Houston, TX (Future150) -- It was a close game throughout, but the Houston Nets ran away with the 16U divisione title game, defeating HTX Xtreme by the score of 71-63. De'Shjon Grant hit some big shots throughout the game for the Nets, while Caleb Jones and Jaren Holmes controlled the glass against an undersized Xtreme squad. Xtreme got some effective performances from Christian Martin and Edwin Dearman, both draining some big shots from beyond the arc, but they ultimately fell just short.
Future150 Main Event Houston 16U Standouts:
Brandon Nelson, 2020 Post, TBT Sports Disciples Black (TX): The 6'7" big man is a bouncy prospect who uses his length and athleticism to make an imprint on the game at both ends. He's a capable finisher around the rim and blocks shots at a high rate on the defensive end. As he continues to work on his offensive game, he'll become a hard prospect to stop.
Satonye Clement, 2019 PG, Houston Kings (TX): Although he only stands in the 5'9" range, that didn't stop the strong Cypress Ridge (TX) prospect from averaging over 15 points per game throughout the tournament. He has an excellent first step on his way to the rim and knows how to finish against contact.
Michael Simon, 2019 G, FYN All-Stars (TX): In the game where we watched him stand out, he scored 14 points for his team and showed that he can get baskets whether it's on drives to the rim or on perimeter shots from behind the arc. He's a vocal leader who has no issue commanding the respect of his team, and we loved that about his game.
Mikah Thomas, 2019 PG, Shadow Creek Shooting Stars (TX): The sophomore was an impressive scorer at Future150 Main Event Houston, totaling 17 points and 10 points in consecutive games for his team. His perimeter shot was in rhythm while we were watching, making him a hard kid to stop.
Trace Boling, 2019 SF, Shooting Stars Blue (TX): The 5'10" Katy High School (TX) prospect impressed us with his scoring ability over the weekend in Houston. In two games where we zoned in on him, he scored 14 points each and did so by knocking down shots from behind the three-point line, as well as when finishing in the mid-range and around the rim.
Xavier Keys, 2019 PG, Houston Nets (TX): Keys was phenomonal throughout the weekend using his speed and ball-handling skills to get to the rim. He rebounded the ball extremely well for a 5'9" guard and had a deadly pull-up jump shot that he utilized a lot on championship Sunday. We could be seeing Keys extending his basketball career beyond high school if he continues to work hard and improve.
Kordell David, 2019 G/F, Team Denton (TX): David was a very impressvie slasher and showed off versatility on the defensive end. Standing around 6'3", he is a little undersized for the wing at this point but his high motor and slashing abilities make up for that. Definitely some potential here with this prospect, especially if he can shoot up a few more inches.
Josiah Johnson, 2019 SG, Tiger Life (TX): Johnson is no stranger to the Future150 staff as he attended the 2016 Future150 Summit Camp and was voted to the all-star team. He continues to look like a low major prospect with his decent size and length, great scoring abilities, and sneaky athleticism. He used his size and strong frame to score plenty of baskets around the rim, and also punished defense's that would give him any space to shoot it beyond the three point line.
Kolby Moore, 2019 SG, Kingdom Warriors Academy (MS): Moore was one of the best three point shooters in the 16U division. He has good size for a guard at 6'3" and doesn't hesitate to slash the lane and play through some contact. He guarded multiple positions thorughout the weekend and made sure his presence was known every single game.
Marsavius Hopkins, 2019 SF, HTX Xtreme (TX): Even though he's listed as a small forward, Hopkins is just below 6'0". He didn't let his size disadvantage discourage his game as he helped lead his squad all the way to the 16U championship game before falling to the Houston Nets. He was putting the ball through the net consistently and scored 23 points during bracket play on Sunday afternoon.
Malcolm Pugh, 2020 PG, Lake Charles Stars (LA): Playing an age group up, you wouldn't be able to tell Pugh was a year younger than most of his competition. A lightning quick floor general, Pugh showed off fantastic court vision in transition and was a deadly scorer in the halfcourt. If he grows and adds more strength to his frame, Pugh could develop into one of the best PG's in the Lake Charles/Oakdale area.
Montego Muckelvaney, 2018 G/F, K-Town All Stars (TX): Muckelvaney put on a show on championship Sunday, showing off his bounce and throwing down some nasty put-back dunks as well as some bangers in transition. He was at his best when putting his head down and charging towards the rim but he also showed he was capable of knocking down a jumper from anywhere on the court when he was left open. Muckelvaney is one to keep an eye on over the summer.
Neal Milligan, 2020 CG, Boom City Hornets (TX): Like Pugh, Milligan was playing an age group up and you really couldn't tell as he was holding his own and really taking over some games. During bracket play on Sunday he scored 16 points in a tough loss to the K-Town All Stars. The rising sophomore is another prospect to keep your eye on in the Baytown area.
Karl Reynolds, 2019 SG, Houston Nets (TX): Reynolds had a huge performance during bracket play on Sunday as he scored 25 points to advance his team past Tiger Life and move them on to the championship game. At 6'1", he was very active on both ends of the floor and was nearly impossible to stop when slashing to the lane. He wasn't much of a three point shooter but his close-range/slashing componets of his game was more than enough to carry his team.
Cortez Ivie, 2019 PG, K-Town All Stars (TX): Ivie was very impressive last year at the Future150 Memorial Day Houston Tournament and had a good showing at the Summit Camp. This past weekend was no different from him, as he used his great handles and court vision to get his teammates plenty of open buckets and made sure the defense regretted giving him any space beyond the three point line.
Frederick Shields III, 2019 SF, Tiger Life (TX): Shields had a big game on Sunday morning during bracket play as he scored 18 points in a win over Kingdom Warriors Academy. He was using his length to grab offensive rebounds and score over the top of the defense all weekend. He is a decent jump shooter and has some potential to play beyond high school depending on his growth.
Calvin Hill, 2019 PG, Boom City Hornets (TX): Hill impressed the Future150 staff last year in the Memorial Day Houston Tournament and continued to make a statement this past weekend. He was easily one of the best PG's in the older divisions as he is a fantastic on-ball defender and can get hot in a hurry on offense. Unfortunately it looks like he may be done growing, but if he were to reach around six feet, he would be an even bigger problem than what he already is now.