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CYM Takes Home 17U Championship
by Jason Pratt, Future150 (11:52 AM CT, Fri June 15, 2018)
CYM takes home the 17U title at Dallas Battleground.
CYM takes home the 17U title at Dallas Battleground.
Jason Pratt
Jason Pratt:

Future150 Senior Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

Lewisville, TX (Future150) -- The Future150 Dallas Battleground was back in Texas for a 3rd straight year looking for young talent.  The 17U division featured some of the top players from Texas and Arkansas.  Players looking to get their names on the nationa radar before the July Live Period starts was the goal.

The 17U championship game featured a familiar face to the Future150 Dallas Battleground in CYM.  Its foe was from Arkansas in the Arkansas Kings 2019. The game was tight through out with both teams making mini runs to take the lead.  In the end, CYM height and inside game was just to much to overcome.  The Kings made a late rally but feel short 56-54.

Let's take a look at the top performers in the division and how the fared on the weekend.  Future150 found several player that made a impact and could play at the next level.

Tournament MVP: PF Djibril Diagne (CYM)

All Tournament Team:

SF Cameron Hicks (Pack Elite)
SF Jeremy Fountain (Gulf Coast Elite)
PF Dylan Henderson (AR Kings 2019)
SF Michael Laeky (CYM)


Cameron Hicks- 2018 SF (Pack Elite) Hicks plays with a high motor and makes plays all over the court. He is long, has active hands and plays good on ball defense for a player his size at 6-foot-7 inches tall. Attacking the rim from the wing position resulted in him scoring in bunches and getting offensive rebounds as well.  Coaches if you are looking for a production wing who can do it all this is your guy.

Djibril Diagne- 2019 (CYM) Diagne was definitely the top overall prospect in the gym. The combination of size at 6-foot-10 inches and a high level skil set makes him fun to watch.  His ability to run the floor consistently is what helps him stay engaged on both ends of the floor. Playing with his back to the basket, he showed a variety of moves as well as good footwork.  The catch, turn and face up game was one of his better scoring threat.  Averaging a double double on the weekend and leading his team to the championship. He takes home MVP honors.

Nathaniel Jaloub- 2019 PF (Nike CY-Fair) Jaloub was consistent all weekend for his team.  He cleans up the boards on both the offensive and defensive ends.  Scoring on the mid range jumper is where he excelled.  He can stretch his range to the three point line as well and knock it down if you leave him open.  As his skill development continues look for his game to take the next steo.

Mandell Campbell- 2019 PF (AR Kings 2019) Cambell is a prospect who has relatively unknown but has a ton of upside to his game. He had a nice weekend playing above the rim and dunking everything.  At 6-foot-8 inches tall, he is bouncy and knows how to use his body well in the paint area. He made a living in the paint off of offensive rebounds and put backs. This D1 prospect averaged a double double on the weekend. 

Jeremy Fountain- 2019 SF (Gulf Coast Magic) Fountain has a good burst and showed good quickness which made him a tough guard. This big bodied wing player has the toughness when attacking the rim to finish through contact. Gritiness, mental toughness and heart are three words that come to mind when you watch his game.  He averaged 14 points and 6 rebounds for the tournament.

Kyrece Williams- 2019 PF (The Program) Williams has a nice frame and knows how to use it on both the offensive and defenseive ends. He finishes really well through contact and can use either hand when scoring. Offensive rebounds, playing with energy and interior passing are all things that stand out in his game. He averaged 18 points and 8 rebounds on the weekend.

Dylan Henderson- 2019 PG (AR Kings 2019) Henderson is a very efficient lead guard when the ball is in his hands.  He showed good ball handling skills, court vision and a high basketball IQ. When breaking his defender it opens up scoring opportunities not only for himself but his teammates as well. Scoring on the fast break and before the defense could set is where he did most of his damage on the weekend. He averaged 14 points & 4 assists for the tournament.

Michael Laeky- 2018 SF (CYM) Laeky has a nice frame, built well and stands 6-foot-7 inches tall. On ball defense, long arms and rebounding on both ends are things you love about his game.  Of all the prospects in the tournament, his overall scoring arsenal was far superior to the competition. The mid range jump shot is his best friend and where he did a ton of damage in the touranment. 

Tiquan McMiller- 2019 SF (Run B.C Rebels) McMiller is a big time athlete who had a few high flying dunks on the weekend. Getting out on the fast break and scoring in transition is where he excelled on the weekend.  He did prove that if you leave him open he can make the open jump shot.  Being around the ball, make plays for others and being coachable are things you like about his game when you see him play.


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