As the high school basketball season gets into full swing following Thanksgiving, some premiere talent from across the Carolinas, Virginia and Maryland will be in the Port City during the holiday weekend for Laney High School’s Hoop Feast, presented by BIG SHOTS.
BIG SHOTS is one of the nation’s premier exposure companies, providing athletes the opportunity to play in front of national recruiting services and hundreds of college coaches. The organization has teamed up with Laney Coach Nathan Faulk on a number of events over the last few years, including the annual Fred Lynch Invitational and BIG SHOTS Wilmington, N.C. Top 100 Showcase, which was held in October.
Some of the best teams from around the region are scheduled to tip off Nov. 27-28 inside the newly renovated Michael Jordan Gymnasium at Laney High School. A total of 40 Division I college prospects will take the floor for the two-day event, featuring a handful of local schools, including Laney, Wilmington Christian Academy and West Brunswick.
Legacy Charter School (Greenville, South Carolina), Quality Education Academy (Winston-Salem) and St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Maryland) lead the out of town schools expected to take center stage during the showcase.
Six-foot, eight-inch power forwards Koran Moore and Tairik Johnson of St. Frances are a pair of standouts receiving Division I offers, along with point guard Daquan Bracey, a 2016 graduate with offers from Marquette, Georgetown, Dayton, Towson, UMass, Kansas State and Richmond.
Nicholas Claxton of Legacy Charter is a Class of 2017 recruit, with 12 different offers as the 6-foot, 10-inch forward has looks from Arizona, Baylor, Texas Tech, Clemson, Florida State, Georgetown, Georgia, Wake Forest, Maryland, Temple and USC.
Jahnathan Maxwell of Genesis Academy (Virginia) also has offers from a handful of mid-majors, including UNCW.
Over 3,100 teams and 30,000 players participated in BIG SHOTS 2015, with over 1,000 college coaches attending events across the country last year, according to BIG SHOTS Vice President and National Recruiting Director Kevin Schneider.
Laney Hoop Feast tips off at 10 a.m. each day, with games going on through 7 p.m. on Saturday night. Click here for the complete schedule.