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2013 Birmingham Main Event: Saturday Recap
by Jason Pratt, Future150 (7:06 PM CT, Wed April 10, 2013)
Jason Pratt
Jason Pratt:

Future150 Senior Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

Birmingham, AL (Future150) -- The Future150 Birmingham Main Event continued its action from 8:00 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday, giving prospects ample time to showcase their skills in front of staff members at four different gym locations.

Here are the players who caught our attention the most during the 14 hour day of hoops...

Brandon Austin, Alabama Challenge, 2015 SG:

The 6'5" shooting guard had a big weekend at the Birmingham Main Event. He was shooting the ball extremely well all weekend on all three levels. He showed good athleticism, playing above the rim for stretches. He rebounded the ball and also plays unselfish basketball at all times. He has all the makings of a high major guard. Keep an eye on Brandon this summer!

Da'Von FluddCharleston Playmakers, 2015 SG:

Da'Von was scintillating shooting the basketball from deep on Saturday. The 6'2" guard has improved his outside shot greatly, and it has taken his game to another level. He is also getting reps at the point guard spot, which will make him all the more appealing to college coaches in the future. Keep an eye on the South Carolina prospect going forward.

Terrell Coleman, Atlanta Celtics, 2017 SF:

Terrell is a boy in a grown man's body. He is 6'4" and has the look of a college bound prospect. He plays above the rim and is extremely explosive. He can knock down jump shots and is adept at playing inside the paint as well. He is a versatile kid who has an extremely bright future.

Rashaan Benson, Georgia Kings Elite, 2014 PG:

The Memphis prospect has grown two inches since the fall, and he has put on a considerable amount of muscle as well. He has excellent court vision, good quickness, and is always looking for his teammates. He is good when running the pick-and-roll, and even better when in isolation in the half-court setting.

Tre SwillingSwilling Storm, 2017 SG:

The New Orleans guard was at it again this weekend. His calling card is his ability to knock down jump shots from all over the court, especially from beyond the three-point line. He is also a steadying force for his team, never playing out of control. He makes plays when he needs to and finds open teammates at the right time. 

Cornelius BennettGeorgia Kings Elite, 2014 PG:

The 5'7" speedster made his mark on the tournament with his frenetic style of play. He is extremely explosive and is very impressive in a transition setting. He uses his compact and strong body to score at the rim and plays very solid on-ball defense.

Paul Michael Hargrove, Birmingham South Generals, 2019 PF:

Hargrove was one of the best leaders we saw over the weekend, and behind his leadership, the Generals made a run to the 12U Championship game. Hargrove showed great fundamentals as well as being very educated with the game. He made the right play time after time again. This youngster has all of the tools to be a reliable basketball player in the future.

Mark Thomas, Arkansas Warriors, 2016 PF:

Thomas put up as good of numbers as any player this weekend. He averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds and had a 30 point outburst early Saturday. He scored the ball for his squad, as well as rebounded and protected the rim. He is definitely a talented player to watch in the future.

Michael BellBirmingham Blue Devils, 2014 PG:

The 5'10" floor general impressed the Future150 staff with his elite ball skills as well as his speed on the floor. There wasn't a defender in the building who could keep Michael from getting to the rim when he wanted. Also, his ball skills are so good, he rarely turned the ball over and exhibited good leadership skills all weekend.

Paul Stramaglia, Alabama Steel, 2019 PG:

Stramaglia was another impressive standout from the 12U division. The youngster constantly made plays for himself and others. He drove the lane and dished off to open teammates to better-suit them to score. He also kept the defense honest with the ability to pull up and hit mid-range jumpers. There is no doubt, Paul made his young team go on the offensive end.

Donta' HallAlabama Challenge, 2015 PF:

The 6'7" power forward is raw offensively right now, but the potential is there for him to become a monster over the next two years. He is explosive, has good instincts, blocks shots, and rebounds the basketball. He is also in excellent shape and gets up and down the court with ease. The sky is the limit for Donta'.

