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by Ramin Mazaheri, Future150 (11:39 AM CT, Thu April 18, 2019)
Houston Rebels Elite take home 13U Title.
Houston Rebels Elite take home 13U Title.
Ramin Mazaheri:

Regional Recruiting Analyst. Covering high and middle school basketball.

Houston, TX (Future150) -- The 2019 Future150 Tournament Series was on the road again this past weekend, and the third stop was Houston, TX. The Houston Main Event has been on of Future150’s top stops in its series due to all of the talent in the area. The 13U Boys division featured unknown young players from all over the South. The Houston Rebels and the Katy Raptors Sanchez had a back and forth battle only for the Rebels to come out on top 49-41.

Let's take a look at top performers from the weekend throughout the division below.

Marlon Simon - 2024, SF/PF of the Houston Rebels was a long, athletic, and versatile player all weekend. He used his length to get to the rim, crash the boards for putbacks, and slashed to the rim. His knack for blocking shots or altering shots was great for the Rebels. He’s a rim to rim runner, which is great since his and the team’s length created a lot of open court opportunities.

Jabarius Thompson - 2024, CG of the Houston Rebels is an extremely talented guard who handles the ball very well, gets to the spots on the floor, and makes plays. He can shoot from outside, but gets to the rim very efficiently. Strong-bodied, he’s able to absorb contact and finish. Very active defensively as he and his team force a lot of turnovers in how they play.

Ellis Perryman - 2024, SG of the Houston Rebels is another long, athletic guard who gets to the rim efficiently. Has deep shooting ability, creates for teammates, and plays defense. This young man is one of the many who stood out in the Rebels program throughout the weekend. Defensively, Perryman was shooting the gaps to force turnovers and creating transition opportunities.

Johan Cardenas - 2024, SF/PF of the Katy Raptors Sanchez was a monster across the court all weekend. This 7th grader can get above the rim at times, but his relentless energy on both ends of the floor had him averaging a double-double, featuring 22 ppg and 12 rpg. There were games where he had to carry his team back from deficit to come out on top, but this strong-bodied, versatile post was a rim to rim runner. He took the ball coast to coast, crashed the boards, and got to the rim with his surprisingly strong handle.

Chase Johnsey - 2024, PG of the Katy Raptors Sanchez is a strong guard who gets in the paint at will. He has a strong in and out dribble which allows him to get by defenders very quickly. Johnsey has great court vision as he was setting up teammates all weekend long, including his twin brother for open threes off the cross court pass. Chase (Johnsey) shot the cover off the ball himself, and was great at pushing the ball in transition. He played 110% on both ends of the floor every game.

Kevin Range - 2024, PG of the Katy Raptors Sanchez is a floor general who controlled the tempo of the game for the Raptors. His relentless defensive intensity created a lot of open court opportunities for his team. Range handled the ball very well all weekend and showed off his outside shooting ability. He knows how to get to the kill spots on the floor and put his teammates in great position to score. 

Colton Collins - 2024, PG of the Katy Raptors Milroe was a shifty, smooth guard all weekend with his Pistol Pete type game. His dazzling moves kept defenders going side-to-side not knowing what to do. Collins shot the ball very well from beyond the arc, averaging 4 made threes a game. His quick handle was quite impressive, but he’s a calm floor general who dictates the tempo of the game.

Tobin Triplett - 2024, PG of RL9 Thomas is a smooth, crafty floor general who can score at will. He handles the ball left and right equally well, creating opportunities for his teammates. He was a strong finisher all weekend at the rim with his left and right hand. Triplett also showed off his outside shooting ability throughout the weekend, and his ability to defend other point guards/shooting guards.

Josh Areola - 2024, CG of RL9 Oz Black was a strong player in the 13U division all weekend as this versatile, athletic guard got down the floor efficiently handling the ball. Nothing too fancy, Areola would hit a quick hesi and get to the rim each game. He slashed to the basket when he didn’t have the ball, and also crashed the boards relentlessly. Areola was a great finisher at the rim with his left and right hand, forcing defenders to play him straight up. His length helped him defend on all three levels against great competition.

Jaquan Brandon - 2024, PG of Ballers Basketball was a quick, shifty, scoring point guard all weekend long. He used his tight handle and quickness to get to the rim for tough finishes through contact. Brandon showed his ability to shoot from deep and also create opportunities for teammates. Throughout the weekend, he showcased some 20 point games. Brandon was also one of the better defenders throughout the weekend applying pressure on opposing point guards.

Joshua Woods - 2024, SG of Texas Inferno Red is a key player for his team. Woods handles the ball well enough to be a primary ball handler for the Texas Inferno. His lanky frame helped get deflections and create some open court opportunities. Woods of course showed the best part of his game by sprinting down the floor ready to shoot, and shot from deep throughout the weekend.

Atreal Nolden - 2024, PG of RL9 Oz White was a floor general for his team all weekend, orchestrating his teammates to the right spots. He handled the ball well, showed his passing ability, and hit shots when needed. Nolden created some open court opportunities with his on-ball pressure and finishing on the other end. 

Lamont Jennings - 2024, CG, of Katy Shooting Stars is a stat-filling machine who plays 110% on both ends of the floor. Jennings showed his first step explosiveness which got him to the rim non-stop. He is a downhill driver that plays unselfishly, passing it off to open teammates. One of his best games this weekend featured 13 points, 7 assists, and 8 steals.


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