CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One of the top high school basketball tournaments in the country plays right here in Charlotte during winter break.
The Hoodie’s House High School Hoops Classic, formerly the Bojangles’ Shootout, kicked off bright and early Saturday morning with two top-ranked local girls’ teams.
Ardrey Kell and Davidson Day played the first game.
Boys’ teams from around the area like Northside Christian and Lake Norman joined teams from Florida, Georgia, Maryland and Tennessee for the three-day event.
The tournament features a four team National Girls tournament, a four team Local/Regional Boys tournament and an eight team National Boys tournament. In all, 16 teams will participate.
Former Carolina Panther Muhsin Muhammad was in the stands not just to watch his daughters, but as the new leader of a local, high-caliber AAU girls team, the NC Spartans.
He says he expects the same from his players as he does from his own kids.
“Hard work, dedication — on the hardwood, on the court, on the track, whatever they do. It’s all about balancing their lives and so far the kids are doing great. Off to great years so far, great high school, middle school, whatever they’re having,” he bragged.
Proceeds from the tournament benefit Hoodie’s House of Hope for Youth’s sports and enrichment programs for kids in our area.
The event runs through Monday at Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte.
The participants are as follows:
Providence Day School – Charlotte,NC
Northside Christian – Charlotte,NC
Northside Christian – Charlotte, NC
Victory Christian –Charlotte, NC
Ardrey Kell HS –Charlotte, NC (Boys and girls)
Lake Norman HS – Mooresville,NC
Davidson Day School –Davidson, NC
Concord HS – Concord, NC
Luella HS – Locust Grove, GA
John Carroll School – Bel Air, MD
Morgan County HS – Madison, GA
St. James School – Hagerstown, MD
Norcross HS –Norcross, GA
White Station HS – Memphis, TN
Dillard HS – Fort Lauderdale, FL