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Future150's Southwest Main Event Recap
by Frank Woodford, Future150 (11:41 AM CT, Sun April 14, 2013)
2017 PG Markus Howard had a nice showing last weekend.
2017 PG Markus Howard had a nice showing last weekend.
Frank Woodford
Frank Woodford:

Regional Analyst Covering SW & West Coast

Avondale, AZ (Future150) -- Future150 Basketball attended last weekend’s Southwest Showcase Main Event in Avondale, Arizona. The tournament brought some of the most talented teams and players from Arizona into one location for three days of great basketball.

The SWS Main Event was hosted by the American Sport Center complex as well as several local high schools. The tournament was directed by Ron Coleman and attended by some of the most prominent talent evaluators in the state.

The following players demonstrated consistent high level play throughout the tournament and deserved to be mentioned by Future150 Basketball!

Devin White2013 SG, Marcos De Niza High School

White is a strong 6’4” scoring guard that is built like a forward. The unsigned senior guard played huge for his team all weekend, culminating in an upset win over a very strong Arizona Power Basketball Academy team on Sunday. White is a lefty with consistent range out to the three-point line and a great mid-range game. The senior guard is too big for small guards to keep out of the lane, but agile enough to be a hard matchup for forwards. Defensively White has the versatility to defend perimeter players and small forwards.  

Markus Howard 2017 PG, Arizona College Prep Middle School

Howard is a lightning quick 8th grade point guard that competed at the 15U level all weekend against high school sophomores. The freshman to-be did more than hold his own against the older competition, many times throughout the games he was the best player on the floor. High basketball IQ, mature frame and quick first step make Howard a major prospect. Markus is currently ranked as the No. 27 player in Future150’s class of 2017 rankings.

Zylan Cheatham 2014 CF, Westwind Prep Academy

Cheatham is one of the best players on the West Coast, and he played like it this past weekend. Playing point guard, the 6’8” junior led his team to an undefeated tournament and was named the MVP of the SWS Main Event 17U division. Cheatham is a high major athlete that is just beginning to scratch the surface of his potential. Free throw shooting was an issue this weekend and his shooting in general has always been in biggest question mark, but the versatility Cheatham brings to the court is hard to match. The do-it-all forward rebounds, blocks shots, plays point guard and anything else his coach asks of him. Cheatham is currently ranked No. 58 in Future150’s class of 2014 national rankings.

Jake Toolson2014 SF, Highland High School

On a team loaded with college talent, Toolson was the most consistent player for Arizona Power Basketball Academy this weekend. A powerful 6’5” forward with a smooth jump shot and deep range, Jake was a matchup problem for every team he played. Defensively, Toolson played great. He has a solid motor and is a competitor. Toolson is committed to BYU.  

Famoun Miller2015 SF, Central High School

When 6’7” Famoun Miller is focused and wants to be the best player on the court, he often is. This weekend the rising sophomore forward played outstanding. A solid athlete with a strong build, Miller was relentless on defense and rebounding. Miller is quick and agile enough to be a difficult guard for bigger/slower power forwards, but much too strong for most small forwards. Offensively the sophomore is still raw; but he is fantastic running the floor and can score against smaller players. The forward must develop a more consistent jump shot and better range if he wants to maximize his potential.

Kenzo Nudo 2015 SG, Chaparral High School

Aside from a zero point outing in his team’s championship bracket loss on Sunday, Nudo was outstanding this past weekend. The shooting guard is a deceptive athlete with solid size for the position at 6’3”. Nudo is the best shooter in the sophomore class in Arizona, but what sets him apart from his peers is his all-around ability. He can put the ball on the floor and attack off the dribble; he is strong and can finish through contact. Deadly from the catch and shoot, Nudo is a very promising player that should have a break out junior season at Chaparral High School next year.

Andre Adams2014 PF, Westview High School

Adams had an inconsistent weekend, but the talent and ability are clearly visible. At 6’9” with a strong build, Andre is physically dominating on the court. The power forward has good mechanics on his jump shot, but does not have the range necessary for his defenders to play him honest. Adams had some trouble finding position to score. Most of his points came from offensive rebounds or from ball penetration by his teammates. Defensively, the rising junior forward was intimidating in the paint; Adams blocked shots and grabbed rebounds at a very high rate. Adams is currently No. 68 in Future150’s 2014 national rankings. 

Others that played well:

Casey Benson2014 PG, Corona Del Sol High School

TK Edogi - 2013 F, Westwind Prep Academy

Sherron Wilson - 2014 SF, Clark High School (NV)

Connor MacDougall - 2014 PF, Corona Del Sol High School

Tate de Laveaga 2014 PG, Westwind Prep Academy

Marvin Bagley 2018 SF, Cee Middle School

JJ Rhymes2016 SG, Shadow Mountain High School


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