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Clutch City Kings Takes 12U Championship
by Ramin Mazaheri, Future150 (11:23 AM CT, Thu April 18, 2019)
Clutch City Kings takes home the 12 Championship.
Clutch City Kings takes home the 12 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 area. The 12U Boys division featured unknown young players from all over the South. The Clutch City Kings won a close championship game over a talented Katy Shooting Stars program 34-32. 

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

Dawson Pagel - 2025, PG of Clutch City Kings was a Chris Paul type point guard all weekend, dropping dimes to his teammates. His ability to see the floor was exceptional, as well as his decision making. Pagel pushed the ball in transition, keeping defenses on their toes, and was a playmaker all weekend. He also showed his ability to score the ball by getting to the rack, pulling up for a floater, and even hitting the outside shot. Pagel also showed that he has defensive intensity like CP3, having forced a lot of turnovers at the top of the defense.

Keegan Spatz - 2026, SG of Clutch City Kings was probably the best shooter in the 12U division all weekend, featuring a game where he made 6-8 from the 3PT line. He averaged 4-5 made threes per game. Spatz made a living sprinting the floor, getting to his spots with his hands ready to catch and shoot. He showed ability to shot fake and go for the one-dribble pull-up when defenders closed out. Sharp shooting 5th grader who plays for the 12U Clutch City Kings.

Kaidan Mata - 2025, CG of Clutch City Kings created havoc on the defensive end of the floor all weekend with his small, but quick frame. A fast-twitched player who communicates every defensive possession, Mata was able to force a lot of turnovers for his team to get out in transition. Mata also hurt teams on the offensive end as he was able to score at the rim, pull-up for transition 3’s, and also hit the open man for opportunities throughout the weekend.

Elijah Black - 2025, PG of Katy Shooting Stars was one of the most impressive players in the entire division as he has an advanced skill set. His ability to push the ball in transition, create opportunities for himself and others was unbelievable. He has a quick, tight handle, has a ton of swag with the ball, and created problems for defenders all weekend. Black showed his ability to score in a variety of ways, including getting to the rim, pulling up midrange (even off step-backs), shooting the trey ball, and so on. He was a strong defensive player which forced a lot of turnovers for him to score in transition and average a lot of assists. 

Bryce Goodwin - 2025, SG/SF of Katy Shooting Stars was a long, lanky, versatile player who gave teams problems all weekend. He was slashing to the rim all weekend to get some tough buckets through contact, shot the three ball well, and was a strong rebounder consistently. Goodwin averaged close to 17 points per contest along with 9 rebounds a game. Goodwin came up big with 17 points out of 38 in the semi-final game which teammate Elijah Black was absent from.

Prince Bynum - 2025, CG of Katy Shooting Stars was a key contributor for his team all weekend, showcasing his athletic ability by getting to the rim. Alongside teammate Bryce Goodwin, Bynum tallied 17 points of their 38 to advance the Katy Shooting Stars to the finals. Bynum also showed his ability to slash to the basket, shoot the three ball, and handle the ball like an advanced point guard.

Bryant Thomas - 2025, PG of Texas Inferno was a quick, athletic, shifty guard all weekend who gives 110% on both ends of the floor. He handled the ball extremely well throughout the weekend, creating opportunities for himself and others. Thomas showed his first-step explosiveness by getting to the rack all weekend. He was able to pull-up, shoot the 3 ball some, but his most impressive attribute was his defensive intensity and competitive nature.

Clinton Varner - 2025, SF/PF of Hybrid Hoops was a long, versatile SF throughout the weekend that continued to impress. He sprints the floor well, gets to the rim easily and finishes through contact. Hard to guard because players didn’t know to defend the drive or the three ball as he shot fairly well from beyond the arc. He’s a long, agile rim protector on the defensive end and crashes the boards hard.

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