February 14, 2020
Langham Creek High School Head Basketball Coach Charles Ament was selected to serve on the coaching staff of the McDonald’s All-American Game. Ament has led the Lobos since 2007 will be part of the coaching staff for the West Team.
By Drake Drymond, Langham Creek HS
Feb. 14, 2020—Langham Creek High School Boys’ Basketball Coach Charles Ament will soon add another notable milestone to his decorated career.
The longtime coach was selected to be an assistant for the prestigious McDonald’s All-American Game, which will feature 24 of the nation’s top senior basketball standouts during its 43rd edition April 1 at the Toyota Center in Houston. Future NBA stars to once play in the all-star game include LeBron James, James Harden and De’Aaron Fox, a 2016 Cypress Lakes High School graduate now in his third season with the Sacramento Kings.
For Ament, a friendship opened the door for the opportunity. Among the two coaches selected to lead the teams was Gary Hall, who is in his second year at St. Thomas High School in Houston and won nearly 400 games in 23 years in Virginia before moving to Texas. Hall will lead the West Team.
“He called and said, ‘I get to pick two people to be on the staff, and I would love to pick you,’” Ament said. “Of course, I said yes.”
Ament did admit that he had a delayed reaction initially to the news. He received the call just minutes from his team facing off against the Bridgeland Bears in district play.
“You’re focused on the task at hand and are involved in your own season trying to get Langham to the playoffs, so you don’t really have time to sit back and think about it,” Ament said. “But once it came out and everybody's talking about what a great thing that it is, it has made me realize how special it is.”
Langham Creek High School Head Basketball Coach Charles Ament has led the Lobos to eight postseason berths since 2010.
For Ament, the selection is part of the recognition of 23 years of coaching.
“When I was in high school there were a couple of kids that played in it, and those guys were revered,” he said. “As I’ve grown older, the coaches that have coached in it have accomplished so much, and I don’t really look at myself in that way…so it’s almost as if it’s not real. It's pretty humbling and a tremendous honor.”
Ament will be part of history, as Hall is just the third Texas head coach to lead one of the teams during the McDonald’s All-American Game. He joins Rick Shirley, now the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches executive director, and former Fort Worth Dunbar Head Coach Robert Hughes, who retired as the winningest high school coach in the country.
A bonus of participating in the game comes in the years that follow as the standout players star at the collegiate level and possibly, the professional ranks.
“One of the things that is really neat that Coach Shirley said is 15 years after he coached the game, he would still watch NBA games and guys he coached were still playing,” Ament said.
As for the event itself, Ament looks forward most to developing relationships with the players and making it an enjoyable week. In addition to the games and practices, teams will perform community service and participate in a Jam Fest on March 30.
This year marks the 43rd edition of the boys’ game and the 19th for the girls. Both will be televised live, with the Jam Fest and girls’ game on ESPN2, and the boys’ game on ESPN.
“I’m just there along for the ride,” Ament said. “The biggest thing for me is that when they [the players] look back on it, I will have added some type of value so that they will feel it was a positive experience. That they will be able to say it was a great environment because of the coaching staff.”