Tucker Vines, AL Wildcats, 2018 C:

At 6-foot-3, Vines towered over the competition in his age group. With that being said, he affected the game on the inside, as he blocked and altered other players’ shot attempts. He still has some coordination and hands issues, but with time, this youngster could turn into a very impressive prospect. Vines has tons of room to grow and his potential is out of the roof.

Roderick JohnsonAlabama Select, 2014 PG:

Roderick was one of the few point guards in attendance this weekend who was able to knock down shots consistently from the outside. He was hitting shots from both mid-range and long range, and he has good ball skills as well, making him a dangerous lead guard.

Danjel PurifoyDream Team Express, 2015 SG:

Danjel proved once again why he is one of the most talented sophmores in the entire country. He is a legitimate 6'6" and can do so many things on the floor. He can shoot from the outside, slash to the basket, play solid on-ball defense, or use his court vision to find his teammates. So talented that it's scary to project where he could be in a few short years. Mega prospect!

John PettyTeam WIGG, 2017 SF:

The Huntsville product is now standing close to 6'5", and his wing skills have blossomed over the past year, making him an extremely attractive recruit. He has good range on his jump shot, handles the ball well, and is unselfish on the offensive end. He is also a strong finisher at the basket, especially through contact.

Ethan StairAlabama Elite, 2015 SG:

Ethan proved yet again that he is one of the best players in his class in the entire state of Alabama. He showed that he has the ability to impact the game with his all-around-skills. He played above the rim and threw down several dunks, as well as hitting several shots from the outside. 

Antonio Zachary, LA Rockets, 2018 PG:

Zachary was another young guard that opposing teams feared because of his hard-nosed defense. He created several steals per game and broke down opposing defenses on offense. He also showed he was clutch, as he knocked down some important free throws to keep his squad in the game in the semi-finals game.

Bradley BeltTeam WIGG, 2017 SG:

The 6'2" shooting guard is a physical wing prospect who uses his powerful frame to get to the rim whenever he wants. There wasn't a player in the 14U division who could stop him on his way to the basket, and when he got to the rim, he finished using his strength and athleticism. He also has an excellent mid-range jump shot that he is good at scoring with when coming off-the-dribble.

Raekwon Pettis, LJC Elite, 2015 SG:

Pettis showed he was one of the best pure scorers in attendance this weekend. He scored at all three levels, with most of his damage coming as he slashed through the lane and finished at the rim. He was also very crafty in transition and showed he could finish in acrobatic fashion. Pettis also showed long range with shooting from behind the three-point line. He may be a streaky shooter at times, but this kid showed that he was an obvious scorer.

Colin Scollard, AL Wildcats, 2018 SG:

Scollard was very impressive throughout the weekend, and the only way to describe him is a basketball player. He was very fundamentally sound with his game, with no real weaknesses evident. He shot the ball well from the mid-range game and scored from all over the floor. However, the thing that stuck out the most was how hard he played. He never took a play off and displayed a constant motor.

Khalil BachmanCharleston Playmakers, 2014 SG:

Khalil is a standout shooter on the offensive end who is very confident in his game. He has good slashing ability as well, and uses his long arms to finish in traffic at the rim. He is also a solid on-ball defender who gets into passing lanes and disrupts the flow of the opposing team's offense. 

Devonte Spears, Da House, 2018 SG:

Spears was another impressive player to emerge from the 13U age group. He showed the ability to utilize his body to put himself in better situations on the offensive end. He constantly found ways to get in the lane with his slashing ability, and he finished from the mid-range in. He also pulled and connected with a few shots from downtown.

JonDarius Warren, Da House, 2018 SG:

Warren was a nice complement to Spears, and to an extent, both are similar players. Warren used his length and athleticism to deflect passes and cause havoc on the defensive end of the floor. On the offensive side of the ball, he got into the lane and finished at the rim with contact.

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Tartesha Toney / Guest

My question is you highlighted all of the 2018 class kids but if they was the best why they lose. Why the kids that won wasn’t highlighted?

Posted: 10:40 PM UTC, Fri April 12, 2013

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