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Reece’s Standouts: Hoop State League (Finals: Day 1)

by: Ethan Reece 2024 AJ Parsley (Team Ville)Although the smallest guy on the court, AJ brings a gigantic presence with his scrappy nature that more than makes up for his size. He’s a crafty ball handler that will carry the majority of the decision-making for this group composed of young and older talent. What I noticed in his game that separated him from other scorers at the helm, was the...

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Reece’s Standouts: Phenom Challenge (Day 1)

by: Ethan Reece 2025 Brennan Oldham (Rising Pros)Brennan caught my eye early and impressed all game with his natural athleticism. The big and long forward really displayed a true two-way game starting with his defensive prowess around the basket and finishing through contact on the other end. He’s going to keep growing and getting coordinated with his body but he already possesses a good...

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Players to Watch in the NCHSAA State Championships: Hayesville v. Chatham Charter

6’7 ’22 Jake McTaggart (Hayesville) Although he’s committed to Charlotte for football, Hayesville’s playoff run should definitely remind folks about McTaggart’s notable basketball ability. At a strong, fluid, physical 6-foot-7, he’s a matchup problem (especially in 1A) and among the top multisport athletes in the state. He’s tough and plays hard, which allows him to regularly control the...

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