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Team Williams Takes Home 14U Gold Championship
by Ramin Mazaheri, Future150 (7:39 PM CT, Thu May 9, 2019)
Team WIlliams takes home the 14U Gold Championship
Team WIlliams takes home the 14U Gold Championship
Ramin Mazaheri:

Regional Recruiting Analyst. Covering high and middle school basketball.

Birmingham, AL (Future150) -- The 2019 Future150 Tournament Series was home this past weekend for it's fourth tournament of the 2019 season in Hoover, AL at the Hoover Finley Center which featured 11 courts under one roof. The Birmingham Main Event has been one of Future150’s top tournaments in its series due to all of the talent in the Southeast.

The 14U age group featured a Gold bracket and Silver bracket. The Gold bracket was won by Team Williams who won a close, high scoring game, 80-73 over Da House. The Silver bracket featured another back and forth game between the Alabama Dream and the Gulf Coast Heat. The Dream came out on top 51-48.

Let's take a look at some feature players throughout the 14U division below:

LaBrandon Butler- 2023, PG of Team Williams was a beast all weekend long.  His physical play on both ends of the floor kept his team in the game at all times.  Down hill attacker, crafty finisher and team leader are things that stand out when you watch him play.  He lead his team to the championship while averaging 15 points, 6 steals and 5 assists on the weekend.  He takes home MVP Honors.

Clayton Thompson - 2023, SF of Team Williams showed a nice all around game throughout the weekend. He was very active, applied pressure defensively, crashed the boards, and showed he can score the ball. Thompson attacked the rim hard, was a strong finisher in the paint, and had a ton of second chance opportunities go in his favor. He helped lead his team to a Gold bracket championship.

MJ Smith - 2023, PF of Da House is an absolute monster on the glass. At 6'6, he is long, super athletic, and played well above the rim as he featured some of the top dunks of the weekend. Smith dominated the paint, sprint the floor rim-to-rim, blocked shots on the defensive end, and was a key player to a successful weekend for Da House which fell short in the Gold bracket championship game.

Chase Jackson - 2023, PG of Alabama Dream is a small, but giant-sized mindset type guard. He wasn't afraid of anything all weekend as he persistently attacked the rim with finishes high off the glass over taller defenders. Jackson is a right handed shooter who attacked downhill going left and finishing with his left with great touch. He showed off his ability score on all three levels, play intense defense, and lead his team to a Silver bracket championship win.

Brandon Benoit - 2023, SG of Gulf Coast Heat was an impressive player throughout the weekend as he led his team to become runner-ups in the Silver bracket. Benoit is strong-bodied, attacks the rim, gets teammates involved, and can shoot from deep consistently well. He was very active on both ends of the floor as he defends with high energy on one end, and moves well without the ball on the other.

Caleb Simmons - 2023, SG of Memphis Truth is an automatic bucket. He featured some high scoring games including a 32 point game against Brothers of Basketball from New Orleans. Simmons got to the rim with ease this weekend finishing just to name one of many ways he was scoring. He is a crafty guard which makes the game easy for him, finishes through contact, and is phenomenal from the free-throw line. Simmons also can shoot from deep as he averaged multiple made threes per contest.

Tyson Sexton - 2023, SG of Carver Elite had multiple top player performances throughout the weekend with his ability to score the ball which goes along with his above average athleticism. He has great size and length, causing turnovers on one end, while being a match up problem on the other. He is a strong finisher through contact, can shoot the ball from outside, and gets second chance points off others' misses.

Collin Holman - 2023, PF of Tuscaloosa Onyx is a long, athletic, and versatile big man who remains active on both ends. He does all the little things right such as sprint the floor, box out, and communicate on defense. He has good touch around the basket, slashes to the basket, and gets second chance points. He plays with a high motor. Holman is just a glue guy for his team and really helps them in every area of the game.

James Swindell II- 2023 CG of Da House is a all around player who can do it all on both ends.  He can score on all three levels, rebound the ball with his size and proved he can make open jumpers.  This familiar face to the Future150 staff had done nothing but get better since we saw him last at the Elite24 Camp.

Jake Sampson - 2023, SG of Auburn Raptors is a lanky guard who can shoot the cover off the ball. He has a Mike Miller type game, always spacing out, hands ready to shoot, and is knock down everytime the ball is kicked out to him. He runs well off screens and is quick to get his shot up. Sampson also uses his length to be effective on the defensive end and has great court awareness. He plays with a level of confidence that is infectious. He'll be one of the better shooters in the state when it is all said and done.

Alexzaye Johnson - 2023, CG of Brothers of Basketball is a very athletic guard who explodes on the offensive end to high scoring outputs. He can shoot the cover off the ball, having averaged multiple threes per contest and attacked the rim fearlessly. He is a downhill attacker with a special ability to get to the free throw line with his shifty ball-handling ability. 

Cooper Davidson - 2023, SG of SSBA is a strong guard who can play the 1, 2, and 3 positions. He has the ability to create plays for himself and teammates with his high basketball IQ. Davidson can shoot very well from outside, slashes to the basket, and even puts the ball on the floor to get to the kill spots. He has quick feet and active hands to be an effective defender which are examples of how hard he plays every possession.


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