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Mississippi Kings Win #MainEventATL 17U Title
by Zachary Lyon, Future150 (11:00 AM CT, Thu April 12, 2018)
Miss Kings take home the title at Future150 Main Event ATL.
Miss Kings take home the title at Future150 Main Event ATL.
Zachary Lyon
Zachary Lyon:

Future150 Regional Analyst. Covering high and middle school basketball: NC, SC & VA

Atlanta, GA (Future150) -- The Mississippi Kings (MS) capped off a very impressive weekend by defeating a tough Memphis Royals team in the 17U title game. Jariyon Wilkens and Roshaun Jones led the way for the Kings during bracket play. Their versatility on both ends of the floor and ability to knock down contested jump shots is what proved the difference down the stretch. 

Future150 Main Event Atlanta All Tournament Team: 

Dionte Anding (MVP), Memphis Royals (TN)
Jariyon Wilkens, Mississippi Kings (MS)

Latrell MarshallRock Nation Impact (SC)
Justin Day, Georgia Phenoms (GA)
Robert DuBose, NWGA Select (GA)

Future150 Main Event Atlanta Honor Roll List: 

Damari Johnson, 2018 PG, Georgia United (GA): Johnson's speed and agility is what stood out to the Future150 staff from the get-go. Blowing by the defense on the perimeter on a consistent basis allowed him to get plenty of his points from the free throw line and getting his opponents frustrated and into foul trouble. We loved his IQ and vocalness on the defensive end as well. 

Dionte Anding, 2019 SG, Memphis Royals (TN): As always, Anding was one of the most exciting players to watch in the entire event. A flashy, electric scoring guard, his biggest performance came during his team's first pool play game on Sunday when he dropped 36 points and dished out 8 assists in a overtime game that helped his team advance. He's a killer on both ends, and there's no other way to put it. DII schools need to be on Anding ASAP!

Jariyon Wilkens, 2019 G/F, Mississippi Kings (MS): Wilkens stands at 6'5" and made sure he used that size and length to his advantage against smaller opposing wing guards. He was impressive on both ends of the floor and crashed the boards hard. His outside jumper is deadly if you don't get a hand in his face, and his finishing abilities in transition helps him to finish through contact on a consistent basis. 

Justin Day, 2019 PG, Georgia Phenoms (GA): Day was the main factor behind most of his team's success throughout the event. Standing around 6'1" he has good size and strength for a point guard. He was terrific at creating space and getting shots for himself, and showcased his fantastic finishing abiities and court vision in transition. Day should certainly be considered a strong DII/NAIA prospect. 

Latrell Marshall, 2019 CF, Rock Nation Impact (SC): Marshall may have been the best rebounder in the 17U division despite giving up one to three inches against many of the guys who were guarding him. He has some serious bounce in his step and played with energy and passion no matter what the scoreboard looked like. We really like Marshall as a potential DII/NAIA stud at this point. If he can add a few more inches to his 6'5" frame, he will only become harder to plan against. 

Robert DuBose, 2020 SF, NWGA Select (GA): Playing up an age group, DuBose was one of the most intriguing prospects to watch during the weekend. Standing at a legit 6'7", he played more of the four and five spots for his team. His ball-handling skills and ability to knock down the jumper from 16-feet and in, makes it look like he will translate into more of a wing as he continues to put on weight and get stronger. 

Maliek Sadler, 2019 SF, Georgia Phenoms (GA): Sadler came to play when it mattered most, playing his best ball during bracket play games on Sunday. Even though he didn't lead his team in scoring very often, he still got plenty of points up on the board, but most importantly he locked his man up and never got out-hustled or out-worked. 

Roshaun Jones, 2019 G/F, Mississippi Kings (MS): Even though Jones only stands 6'3", he was a key defensive piece for the Kings being able to guard the one, two, three, and even four positions at times when he was on the floor. Offensively he showcased a nice mid-range jumper, and ability to get to the lane from the perimeter on a consistent basis due to his strength and athleticism. 

Jorden Flowers, 2019 G/F, Memphis Royals (TN): A ridiculous athlete, Flowers is a slash-first wing guard, that also showed an improved jumper. He took pride in shutting down his man on the defensive end, and always wanted the ball in his hands down the stretch if it was a close game and his team needed a clutch bucket. Flowers never shys away from competition, and plays as hard as anyone you'll ever see. 

Rut Flowers, 2019 PG, Georgia Gymrats (GA): Flowers is a scrappy floor general with ridiciulous speed in the open court. His bread and butter was getting out in transition and beating the defense to the rim for easy buckets. Flowers is definitely the type of guy you'd like to have on your team because of his contagious energy and aggressive style of play on both ends of the floor. 

Cadavius Gary, 2019 CF, A-1 Elite (SC): Gary has steadily improved since last year's Main Event Atlanta Event. Now he seems to be much more comfortable playing on the perimeter, and has established a solid jump shot in his offensive arsenal. His wide frame makes him look like a high level football respect, but don't be fooled, Gary is very nimble on his feet and knows how to handle the ball for a guy his size. 

Nate Reid, 2019 SF, Atlanta Select Black (GA): Reid attended Future150's National All-American Camp two years ago as a rising sophomore and was impressive with his understanding of the game and his rebounding abilities. Now as we get another glimpse at him, he has grown another inch or so and now stands around 6'5". His ball-handling abilties have improved along with his vocalness and leadership capabilities. 


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