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Future150 Atlanta Main Event: 16U Recap
by Brian Flinn, Future150 (9:25 AM CT, Tue April 19, 2016)
The Alabama Magic took home the 16U title
The Alabama Magic took home the 16U title
Brian Flinn
Brian Flinn:

Future150 National Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

Atlanta, GA (Future150) -- The Atlanta Main Event is perennially filled with some of the top talent from Atlanta, as well as the Southeast. This year was no different, as a number of players used the platform to put themselves firmly on the radar. Teams form 7 States were on hand to compete.

Perhaps no one did more for themselves than shooting guard Trey Doomes. The talented wing made a guest appearence for the Alabama Magic this past weekend and put up 30 points on multiple occasions as the Magic took home the title over ARG. A number of other prospects turned in solid weekends and are moving in the right direction heading towards the live periods: 

Brandon Kinloch, 2018 PG, Tri-County Impact: Kinloch is an intense point guard with decent speed and a high basketball IQ. Many times he would stop and make sure his teammates where in the right position before he ran an actual play. He is solidly built and did a great job of running the offense. 

Shaquan Davis2018 PF, Tri-County Impact: Davis is a very athletic undersized four man that can crash the boards on both ends of the floor and protect the rim. Once he tightens up on his handles and develops a mid-range jumper, Davis could turn out to be a nice D2 or D3 prospect. 

Eric Jones, 2018 SG, The Stallions: Jones was a scoring machine throughout the weekend. The Future150 Alum showcased the ability to put points up on all three levels and is certainly one to track. 

John Miles, 2018 SF, LSA GA Elite:  Miles is an agile wing who scored at the rim thanks to his ability to get into the lane. He finished through defenders on a couple of occasions and seemed to soak in what his coaches were telling him. 

Malik Smith, 2018 PG, Atlanta Selct-West: Smith is another shifty lead guard who did a good job of scoring as well as distributing. He got the rim at will and finished around bigger defenders. 

Dantavien Byrd, 2018 PF, Charlotte's Finest: Byrd played very hard all weekend and grabbed a lot of rebounds despite being and undersized four man. His motor seemingly never stops and Byrd showed an ability to score inside. 

A.J. Paschal, 2018 PG, Atlanta Select-East: Paschal was an extension of the coaching staff all weekend. He mixed up scoring and distributing very well, as he hit double digits on multiple occasions as well as set his teammates up.

Fred Payton Jr., 2018 SG, Georgia Trendsetters: Payton Jr. is a long and wiry wing player who can flat fill it up from long distance.  His athleticism and length are traits he uses to his advantage when defending or attacking the rim.  He scored 22 points and had 4 assists in a hard fought game in pool play. Consistency is the name of his game and as he continues to get stronger so will his game.

Paulie Stramaglia, 2020 PG, Alabama Celtics: Stramaglia is just a 8th grader playing up in the 16U divison but you would of never known that by his play.  He is a pass first point guard with great court awareness and vision.  His on ball defense is solid and his ability to score the rock has vastly improved since we last saw him in the Underclassmen Camp.  He scored 16 points and 5 assists in the first bracket game of the tournament leading all scorers for the Celtics.  His upside is tremendous and he is getting nothing but better as his confidence grows.

Hunter Wiley, 2018 PG, Alabama Magic: Wiley is a firey competitor who does a great job of running an offense. He is quick with the ball in his hands and can create for his teammates. He also got to the rim at will and stepped up in the biggest moments as his team won the title.  He might of been the best on ball defender in the 16U division.  His quickness makes it hard to get by him. Solid performance on the weekend.

Tyler Millin, 2018 SF, Alabama Celtics: Millin is a smooth lefty with super long arms and is really athletic.  His ability to finish at the rim is where he made his living this past weekend.  His favorite spot was catching the ball at the FT line and shooting the mid range or attacking the rim.  He had 7 and ones over the weekend.  The highlight play of the weekend might of been his alley oop catch and two hand hammer baseline in bracket play.  Upside is the word that best describes his game and as he continues to develop his shot look for him to make a big splash over the next 2 years.

Brandon Thomas, 2018 PF, Team ARG:  Thomas was an effective interior scorer as Team ARG made a run to the Final Four in the 16U division. His rebounding and strength allowed him to score at the rim and block a handful of shots. Thomas projects as a talented small school big man. 

Trenton Gibson, 2018 PG, Team ARG: Gibson is a player Future150 has tracked for the last 3 years and all he does is get better everytime he shows up in the gym.  His court presence, vision and play making abilities have all increased.  The mid range jumper has become his go to move and it was on display all weekend long.  If you leave him open he can make the 3-point shot but consistency is something he is working on.  He's added 15 pounds of muscle and it shows in his game.  Team leader would best describe him to date.

Caleb Henry, 2018 PG, Upstate Warriors:  A quick and talented point guard, Henry did a fantastic job of getting his teammates involved and decent looks throughout the weekend. He was also able to score at the tin. It would serve him well to improve as a shooter. Competition is something that he looks for the and is at his best when it pushes him.

K.J. Shade, 2018 SG, Georgia Spurs: Shade did a good job of slashing to the rim and knocking down big shot after big shot all weekend. His high-volume scoring was a welcome boost for the Spurs and allowed him to stand out. The next step for him will be to improve as a ball-handler and get stronger. 

Michael Wyman2019 G/F, Carolina Cowboys: Wyman had a fantasitc weekend, putting the ball in the basket from all three levels quite often. His slashing abilities were his strongest offensive weapon, finishing through contact and getting to the line plenty of times. Once his defense catches up, and he grows a few inches, Wyman could be one of the top 2019 prospects in North Carolina.  

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