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Beaumont Thunder Take Home 14U Championship
by Ramin Mazaheri, Future150 (11:39 AM CT, Thu April 18, 2019)
Beaumont Thunder take home 14U Championship
Beaumont Thunder take home 14U Championship
Ramin Mazaheri:

Regional Recruiting Analyst. Covering high and middle school basketball.

Houston, TX (Future150) -- The 2019 Future150 Tournament Series was on the road again this past weekend, and the third stop was Houston, TX. The Houston Main Event has been one of Future150’s top stops in its series due to all of the talent in the HOU area. The 14U Boys division featured unknown young players from all over the South. Beaumont Thunder won a back and forth game against a talented D GIB Nation 62-59.

Let's take a look at top performers from the weekend throughout the division below.

Ja’Von Sorrell - 2023, CG of Beaumont Thunder is a long, 6’2, athletic guard who showed off an impressive skill set all weekend. He was a downhill attacker, finishing at the rim through contact in Houston. Defensively, Sorrell played with a high motor, causing havoc for open court opportunities. This guard also showcased that he has the ability to create for others and play unselfishly, averaging several assists throughout the weekend. His passing ability opened up outside shooting opportunities in which he capitalized.

Keithan Jackson - 2023, SF of Beaumont Thunder was a strong-bodied in-between player in Houston. His physicality gave bigger players problems down low. A rim to rim runner, Jackson beat players down the floor to score in transition for his team. He showed some nice post moves, and also created second opportunities for his team by crashing the boards for put-backs. 

William Taylor - 2023, SG of D GIB Nation showed off his athleticism and ability to drive all weekend long, and finishing at the rim. A strong ball-handler, he was a downhill attacker and loves scoring in transition. His court vision was impressive as he dished out dimes to his teammates when attacking. Taylor also showed that not only can he play offense, but he was a relentless defender who applied aggressive on-ball pressure.

Kevin Juarez - 2023, PF of D GIB Nation is a 6’6, strong-bodied post player who marked his territory immediately when he walked in the gym this weekend. Has strong offensive moves down low such as the baby hook, drop-step, and up & under to name a few. He was a double-double machine in Houston as he’s an unbelievable offensive rebounder for his team. 

Reed Odell - 2023, PF of RL9 Willis is a long, lanky, versatile player who had an impressive showing in Houston this past weekend. Standing 6’5, Odell has a fundamentally sound game with strong post moves in the paint. He also showcased that he can face up to put the ball on the floor and get to the rim. This prospect rebounds hard and creates second opportunities for his team to stay in games. Odell was a rim protector with some massive blocks at the rim this weekend.

Jacob Ryan - 2023, PG of Katy Shooting Stars is a pass first floor general who orchestrated his offense all weekend long. He controlled the tempo of the game, put teammates in spots to be successful, and was able to score the ball when needed. Ryan showed off getting to the rim and also his outside shooting ability. Defensively, he was in good position applying pressure on opposing guards and was able to come away with a few steals per game.

Kieran Davis - 2023, SF of the Louisiana Rockets is a big guard who plays physical and showed the ability to finish though contact. He was a primary scorer for his team averaging double digits in points and rebounds. Davis brought immediate energy to the game with his defensive intensity which forced a lot of turnovers and open court opportunities.

Derek Koolsmanberger - 2023, CG of Texas Inferno was one of the most skilled players throughout the tournament this weekend, showcasing a wide-range skill set. He was a stat filler, scoring the ball, getting steals, and dishing the ball to open teammates. Koolsmanberger is a long-range shooter who has savvy ball-handling skills that allow him to get to the mid-range areas and pull-up.

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