The high school grassroots basketball scene has changed substantially over the last decade. Going from primarily regional camps in the spring with a few national events scattered in, the AAU game has taken towards shoe sponsored leagues with meaningful games that are played all throughout the country. While the level of local rivalries isn’t quite what it used to be on the summer circuit, the change in culture has been the better and it was a matter of when, not if it was going to reach the middle school game. Rob Taylor established the NYBL a few years ago and the trend has continued with the MADE Hoops Basketball League.
Composed mostly of Nike EYBL teams, the league ran a number of events throughout the east coast, culminating with the MADE Hoops Championship Weekend in Greensboro, NC. The CP3 All-Stars took home the inaugural championship in their home state, boasting one of the more talented groups in the class of 2019. The team was led by consensus top-10 2019 Wendell Moore. Already approaching 6-foot-5, Moore is quite young for his age and while he is not a highlight guy, will blow you away with his crisp and efficient style of play. Kobe Langley has also received a lot of praise and lived up to his reputation, scoring the rock in a variety of ways. Marcus Watson surprised a lot of onlookers with his explosive athleticism (threw down a between the legs dunk in warmups) and high level of activity. Not just a three man show, Keyshaun Langley, Max Farthing, and Chris Hinton all made key contributions to help this ridiculously talented squad take home the title.
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