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Future150 Main Event Houston: 17U Standouts
by Jason Pratt, Future150 (8:57 AM CT, Fri April 7, 2017)
Texas Jazz Elite takes home 17U Gold Championship.
Texas Jazz Elite takes home 17U Gold Championship.
Jason Pratt
Jason Pratt:

Future150 Senior Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

Houston, TX (Future150) -- The competition was fierce among teams in the rising senior division of the 2017 Future150 Main Event Houston, with Texas Jazz Elite (Gold Champion), Mo Taylor Elite (Silver Champion) & Texas Inferno Black (Bronze Champion) all bringing home titles for their programs. Check out our cumulative list of standouts from the 17U division over the weekend.

Raylon Gardner, 2018 PG, Texas Jazz Elite (TX): The ultra quick lead guard was putting on a show all weekend long. There weren't many players that were able to stay in front of him as he can get downhill in a hurry. He was scoring at will on the fast break and knocked down mid-range jumpers with regularity.  He was the catalyst behind his team taking home the Gold Division championship. He takes home MVP honors in the 17U division.

Tevin Robert, 2018 G, FYN All-Stars (TX): A well-rounded prospect, he scored 13 points in the game we viewed, scoring around the rim while sprinkling in a few shots from the perimeter as well. On the defensive end, he not only showed a willingness to compete, but he took pride in getting stops for his team.

Kyle Pashen, 2018 PG, Shooting Stars White (TX): The 6'3" Katy High School (TX) prospect was a very efficient prospect who showed off his high IQ throughout the tournament. He made a ton of three-point baskets throughout the weekend, but also showed that he can get to the rim with ease as well. Solid overall performance on the weekend.

Torrence Hayes, 2018 SG, Shooting Stars Blue (TX): Listed at 5'10", the Morton Ranch (TX) product showed his microwave-scorer capabilities at times throughout the tournament. In one game that we watched him during pool play, he lit up the scoreboards for 21 points in a variety of ways, while getting to the free-throw line with relative ease.

Jaylen Reed, 2018 SF, TBT Sports Disciples Black (TX): The athletic 6'4" wing was filling up the score sheets on Saturday with his play. In games we viewed, he tallied 12 and 18 points, respectively, while showing off an ability to finish on aggressive drives to the rim and on putback opportunities.

Tyler Hudson, 2018 SF, Houston Cowboys: A smooth scorer at 6'2", the Klein Oak (TX) product was able to get to the rim and finish above and around defenders while also showing off a stroke from the mid-range as well. Look for him to continue to build his name this coming AAU season with the reputable Cowboys program.

Kirboris Jeffers, 2018 PG, Texas Elite Warriors (TX): The steady, sure-handed point guard made an impression in the scoring column during a game on Saturday in which he scored 12 points while also making his mark with some nice passing skills. He also showed vocal leadership qualities in the game as well.

Salomon Smith, 2019 PF, Texas Jazz Elite (TX): The hefty big man was doing most of his damage on the weekend in the painted area. He made a living blocking shots, scoring at the rim and on offensive rebounds. His overall size made him almost impossible to stop once he got his hands on the ball on the low block. He showed good footwork and was light on his feet which gave him the ability to guard multiple positions. Solid overall performance on the weekend.

Darren Woodson, 2018 PG, RL9 (TX): The floor general impressed us with his scoring abilities in one of the pool play games. He poured in 21 points while doing it from behind the three-point line and when attacking the rim, while also sprinkling in a few mid-range jump shots as well. Overall, he was as steady a point guard as we say in the division.

Kristian Sjolund, 2018 SF, Shooting Stars (TX): The 6'7" small forward was the star of the tournament. He's an absolute stud and future high-major prospect. There wasn't a player in the field with a higher skillset than the European prospect, and he couples that with above-average athleticism, making him a matchup nightmare for opponents. He was knocking down the 3-ball all weekend long and from the 25 foot mark. The offers should start rolling in very soon for the Tompkins High School (TX) prospect.

Myles Burns, 2018 SF, Mo Taylor Elite (TX): The 6'5" small forward was a human highlight show on the fast break. He had eight dunks in a pool play game on Saturday. He has elite athleticism to go along with a nice looking jumper which he displayed in the mid- range. He is an elite rebounder on both ends and can play mulitple positions. Even though he played most of the weekend out of position, he still affected the outcome of the game and led his team to the Silver Championship. Division one coaches should be monitoring him.

Tim Samuel, 2017 SF, Texas D1 Houston (TX): Another year, the same story. The 6'5" wing did a little bit of everything for his team, not only helping his squad rack up wins with his play, but dominating in the process, using his all-around skillset to his advantage. Any and every low-major school looking for a late signee should be considering the Brazoswood High School (TX) product.

Kevin Dawson, 2017 SG, BC Flight (TX): After opening eyes at our Future150 Houston Camp last summer, the 6'3" wing followed with a huge high school season. An electric scorer who is equal parts slasher and shooter, he's one of the most explosive scorers in the Houston area. Low-major programs looking for a late signee should come calling on Dawson, whose stock is quite high right now.

Jayden Martinez, 2018 SF, Texas D1 Houston (TX): Not only does he have excellent size at 6'7", but he proved that he could effectively play both inside and out this past weekend. He rebounded the ball well on both ends of the floor, and his bread-and-butter was his ability to knock down open shots from the mid-range. 

Nestor Daboin, 2018 PF, Shooting Stars (TX) Daboin was one of the more explosive players we saw on the weekend. His second bounce is what makes his athleticism elite. He rebounds above the rim on both ends and blocks shots at will. His ability to finish above the rim made him almost impossible to stop.  As his jump shot becomes more consistent, look for him to stretch his game outside the paint.

