Monday, August 13, 2012

Kyra Lambert decides!! And validates my Opinion(s)

Congrats to one of my favorite players to watch, Kyra Lambert, 2015 pg for Steele HS. She has committed to Texas A&M University. Her commitment is the first for a member of the 15' class locally. She is only the second San Antonio area player to commit to the SEC in recent memory.

Congrats to her father and long time club coach Pops Lambert.

I have written some "opinion' blogs lately. Lambert validated all three of them with her commitment.

1. Clinics can help in recruitment-

2015 Kyra Lambert fears no one. Her athleticism allows her to play up vs. elite competition and her skill set is advanced for her age. She represented well when she was assertive. She needed to be more selfish at times. She showed why she is considered one of the best young guards in the state, if not nation in her class.
This is a quote from a blog I wrote about the Gannon Baker camp at Texas A&M almost exactly two years ago.  Kyra not only attended that camp in front of the A&M staff, she attended the same camp last summer. Fresh off of an elite summer with TeamXpress, Lambert attended the clinic for the second time. I had a player of mine at the camp that expressed interest in A&M. I placed a call to A&M assistant,Kelly Bond, on my players behalf. The conversation went quickly to how impressed the staff was with the ever improving and very talented Lambert.

After another stellar season, this time for Sophia Young Elite, Texas A&M saw enough to offer the rising sophomore. This alone is an accomplishment since the A&M staff rarely offers kids so early. In fact, I was led to believe that only two 2014's were offered by the A&M staff last year as sophomores.

2. Shoe Affiliation does not matter much-

Again, a recent blog spoke of how Lambert put in work vs shoe sponsored teams and grew because of it. She has joined a recent national champ and Top 15 team over the last few season with Texas A&M. Lambert did not have to chase a title or trophy in a separate city as her Sophia Young Elite team is primarily based locally.

Congrats to Mike Ekenam and Sophia Young. The Sophia Young organization provided a good environment for Kyra to showcase her great ability.

(Side note: Sophia Young is incredible. I had the pleasure of seeing her at work today and her professionalism is something to be admired. She challenges her teammates with her play but encourages them as often. Watching her approach practice with detail and intensity makes me think she is destined to coach after her playing days are over)

3. Tough Parents= Tough Players

Pops Lambert is a tough father whom expects great things from his child. In that vein, Kyra does not disappoint. Her father tapes every game and chops up video with her, thus, she is one of the smartest kids in the city. Visit Gold's gym or some military gym on the weekend and you have a great chance of running into Kyra, getting it in under the watchful eye of her pops, Pops.

I am delighted for the Lambert family. Here is my  initial talent evaluation for Lambert from November 2008. As you can see, the kid was nice and bound for the big time way back then.
(S/O to her skills coach back then, Mo Harrison, Next Level. He obviously had her on the right track)

2015- No one in her class is even close. Another very skilled combo guard. Can pass, slash, score and shoot. Plays with and against boys on a regular basis and gives more than she takes. She leads by example and is not a rah rah type guard but is always one of the better players on the court. First step is just unfair to defenders. Will attend Steele and plays in a great back court with the Jaguars.