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LA Rockets Take Home 16U Championship
by Jason Pratt, Future150 (3:18 PM CT, Tue June 12, 2018)
LA Rockets take home the 16U Title at Houston Battleground
LA Rockets take home the 16U Title at Houston Battleground
Jason Pratt
Jason Pratt:

Future150 Senior Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

Houston, AL (Future150) -- Future150 was back in Houston again for a 2nd time at the Houston Battleground.  The tournament featured teams from 4 different states and a ton of young talented prospects.  

The championship game featured two teams very familiar to Future150 in the LA Rockets and the SC Shooting Stars.  The game was very tight early and had a few big swings with several lead changes over the course of the first half.  As the game went on the Rockets PG Isaiah Payne started to take over the game with his dribble drive scoring.  The LA Rockets went on to win the game 71-60 and take home the title for the second straight year with this group of players.

Tournament MVP: PG Isaiah Payne (LA Rockets)

All-Tournament Team:

SG Ramon Walker (SC Shooting Stars)
SG Brett Casas (Houston Tigers)
SF Derrick Tezeno (LA Rockets)
SG Noah Lattin (Express Sportz)

Ramon Walker- SG 2021 (Shadow Creek Shooting Stars) Walker had a huge weekend scoring the rock.  He can score on all three levels and loves shooting the three ball.  The long-range bomb was where he did a ton of damage on the weekend where he averaged 17 points per game in the tournament.  You have to love watching him play due to he plays with such joy for the game.

Isaiah Payne- PG 2020 (LA Rockets) Payne is a super explosive lead guard with all kinds of change of pace in his game.  He has an elite first step and elite ball handling skils that allow him to break down his defender with ease.  Getting to the rim in the half and full courts was where he did most of his damage when scoring.  If you leave him open he proved he can make the long range shot as well. This Louisiana prospect is a no brainer D1 point guard who is about to burst on the scene in July.  He takes home MVP honors for the tournament.

Noah Lattin- SG 2020 (Express Sportz) Lattin is a wing player who loves to score the basketball.  When the ball is in his hands he looks really comfortable and has a good feel for the game.  He can score in bunches if you leave him open and that was never more prevelant than in the 2nd pool play game where he scored a team high 29 points in a touch loss.  #Upside 

Khaliq Mateen- 2020 PG (Cy-Fair Bulls) Mateen was a beast in the paint all tournament long. He can put the ball on the deck and makes plays not on for himself but his teammates as well.  He has a good first step off the bounce and tremendous court vision in both the full and half courts.  #PlayMaker

Brett Casas- 2020 SG (Houston Tigers) Casas has a big weekend scoring the rock.  He was scoring from all over the court and had 26 points in a pool play game.  He can put it on the floor, catch and shoot and loves getting to the free throw line as well.  This efficient scorer is one of the better scoring guards we saw in the 16U division.

Jaylon Wilson- 2020 PG (Texas Inferno) Wilson has good size at the lead guard position. When attacking the rim his body allows him to take contact and finish at the rim. His overall quickness, burst and slashing abilities are what stood out the most when you watch him play.  Being a leader, coachable and playing with effort are things you like in his game. 

Jalen Menzies- 2020 SG (Swag Elite) Menzies likes to do most of his scoring in transition. With his team play up-temp temp style of play it creates easy opportunities for him to get to the rim. Playmaker, scorer and team leader are three things that stand out in his game when he's on or off the court.

Holdin Diaz- 2020 SG (New Orleans Stallions) Diaz is very a consistent player who makes his team go. He can defend and play multiple positions. He scored 20 points and 4 assists in their 2nd pool play game.  Solid all-around wing player who scored from all three levels and very efficient when the ball is in his hands.

Takura Machaka- 2020 SG (Texas Inferno) Machaka had a big nice overall tournament scoring on all three levels. He averaged 15 points and 2.5 assists in the tournament.  Getting out on the fast break and attacking his defender is what he does best.  He showed the ability to be a secondary ball handler, make plays and solid on-ball defense. #TrueWarrior

Derrick Tezeno- 2021 SF (LA Rockets) Tezeno was one of the best prospects in the tournament. He is long, athletic and can score in bunches. This wing player was playing both inside and out. When on the wing he showed the ability to make shots and in the post we could finish at rim level.  His high motor, tenacious competitive nature and will to win is something you just don't see everyday. #D1Prospect #Natlrankings

Boston Graves- 2020 SG (Rafer Alston Elite/FBA) Gaves is a fundamental player who can make shots consistently in both the long and mid-range.  He’s a glue guy and plays hard on both ends. As he goes so does his team.  You don't often find a player that everyone feeds off when he has the ball.  This is your guy.  Coaches love having him on their team due to know exactly what you get every game.

Jvaun Briscoe- 2020 PG of (MoTaylor) Briscoe was in attack mode the entire weekend. This lead guar made all the right plays and finished strong at the rim. Although his team lost today he controlled the game on both ends and gave his team a chance to win.  His high motor, leadership and overall court vision are what stood out the most when you watch him play.



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