Woodbury's Ambriz set to run with the Golden Bears
Matt Ambriz hopes to shine in the Northern Sun.
“It’s exciting,” Ambriz, a 6-foot 2-inch 180-pound shooting guard with Royals said after a brief ceremony at WHS. “It makes me want to work harder.”
Ambriz led the Royals in scoring during his standout senior year – a season in which he finished fourth in scoring among Class AAAA players and secured his place in WHS history as the school’s all-time free-throw shooter. His 89 percent free throw percentage decimated the school’s standing record – 78 percent.
He earned three varsity letters playing for the Royals, two of which came as a starter. His resume includes more than 1,000 career points and a two-time selection for the All-Suburban East Conference team.
“I just had a lot of fun and I’m going miss it a lot,” Ambriz said of his high school career.
At Concordia, Ambriz will be expected to play point guard, coach Joey James said.
“We feel that he’ll emerge as a very good point guard in the Northern Sun,” he said. “He can handle it very well; he can shoot it and is really more of an all-around basketball player.”
Northern Sun teams include Winona State, the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Minnesota State University-Mankato and Augustana College (Iowa).
Woodbury coach Scott Swansson called Ambriz one of the best pure shooters he’s ever seen come through the Royals program.
“I think they’re getting a good player,” Swansson said at Wednesday’s ceremony. “He hits the bottom of the net all the time. I think good things are going to happen to him.”
Ambriz said Woodbury assistant coach Kent Getzlaff, a Concordia alum, pointed him in the direction of the Golden Bears. The team and the St. Paul-based campus endeared itself to Ambriz immediately, he said.
“I felt like I was at home right away,” he said.