Chad Tillery, 2018 SG, Stateline Raiders (LA): Tillery was one of the better shooters we saw on the weekend in the division. He was dropping bombs on the defense during pool play. At one point during one game he made four in a row on consecutive possessions. He has a nice frame and knows how to finish on the break. His relentless drive and competitiveness is what made him stand out.

Samuel Moore, 2019 G, Capitol City Prep (LA): The 5'7" guard had a nice showing this weekend from beyond the arc. In his team's opening game, he connected on 4-6 from behind the three-point line, igniting his team along the way. When necessary, he can also handle the ball in the open floor.

Treylon Barnaba, 2018 G, South Louisiana Elite Gators (LA): The Carencro High School (LA) product showed off his scoring abilities to our staff in Houston last weekend. He makes everyone around him better when he's on the floor, and his passion for the game is evident in each and every contest.

Cameron Ivy, 2018 PG, Triple D Hoops Black (TX): The 6-foot floor general was a crafty finisher around the rim. He's a strong penetrator who is always on the attack. He has a very good feel to his game and understands how to space the floor correctly, showing off his high basketball IQ.

Jeffrey Mouton, 2017 SG, Hoop Nation Family Gold (TX): The 6'3" wing was similar to a bulldozer on the way to the rim last weekend. He could not be stopped once he was going downhill and showed an excellent ability to finish against contact. On the defensive end, he was committed to getting stops and turnovers as well.

Bryan Argil, 2019 SG, McAllen Ballers (TX): A high-volume scorer at 5'10", he made all the right plays with the ball in his hands in Houston. As far as scoring goes, he shot lights-out from the perimter and averaged over 21 points per game over the weekend, all while playing up an age group with his team!

DJ Williams, 2018 SG, Super Stars Elite (TX): The 6'3" wing did a little bit of everything for his team at Main Event Houston. He scored the basketball well when he was working off-the-bounce, as well as in catch-and-shoot situations. On the defensive end, he stood out with his ability to harass the offense and get into passing lanes.

Zavier Clay, 2018 PF, Missouri City Ballers (TX): The 6'3" post prospect used his strength and first-step ability to make life miserable for defenses when he was attacking through the lane. If he gets steam going downhill, the defense doesn't have a chance to stop him on his quest to the rim. Rebounding on both ends and defens is what makes him stand out.

Ramiro Martinez, 2018 SF, San Antonio Gators Elite (TX): The 5'9" McCollum High School (TX) product earned the 'Mr. Hustle' tag for his play throughout the weekend. Because of his ability to stay active, he was able to produce offensive opportunities for himself, which led to him keeping his team in close games.

DeMarcus Francis, 2018 CF, Lake Charles Stars (LA): At 6'1", Francis is definitely undersized to be playing the 3/4 positions but he used his good shooting and long arms to make a positive impact for his squad throughout the weekend. He showed he was more than capable of stepping out and knocking the three point shot down, as well as drawing fouls near them rim and finishing through contact. 

Thomas Vidaurri, 2018 SF/PF, San Antonio Gators (TX): The 6'2" combination forward made a living on the glass in Houston, snatching up rebounds at a furious rate on both ends. Because of his thirst on the glass, he made a living on putback opportunities as well for his team throughout the weekend.

Reggie Ephran, 2018 SG, Hustle Elite (TX): Ephran was a scoring machine during pool play on Saturday where he scored nearly 20 points multiple times. He has great size for a scoring guard at 6'3" and is a good three way scorer that doesn't have too many weaknesses on the offensive end. He can be a little sporadic at times, but once he sees the ball go into the basket a couple times, there isn't much the defense can do to stop him. 

Andrew Powell, 2018 G/F, Texas Inferno Red (TX): Powell was rebounding well, defending hard, and getting the ball to open teammates on a consistent basis. Standing around 6'4", he can score at all three levels but is definitely a point wing and was at his best when utilizing his court vision and sharing the ball.

Ronnie Chaney, 2019 CF, Texas Jazz Elite (TX): One of the best long-term prospects out of the entire tournament, Chaney projects as a low-major plus prospect. Standing nearly 6'7", he can put the ball in the basket at all three levels. He is a very good athlete and can guard multiple positions on defense with his length and agility. Chaney is a name to watch as it wouldn't be surprising to see him collect a few DI offers before this AAU season comes to a close. 

Matthew Okoh, 2018 SF, Texas Inferno Black (TX): Okoh was very impressive on Friday night against the FYN All-Stars as he was crashing the glass hard and earning plenty of second chance buckets and oppurtunities for his squad. He got to the line plenty of times throughout the weekend and was good at getting some of the opposing team's interior players in foul strouble. Okoh definitely has a good understanding of the game and will do whatever it takes to win. 

Tylan Jackson, 2018 PG, RL9 (TX): Jackson was one of the more polished lead guards we saw on the weekend.  He can flat out do it all. He scored on all three levels and made it look easy while doing so. Breaking down defenses off the dribble and creating for his teammates is what he does well.  If you leave him open from the 3-point line he will make you pay.  His overall play makes him one of the top prospects we saw on the weekend.

Basil Pollard, 2018 SG, Houston Nets (TX): Pollard is a deadly shooter from deep and can fill up the score sheet in a hurry. He has decent size at 6'1" and is very good at stopping on a dime and pulling up in transition which was a very tough cover for most of the defense's he went up against. He kept the defense on their toes with his balanced scoring from the inside and out, and was a good vocal leader for his team throughout the tournament.  


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