in Tucson.
“With this years talent I am confident basketball fans across the valley will enjoy this tournament as 16 teams play for the Elite 8, Arizona basketball is on the rise and for the Elite out of state teams to travel to Arizona means something. Several scouting and media services will be in attendance include Josh Gershon (goazcats.com), Chris Karpman (ASUdevils.com), Jon Perryman (ArizonaVarsity.com), Richard Obert (Arizona Republic), Anthony Ray (Arizonapreps.com), Gerry Freitas (Hoop Review), Max Ivany (Texas Prep Report), Hoop Masters, Rivals and Full Court Press affiliates will also be present.”
The Texas D-1 Ambassadors will be led by (below from top to bottom):