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Young Stars Gators Take Home 12U Championship
by Ramin Mazaheri, Future150 (11:01 AM CT, Fri May 10, 2019)
The Young Stars Gators take home 12U Title at Future150 MEB
The Young Stars Gators take home 12U Title at Future150 MEB
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 Young Stars Gators came out as champions this past weekend for the 12U division with an exciting 40-29 win against a strong Iron City Huskies team. Both teams were back and forth as they brought a lot of energy with their scrappy defensive styles of play. 

Let's take a look at key players throughout the division below:

Cameron Ruffin - 2025, SG of the Young Stars showed off his high basketball IQ throughout the weekend. He has a quick first move which made him a lethal scorer as he attacked downhill. Ruffin showed off his ability to shoot from outside as opposing teams would face-guard him quite quickly in the game. His long arms helped him force a lot of turnovers as he's a high energy defensive player, and in the end, it paid off with a championship win.

Jeffrey Duncan - 2025, CG of the Young Stars was a quick, athletic guard who was apart of that scrappy defensive team which won the championship. Duncan is a downhill guard who finishes well at the rim, handles the ball like a point guard, and makes good decisions with the ball. 

Antonio Garfield - 2025, PG of the Young Stars is  floor general who makes great decisions with the ball. He brings a shifty handle to the game accompanied by great court vision. Garfield was a key component to helping the Young Stars with the 12U championship with his IQ, defensive energy, and poise as a ball handler. 

Justin Nelson - 2025, PG of the Iron City Huskies is a strong-bodied guard who has the ability to take over the game as he can score from all three levels. Nelson had 22 points in the semifinal game which the Huskies won 63-12 before advancing to the championship against the Young Stars Gators. He is a downhill attacker, pushes the ball in transition to get to the rim, and has a great handle to create separation. Nelson also showed off his shooting ability from outside as the lefty knocked down a few treys per game this weekend. They fell short in the championship game, but overall had a great weekend.

Sam Harris - 2025, PG of the Iron City Huskies is a long, lanky, and quick guard with a great handle. He was a floor general on both ends of the floor, distributing to open teammates and defending with intensity to help his team force turnovers. Harris was all over the floor defensively, but on offense was showing his ability to score at the rim and from outside. He has great form on his shot and is going to be a solid player as he grows up. Harris and the Huskies fell short in the championship game, but this was obviously one of the better teams in the division.

Trey Ward - 2025, PG of HCBC was a leader for his team all weekend, controlling the tempo and keeping his poise through tough situations. He has a nice handle, is shifty with the ball, and has good size at the point guard position. Ward can get to the basket as he's a stronger guard, has a nice floater in the middle of the paint, and sees the floor very well. His team fell short in the semifinals, but Ward and his team compete every possession which you gotta love.

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