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Rafer Alston/FBA Wins 15U Gold Championship
by Jason Pratt, Future150 (5:40 PM CT, Fri June 8, 2018)
Rafer Alston/FBA takes home 15U Gold Championship
Rafer Alston/FBA takes home 15U Gold Championship
Jason Pratt
Jason Pratt:

Future150 Senior Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

Houston, TX (Future150) -- Future150 was back in Houston for a second time this year at its Houston Battleground tourney.  Talent from 3 different states showed up to compete looking to make their name on the national scene.

The Gold championship featured Rafer Alston/FBA and the New Orleans Stallions.  The game was a nail biter with both teams making runs and playing to almost an even score.  Down the stretch, PF Var'Keyes Gumms was just too much on the boards and scoring.  Rafer Alston/FBA won 82-77.

The Silver championship featured 2 teams from Texas who both took early losses in pool play but bounced back to make the championship game.  TBT Sports Disciples and Modern Basketball.  The game was tight in the begining but right after the second half started Modern Basketball pulled away and never looked back winning the game 58-39.

Let's take a look at the top performers from this past weekend.

Var'Keyes Gumms- SF 2021 (Rafer Alston/FBA) Gumms was one of the more impressive prospects we saw this past weekend.  He is a familiar face as he was a standout from our March Tourney.  Size, power, and athleticism give this prospect intangibles that were hard to match.  He impossed his will upon his opponents and willed his team to the gold championship.  You have to love his game due to he can do some many different things to affect the outcome. #Winner

Ramon Walker- SG 2021 (Shadow Creek Shooting Stars) Walker proved all weekend that he can score in bunches when called upon. Long, athletic and skilled make him a tough guard. He had a nice and one dunk over his defender this weekend. He uses both hands to finish at the rim and has a quick first step for his size. Easily a potential D2-D1 prospect.

Zach Bernue- PG 2021 (Modern Basketball) Bernue was on fire from the three! He made six 3’s and ended with 28 points in pool play. He has very impressive footwork from behind the arc as he used the pump fake and side dribble to get off his shot. His attacking style of play helps him draws fouls and score from the free throw line. Fundamentals shot maker and a high basketball IQ are all things that stand out in his game.

Dashon Carter- CG 2021 (Katy Prime Time Players) Carter might have been one of the more gifted shoorters we saw on the weekend.  He had multiple games where he made more thand 4 threes in a game. In pool play, he knocked down 7 threes and had 4 assists in a big win.  He moves well with out the ball and knows how to find his spots when filling the lane.  Solid overall performance on the weekend.

Jaylen Wysinger - PG 2021 (Rafer Alston) Wysinger was making plays all over the court which made him fun to watch. He is very fundamentally sound and played very focused the entire game. Being a smaller guard, he did not stop his aggressive style of play when attacking the basket. Court vision in both and full courts make him very dangerous when he has the ball in his hand.

Brock Luechtefeld- C 2021 (Modern Basketball), Luechtefeld is really fun to watch due to his high skill level. He can score on all three levels and showed nice footwork when the ball is in his hands. Craftiness with the ball, basketball IQ and making the right decisions are all things he does when he gets the ball in the paint.  His motor around the basket makes him a touch box out when going for rebounds.

Michael Nelson- SG 2021 (TBT Sports Disciples) Nelson has a nice game from the wing position.  Fast break points, rebounds and knocking down the mid range jumper are things that can break his opponents will.  Once he gets down the hill on you he has the body to absorb contact while finishing.  At one point in pool play, he made 3 consecutive baskets to give his team the lead.

Jaquan Yates- PG 2021 (SBG) Yates is a floor general who is tough as nails, quick and really shifty with the ball in his hands.  His downhill attacking style of play makes him a tough guard on both the fast break and in the half court. He scored 29 points and had 5 assists in his first win of the tournament.  Coaches love watching players who play like this prospect does.

Lawerence Dupree- PG 2021 (Team Kemistry) Dupree is an elite scorer from the lead guard position.  He can score on all three levels and make it look easy while doing it.  He had 35 points and 4 assists in his first game in the tournament.  Averaging 23 points for the tournament make him one of the better scoring prospects we saw this past weekend.

Jamond Vincent- SF 2021 (New Orleans Stallions) Vincent was probably the best prospect we saw in the division.  He is bouncy, active and a high flyer.  On the fast break, he had several high flying dunks and wowed the crowd.  Scoring on all three levels, an elite rebounder and a freak athlete are all things that stand out when you watch him play.  He averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds on the weekend taking home MVP honors.

Logan Maksimowicz- PG 2021 (Hyperfuse) Maksimowicz is a heady player who has a high basketball IQ and plays the game the right way.  He plays hard on both ends, especially when guarding the ball. Moving without the ball, making the right pass and knocking down open shots made him a threat to his opponents this weekend.

Mojeed Oyedemi- PF 2021 (Express Sports) Oyedemi is a force in the paint on both the offensive and defensive glass.  He made a living on offensive rebounds and putbacks.  He has the footwork and quickness to guard multiple positions when on defense.  Post passing, playing with his back to the basket and making free throws all stood out this weekend.

Jacobi Moore- SF 2021 (Gulf Coast Heat) Moore is very active when guarding the ball and on the glass. He uses his length to protect the rim and snatch defensive rebounds. He can use either hand when finishing around the rim.  One thing that stood out was his ability to finish through contact and get to the free throw line where he is a good shooter.  His high motor, mid-range jumper, and athleticism are all things you think about when you watch him play.

Zachary McCombs- SG 2021 (Swag Elite) McCombs is a big-time shooter.  He did most of his damage from beyond the arc. He knocked down 7 three's in a pool play game while leading his team to the win and ending with 25 points and 5 rebounds.  Defense, shot maker and playing with a high basketball IQ all make him an outstanding player.

Jaiden Briscoe- PG 2021 (Houston Defenders) Briscoe is a really good lead guard who knows how to run a team.  He can score from all three levels and plays good on-ball defense.  Quickness, speed and ball handling all allow him to get anywhere on the floor he chooses.  When he changes speeds and creates for his teammates, that is where he is most effective.

Chavez Brown- PF 2021 (SELA Warriors) Brown is a player that every coach wants on his team due to he is very productive when on the floor. He scored most of his points in the paint and ran the floor well on the fast break.  As his shot continues to develop, look for him to stretch his range to 15 feet.  Defense, Offensive rebounding, and a high motor are all things that make him an effective player.

Ernesto Flores- PG 2022 (Houston Warriors) Flores is a Future150 alum who we love to watch play.  Since we saw him last he has added a three-point jumper to his game that he makes on a regular basis.  But the thing that gets you excited about his game is the fact that he never gives up on a play and has one of the highest motors we have seen this summer.  As he gets stronger and grows some look for his game to go to the next level.

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