Friday, June 22, 2012

Shocking the World!!

The Wichita State Shockers have added not one, but two of our local stars. SA Finest Basketball players, Briana Jones and Kayla White, committed to WSU head coach Jody Adams on Wednesday night.

White, a guard for East Central HS, was the first to make the important call and declare her intent. Jones, a forward at Madison HS, followed suit a short while later.

Coach Adams and the Shocker coaching staff have been keeping a close eye on both kids for awhile. The staff were compelled to offer both players at a recent elite camp. Both, White and Jones, had the opportunity to stand out during skill set sessions, camp scrimmages and in games with current WSU players. Coach Jody Adams played at Tennessee for the great Pat Summitt and won a NCAA Championship. She runs her program with the vigor of a Pat Summitt disciple.

The overwhelming attributes that the WSU staff came away impressed with were the skill set of both players and how remarkable they were OFF of the court as well.

Kayla White and Briana Jones have played with SA Finest Basketball since middle school. Both of them were middle school post players with no experience at the wing and guards positions. To transform their game to earn a ride to one of the best mid-major programs in the country is a testament to hard work and environment!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Lady Rohawk Respect!

The 6th annual SA Lady Rohawk "Ladies First" event is this weekend. This event is the biggest thus far. Having a few tournaments under my belt, I understand how difficult it is to "earn" respect. Events are plentiful and travel costs are expensive. The Lady Rohawk event is unique in that it features more out of town teams than local teams. Consistently getting 30 plus teams from outside of San Antonio is a show of the respect that Charlie Harper has in the club circles around the state. In fact, very seldom will DFW Elite, one of the best organizations in the country, play their top team in non-certified events. That is exactly what happened at last year's Lady Rohawk event when T-Jack made an appearance. Yes, some event operators can get less than competitive teams to come to SA, but Harper has some of the most respected clubs in the state, every year. Last year, 20 plus college coaches attended the event and a few kids earned college rides because of the exposure. This event puts the "Ladies First" indeed.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Coaching Carousel!

It has been reported that over 70 Division 1 programs changed head coaches this past off season. The local scene is too going through mass changes.

Johnson- Audra Bredemeyer resigned. Replaced by Randy Evans

Clemens- Former Johnson assistant and Clemens head coach, Corey Tackitts reportedly went to Floresville as boys coach.

Brennan- Open due to Randy Evans departure.

Lee- Reportedly lost head coach, William Taylor, to John Jay boys team.

Antonian- Is interviewing  for a new coach. Reports have SA Heat club coach, Koby Cantu as eventual head coach.

Incarnate Word- Rumor has it that Troy Patterson may not return and the position is open. A source close to the school suggest that this is the case.

Floresville-The very well respected Greg McWilliams took a job in San Angelo at Central High School.

More movement is probable. A coach of a playoff team in the NISD is supposedly seeking a boys job. He was offered another girls job but turned it down in pursuit of eventually going to boys side. Do not be surprised to see this happen often over the few years. Many girls coaches will parlay their success on the girls side to earn boys basketball jobs, draw your own conclusions.