The D1 Nation has had a strong presence in West Texas for 5 years now. Under the guidance of Coach Lynn Shuttlesworth the West Texas D1 Ambassadors have made their mark as tough, disciplined teams full of college prospects. In fact Lubbock Christian University's outstanding roster is dotted with our alumni.
Coach Shuttlesworth has "retired" although knowing him he's as intense as ever teaching the game now to his young grandson and his team mates. Together with Lynn we've established the name throughout the communities of Amarillo, Lubbock, El Paso, Midland, Odessa and so many small West Texas towns in between.
The baton has been passed now and I'm excited to officially announce the appointment of Coach Branden Jackson as the Director of the D1 Nation in West Texas. He'll be assisted by Coach Alex Harrison.
There's every intention of building on what Coach Shuttlesworth has helped ingrain, including building and attracting multiple age group's as well as building a girl's program. However there's so much more to the D1 Nation than only Texas D1 Ambassadors teams.
As Founder, I'm proud of the fact that we give exposure to deserving athletes whether they play on our D1 Ambassadors teams or for some other organization. If we're really "in it for the kids" as folks like to say, then we need to be in it for all kids, not allowing local politics or egos get in the way.
www.d1nation.com has received over 5 million views as players, parents high school and college coaches are hungry for information about youth sports. This is a tool nobody else can offer to highlight players and their performances and skills. Especially popular is Coach Ivany's near daily recap of the D1 Nation Alumni playing at the NCAA Division One level. "A lot of folks know us well, but most have no idea how deep the legacy runs. We've had over 300 Division One players and over 1000 total college alumni at all levels. That dwarfs everyone else in the country. My expectation with this new leadership in West Texas is that we build on that."-Coach Max Ivany
Branden Jackson Bio
Played at Frisco (TX) High School (where they went 27-6 2004-2005) finishing 9th in the State of Texas' highest classification.
2008-09 Oxnard College (CA) Juco
2009-10 American River College (CA)
20015-17 Barclay College (KS) NCAA Division 2 (Conference Champions 2015-16
Say No Classic (CA) Los Angeles College summer league. The team went 27-0 team: Playoffs. Lost Vs. Demar Derozan and his USC primary team. He had 40 points. Played against Kawai Leonard while he was a freshman at San Diego State. Drue Holiday regularly played Pick up with me while he was at Campbell Hall. Larry Drew while at Woodland Hills Taft.
Alex Harrison Bio
Lubbock, TX (Monterey High School)
College Clarendon College (2 years)
Sul Ross State (2 years)
AAU: Lubbock Hoyas, Lubbock Fusion Canes
All District, Senior Year (Monterey)
Clarendon College(Honorable Mention)
Sul Ross State American Western Conference MVP. Conference Champions
Judy Jones: All American & Two Time League MVP in Spain (Shown: Spanish All Star Game MVP)
The vision I've developed and shared along with Coach Jackson for 2019 is to have a flagship team second to none in terms of talent and excellence, based out of Lubbock, TX . We want to develop the D1 Ambassadors program so that it includes teams down to the 5th grade level and to also initiate inroads into the girls side of the sport.
Planning is currently underway to offer tournaments, skills camps, ranking camps and recruiting seminars in West Texas. For the girls I have a real treat as my daughter in law, Judy Jones will be the headliner. Her resume is lengthy and includes All American and Academic All American Honors as well as two time Player of the Year in Spain.
Inn the mean time, a priority I'd asked Coach Jackson and Harrison to complete was an initial ranking of the top players in West Texas. Although we'll be offering separate ranking by class in the future, our initial rankings were regardless of class. We expect controversy, please bear in mind that rankings are subjective and are only a snapshot in time. A player who continues to work hard and stay focused can vault through the rankings while someone touted early on can quickly fall off the books.
We think you'll enjoy them and I welcome your feedback at D1Nation@aol.com We will begin to unveil the Top 21 players over the next week.
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