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Alabama Dream Takes Home 11U Championship
by Ramin Mazaheri, Future150 (7:40 PM CT, Thu May 9, 2019)
Alabama Dream take home the 11U Title at Futue150 MEB
Alabama Dream take home the 11U Title at Futue150 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 AL Dream took away an exciting championship win Sunday evening 32-26 over a strong, competitve Team Wildcard. AL Dream was 4-0 on the weekend with a 32-30 semifinal win over the Alabama Flyers before moving onto the championship round. The Dream were led behind 6 foot eleven year old Jemarion Draper who plays all five positions on the floor.

Lets take a look at Draper alongside other top performers in the division below:

Jemarion Draper - 2026, CG of AL Dream was the highlight of the 11U division all weekend with his 6 foot, long, lanky frame playing all five positions on the floor. At eleven years old, he handles the ball very well, is shifty, and gets to the lane like he's Kevin Durant. Draper attacks downhill, pushes the ball in transition, and is so long that defenders have a hard time staying in front of him. He rebounds on both ends and was blocking shots left/right for his team in Birmingham.

Ryan Wright - 2026, PG of AL Dream was the second part of the 1-2 punch alongside Draper that led their team to a 4-0 showing this weekend. Wright is shifty with the ball, attacks left/right, and showed that he could score on all three levels. Wright was very intense on the defensive end, forcing turnovers which turned into open court opportunties. He pushed the ball very well in transition and made great decisions at the point guard position. As a 2026 player in Alabama, he showed an advanced skill set shooting from outside, pulling up midrange, and get to the hole through traffic.

Tristan Watkins - 2026, PF of Team Wildcard is a nice sized post at 6'1 who runs the floor very well. He sprints rim to rim, catches the ball in the paint and makes powerful moves to the basket. Watkins protected the paint in their zone defense as a shot blocker and the leading rebounder for his team this weekend. He crashes hard and competes at a high level for his age group. 

Parker Wright - 2026, PG of the Alabama Flyers was a quick, wiry guard all weekend. One of the smaller guards in the division, this kid was fearless. He pushed the ball in transition like a Steve Nash, made great passes as he showed of his high basketball IQ, attacked the rim hitting floaters, and shot the ball well from outside. Wright's weekend wasn't all offense however, as he is one scrappy defender who makes it seem like there are multiple versions of him out there on the floor at once. Wright led the Flyers to the semifinals where they fell short 32-30 to the eventual champion, AL Dream.

Kane Burns - 2026, PG of the Iron City Huskies was a floor general this weekend, controlling the tempo of the game on both ends of the floor for his team. He showed off his handle throughout the weekend, attacking downhill to get to the rim, and making great passes to set up teammates for scoring opportunities. Burns was a hustler all weekend, scrapping for loose balls, diving on the floor, and defending with great energy. He helped lead his team to the semifinals this weekend before falling to the eventual runner-ups, Team Wildcard.

Chase Holt - 2027, SG of the Alabama Saints is a strong-bodied guard who hustles the entire game. He filled the stat sheet like a Draymond Green with his scoring, rebounding, and defensive ability. He was a scrapper as he forced turnovers which turned into transition opportunities for the Saints. Holt played up this weekend as he's only a 4th grader, but he didn't let that hold him back from competing and helping his team have a good showing this weekend.


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