Larry Hughes II wins MVP

Larry Hughes II (CBC High School) is starting to put it all together. We last saw him at our Larry Hughes Elite Camp in August, and it was clear then that he’s starting to figure out how to be an elite player. His dad played 13-years in the NBA, so the advanced insights Larry II receives is helping take his game to the next level.

Larry II is a 6’4″ wing that can score it. He’s incredibly gifted at knowing how to get to his spots to score — this is some of that advanced insight. He used this on his way to 20 points on 7-10 shooting from the field, including 4-7 from 3-point in CBC’s opening round win at the National Hoopfest in Memphis.

Jordan Pickett 2023 to track

The 6’3 guard is having a good start to the high school season for Belleville East. Pickett displays a total game– scoring from all three levels and just has a knack for scoring the ball. His defensive game has improved and is continuing to build on a strong summer. He played with the SW Illinois Jets in the RecruitLook Hoops League and is younger brother of Jordan Pickett, Mizzou basketball guard.

Freshmen Phenoms emerge in St. Louis

The first half of the St. Louis Metro Area High School basketball season has been full of excitement. We take a quick look at 2 freshman hoopers that are making a statement at the varsity level.

6’4″ Jayden Nicholson from Hazelwood Central
6’5″ Macaleab Rich from East St. Louis 

Both hoopers are skilled, athletic and have college bodies already. 

Jayden is a smooth 2/3 type that likes to attack the basketball and lure defenders out on the perimeter where he can break them down or hit from deep. He’s not afraid to challenge at the rim on either end.

We thought Macaleab would be more of a role player to Lashawn Johnson and Armond Williams, but Macaleab has stepped up huge this year for the Flyers. He led his team in points and rebounds in their latest win over Normandy. Macaleab his strong and bouncy — he finishes so well at the rim as he has superb body control as he attacks. 

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These 2 could be the next two studs to come from the St. Louis area.