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Auburn Raptors Take Home 13U Championship
by Ramin Mazaheri, Future150 (9:21 AM CT, Fri May 10, 2019)
Auburn Raptors take home 13U Championship at Future150 MEB
Auburn Raptors take home 13U Championship at Future150 MEB
Ramin Mazaheri:

Regional Recruiting Analyst. Covering high and middle school basketball.

Birmingham, AL (Future150) -- The 2019 Future150 Tournament Series was home this past weekend for it's fourth tournament of the 2019 season in Hoover, AL at the Hoover Finley Center which featured 11 courts under one roof. The Birmingham Main Event has been one of Future150’s top tournaments in its series due to all of the talent in the Southeast.

The 13U Boys Division featured some very good teams from all over Alabama and a team from Memphis. Very talented players from each program competed game-in and game-out, which led to a championship game that featured the Auburn Raptors and Alabama Dream. The Auburn Raptors took away the championship, but they had to earn it. The Raptors came out strong early, leading by twenty, only for the AL Dream to claw back and get the game within as little as two points. However, the Auburn Raptors outlasted the Dream 51-39 to win a strong division championship.

Let's take a look at some feature players from throughout the division below:

Jamari Payne - 2024, PF of the Auburn Raptors is a tall, strong, athletic player who is active on both ends of the floor for a very good team. He runs the floor very well, attacks the paint off the dribble, and dominates the paint. He's a grown man down there scoring the ball and rebounding on both ends. Payne is also a strong shot blocker on the defensive end of the floor as he marks his territory every possession. He helped the Auburn Raptors to an undefeated weekend and championship win over the AL Dream.

Jayden Scott - 2024, PG of the Auburn Raptors is an athletic, quick, and skilled player who has a ton of grit. He has a toughness level that proves he wants to win every possession on both ends of the floor which helped lead the Raptors to a championship win after an undefeated weekend. Scott has many next level qualities including being a downhill attacker who changes pace and direction to finish through contact or make the right play. 

DeAndre Harris - 2024, SG of the Auburn Raptors is a scoring wing who can score in bunches with his athleticism and quickness. He's long, lanky, and showed his ability to score on all three levels this weekend. Harris defended with great energy throughout the weekend, forcing turnovers and open court opportunities for his team. He was a key contributor in helping the Auburn Raptors win the championship after an undefeated weekend.

Joseph Moore - 2025, SF of the Alabama Dream is a big bodied post who has quick feet and great strength. He was long, sprint the floor very well, and was a key part to the Dream making a run to the championship game this weekend. Moore showed his ability to score on all three levels as he drove to the rim, scored midrange, and also hit some outside shots. He has great potential to score in bunches which he proved at the Birmingham Main Event.

Jaylin Fields - 2024, PF of Wolverines Basketball Club was a strong presence on both ends of the floor this weekend. He was a key offensive contributor as he scored in bunches, maneuvering around the paint finding different ways to finish. Fields crashes the boards hard as he found himself getting a lot of second chance opportunties. He led his team to the semifinals only to fall short against eventual champion, Auburn Raptors.

Kyle Wright - 2024, SF of Carver Elite was a long and very skilled player this weekend. He was the go-to player for his team, shooting from deep, attacking the basket, blocking shots, etc. Wright has a strong skill-set, is extremely versatile in what he can do with the ball, and was a competitor all weekend.

David Ware - 2024, SF of the Iron City Huskies is a versatile player who did a little bit of everything. He attacked the rim, finishing all weekend through contact. Ware showed great court awareness each game, always positioning himself in the right place at the right time. He crashed the boards hard, defended well on the perimeter, and even showed some outside shooting ability.

Marquarius Reese - 2024, SF of TNA Heat is a very strong, athletic player who has a rare skill in moving without the ball. He would slash to the basket or space out on drives ready to catch the ball. Reese also used his size very well inside the paint for some easy buckets. A long, active player, he was an aggressive rebounder and defender for his team throughout the weekend.

JD Hair - 2024, F of the Tuscaloosa Onyx is a tough match up for most players his age as he has above average athleticism. He is extremely strong, scored in the paint, drove to the basket, and created second chance opportunities for himself. Hair was an active rebounder and relentless defender for the Onyx all weekend. 

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