High School hoops tournament brings in big names

High School hoops tournament brings in big names

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by DIANNE GALLAGHER / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 7:34 PM

CHARLOTTE,  N.C. --The top high school players in the nation are in town for the Charlotte Hoops Challenge.

Even Bobcats owner and basketball legend Michael Jordan stopped by to catch his nephew, Justin Jordan on the court for Davidson Day High School.

The tournament, in its third year, attracted ranked boys and girls teams from five states, including the number one team in the nation, Huntington Prep out of West Virginia.

Huntington Prep boasts the number one recruit in the nation, Andrew Wiggins, as well as a handful of other top recruits.

Charlotte Hoops Challenge is the brainchild of two coaches from the former Waddell High School.

"We had these great players but they weren't being invited to national tournaments, so we figured, why not start one of our own," explained Christie Mitchell,"it just keeps growing.  Plus, it is definitely good exposure.  They are getting to play in front of dozens of college coaches."

Mitchell and partner, Oscar Walker, said the goal is to shine a spotlight on the talent in Charlotte.

All of the visiting teams get free hotel rooms and food thanks to donations from local businesses.

All of the proceeds go to Rachel's Challenge, an anti-bullying campaign in schools. 

The Charlotte Hoops Challenge starts back up Saturday at 12:30 at The Waddell Language Academy.

 

 

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