It's been a great spring in the D1 Nation. We've had a dozen spring signings and several of our teams have captured titles in the all important live period held April 24-26th at various sites across the country.
The three titles were won by the Texas D1 Ambassadors Unsigned team in the NBA Division of the Great American Shootout (Dallas, TX), the Arizona D1 Ambassadors 16U in the Double Pump Spring Classic (Las Vegas, NV) and the Colorado Chaos D1 Ambassadors 16U in the Mile High Classic (Denver, CO).
The Texas D1 Ambassadors Unsigned Orange squad captured the NBA Black Championship at the Great American Shootout by running the table. After winning their two pool games (including an 82-58 win over Texas Rise), Texas D1 reeled off three straight bracket wins to claim the title.
The wins in succession were 93-69 over Dallas Showtyme Gold, 79-73 over sister team Texas D1 Unsigned Black and then 68-60 over Franchize Texas Basketball Club in the championship.
Even more impressive was the fact that Texas D1 did this with a roster of only players down the stretch. 2015 G Jesse Johns (Lubbock, TX/Estacado) suffered a severely bruised tibia and was done for the remainder of the event.
Texas D1 got great leadership from 2015 G Chase Carlton (Delray Beach, FL/Elev8 Academy) who has now committed to play for Ranger JC and Coach Billy Gillispie, ex of Kentucky & Texas A&M. Carlton's improved his body; resulting in much improved defensive quickness, ability to take his defender off the bounce and has also improved his release on his already potent three point game.
2015 G Gary Ringo (Midland, TX) has really had a great spring. Ringo, still 17 is bouncy, explosive and can really shoot it. 2015 6'4" Christian Seidl has been a model of consistency. He's tough on the boards, playing bigger than his 6'4", is an excellent student and just knows how to do the little things to win games. 2015 G Anderson Bazile (San Antonio, TX/Reagan) also had an excellent weekend. He's an able ball handler, an excellent shooter and has surprising bounce. Congrats to all members of the team.
The Arizona D1 Ambassadors 16U squad is on a roll. They've won three straight out of state tournaments, including both in the NCAA live viewing period. Their latest championship came in the Double Pump Spring Classic held in Las Vegas, NV. After winning their two pool games the Arizona squad they went through 5 additional bracket games undefeated going 7-0 overall.
In bracket play they beat Inland Empire Basketball Program's Silver (CA) , Idaho Select Blue (ID), Arizona Power Black (AZ), Arizona Power North (AZ) and then delivered a knockout blow to Arizona Power Red (AZ) in the championship game by 47 points.
Arizona D1 now heads to Atlanta, GA where they open play tonight in the prestigious Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. Could it be a four peat?
The Colorado Chaos D1 Ambassadors 16U squad took on all comers in their home state, capturing the Mile High Classic in convincing style. After winning their two pool games, Colorado D1 dispatched the Colorado Fire (CO), New Mexico D1 Ambassadors (NM) and in the chip beat Colorado Titans (CO) 65-54 for the title.