Birmingham, AL (Future150) -- Despite finishing the weekend with six players, the Alabama Bravehearts left Birmingham on Sunday afternoon with the 13U Championship crown. They defeated the Birmingham Ice 55-36 to close out an undefeated weekend.
Here are some kids that caught our eye in the 13U division in Birmingham…
Kevin Miles, 2019 SF, Birmingham Ice: Miles was one of the more intriguing prospects in the 13U age group. Right now, he has loads of potential and upside, but he also did a nice job of producing. The 5-foot-11 forward has nice size and a body that looks like it will transfer great as he gets older. He did most of his damage getting to the rim, but he also showed he could hit some mid-range shots.
R.J. Harrington, 2019 PG, Birmingham Ice: It’s hard to believe this kid is just a 7th grader based on how he plays the game. Despite being small, Harrington is a prototypical pass-first point guard. He has great vision and understands how to control the game. He is very smart on the court as a leader, and he also showed great composure in pressure situations.
Christian Bridgewater, 2019 SF, Hoover Elite: Bridgewater made a statement with his talent each game out. The southpaw does a great job of slashing to the goal, as well as living at the free throw line. He scored in double-digits over the course of the weekend with his high motor.
Jaemyn Brakefield, 2019 C, Mississippi Steel: This is a name to keep an eye on heading into the future. At 6-foot-4, Brakefield has length and potential. His offensive game is still coming along, but he blocks shots and rebounds well. He also does a great job of running the floor, where he got some easy lay-ups in transition. He will need to add more strength, but Brakefield is a kid that will play at the next level.
Keon Randall, 2019 PF, Alabama Bravehearts: Randall was another young prospect that used his size and strength to over-power players. At 6-foot-3 and 160-pounds, Randall was hard to handle inside. He used his athletic ability to finish around the goal, and he also was an efficient rebounder.
Javaun Lazard, 2019 SG, Louisiana Rockets: Lazard was one of the more defensive-minded guards that showcased his talents. The 6-foot wing is very active on defense and causes problems for opposing players. He plays hard at all times and did what was needed for his team to win. His offense still needs some work, but with his size and athleticism, he looks to be a promising prospect in the future.
Chris Mayweather, 2019 PF, Birmingham Ice: Mayweather has a junkyard dog mentality. The 5-foot-9 power forward is ahead of most kids athletically at his age, and he used that athleticism to his advantage. He was constantly rebounding out of his area and causing havoc on defense. On both ends of the floor, he helped the Ice make it to the championship game on Sunday.
Isaiah Payne, 2020 PG, Louisiana Rockets: One of the most scrappy players in this division was Payne. The 5-foot-3 point guard was very active and played hard at all times. He spent most of his time diving on the floor for loose balls and showing his love for the game. On offense, he does a nice job of handling the ball and being a point guard. He has nice quickness and can get into the lane.
Aaron Smith, 2020 PF, Alabama Bravehearts: Smith is a massive 6th grader at 6-foot-3 and 230-pounds, and he made the most of his size. He did a great job of patrolling the paint, as he blocked shots and protected the rim. He uses his size to his advantage and is a tough matchup for other players his age.
Kameron Woods, 2020 SG, Alabama Blue Chips: Woods proved to be one of the most dangerous shooters of the tournament. The 5-foot guard is a high volume shooter and when he is hot, he is hard to stop. At one point during a game, he connected on four straight three-pointers. He has great rhythm and knows how to score the ball.