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Team Rise Takes Home 17U Championship
by Jason Pratt, Future150 (5:17 PM CT, Fri May 17, 2019)
Team Rise takes home the 17U Championship in Dallas.
Team Rise takes home the 17U Championship in Dallas.
Jason Pratt
Jason Pratt:

Future150 Senior Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

Dallas, TX (Future150) -- The 2019 Future150 Tournament Series was on the road again this past weekend, and the fifth stop was Dallas, TX. The Dallas Battleground Event has been one of Future150’s top stops in its series due to all of the talent in the Dallas area. The 17U Boys division featured unknown young players from all over the South. Team Rise won the championship 64-52 over the Woodland Warriors in a 17U division with many talented players.

Let's take a look at some of the feature players in the 17U division below:

Joey Boyd - 2020, SF of Team Rise is a long, athletic player who can score the ball at a high rate from anywhere on the floor. He gives 110% on both ends every play. He's a true leader for his team, leading by example such as diving for loose balls or communicating on defense. He has great length which allows him to finish over defenders on one end, while contesting shots on the other. Boyd can score on all three levels, but does most of his damage getting in the paint. He crashes the boards well and helps his team secure possessions or get second opportunities offensively. He was a key player in Team Rise's championship weekend.

Donald Anderson - 2020, PG of Team Rise is a floor general who dicates the pace of the game. He has great poise, directs his teammates to their spots on the floor, and has a strong handle to go along with his explosiveness. He plays great off the bounce, is effective out of the triple threat, and is dangerous with his court vision. Anderson can get anywhere on the court with the ball and scores in a variety of ways. He was a strong leader for this championship team this weekend.

Martel Flint - 2020, SG of the Woodland Warriors is a high energy guard that picks up defensively the full length of the court. He applies pressure, turning the offense continuously, and making ball handlers want to give up the ball to a teammate. Flint has extremely quick hands and feet, allowing him to be a great defender, and his teammates feed off his energy. On the offensive end, Flint is a dangerous three point shooter who happens to be able to get to the rim as well with his strong handle. 

Tremaine Graves - 2020, SG of the Woodland Warriors is an aggressive guard with great length and athleticism. He can shoot the ball from anywhere on the court consistently as he's a shot maker. His athleticism is used very well to create scoring opportunities from all three levels. Graves also brings energy on the defensive end, applying pressure on the ball, as well as getting in help position to sneak up and get a steal.

Joshua Kirkland - 2021, SG of Nike EAD is a downhill attacker who loves getting to the rim. He has a strong handle which allows him to get inside the paint, and his athleticisim makes him great in transition as he loves to get out in the open court. Kirkland is an aggressive defender and crashes the boards hard on both ends. He also proved he can shoot the ball when open.

Kaje Lee - 2020, PG of the Amarillo Monstars is an athletic lead guard who can really finish at the basket. He is a floor general who makes plays for his team, but when they need a bucket, he has the handle and poise to go by his defender, absorb contact, and finish strong. Lee is a passionate player who wears his emotions on his sleeve. He's a high volume scorer and aggressive defender which go hand in hand. He featured 20+ point games including a 27 point performance this weekend.

Ajani Carter - 2021, CF of X-Elite is an athletic, long, and wiry player who plays hard on both ends of the floor. He doesn't take plays off, competes every possession, and is known for his shot blocking ability. Carter has a great feel for rebounding, reading the ball off the rim and going to get it. He was a near double-double every game in scoring and rebounds alongside his couple blocks a game. He is versatile and scores well in the paint.

Ezekiel Williams - 2020, PG of the BTA Bulls is a super quick, athletic guard who is strong and well built. He defends with high energy the length of the court, applies pressure on opposing guards, and makes them think twice about wanting to handle the ball in front of him. On the other end, he handles the ball well, is crafty, and scores very well around the rim. Williams sees the floor well, penetrates the paint, and is able to hit outside shots as well.

Jaylon Terry - 2020, PG of DFW Hornets is the floor general any old school coach would love. He's a pass first lead guard that sees the floor well and makes the right plays. Nothing too fancy, he handles the ball in a way that his teammates have full confidence that the ball is in the right hands, and Terry capitalizes by making everyone around him better. Terry is also a high energy defender and proved he can hit the open jumper when needed.

Caleb Arnold - 2020, PG of The Program is a shifty guard with a really smooth game. He's a lead guard who does exactly that, lead his team with great confidence. His court vision keeps the defense honest, and his quickness has the defense needing to help off so they are in a bind with what they need to do. Arnold gets around defenders easily and makes plays to his teammates primarily, but has the ability to score as well. He crashes the boards well from his position, especially on the offensive end to create second chance opportunities.

Arterio Morris - 2022, CG of FamLife who played up in the 17U division really proved as to why he could do just that. He is a long, athletic guard who can flat out score. He scored well from all over and defended at a high level. Morris has great length and athleticism to defend, score, block shots, and rebound. He's a well-rounded player who leads his team. He handles the ball well, can get to the rim, pull-up, and even knock down shots from outside. He's a downhill player who featured some 27 point games this weekend.

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