We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embodies being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the basketball court, and today’s edition will take a closer look at Charlie Hester of United Faith Christian Academy and the Charlotte Royals.

We’ve seen Hester a lot over these past two weekends, but let’s take a look back at how far he’s come since the start of last season, where we stated, “Charlie Hester is going to provide steady and reliable perimeter shooting for coach Josh Coley. Hester has outstanding range, touch and the ability to score from all three levels. He’s extremely smart, high IQ and fundamentally sound player that will play within the structure of the game.”

In many ways, Hester is the natural glue-guy for this Royals squad. He consistently finds a way to impact the game in various ways and doesn’t necessarily require a ton of offensive touches to make his presence felt. Hester possesses great size, especially for his position, and shows a willingness to make the hustle plays on both ends of the floor. He attacks the basket, defends with purpose, rebounds his position, knocks down perimeter shots, and simply makes plays when needed most. There’s not much to dislike about his approach or skillset, which would make him a fairly useful piece for various college programs. Hester’s low-maintenance role and ability to maintain his identity with any collection of teammates should make him a coveted asset over the next calendar year.