"I can shoot with my left hand, I can shoot with my right hand, I'm amphibious." - Charles Shackleford

Those legendary #HoopState words were spoken by the late, great Charles Shackleford (RIP) after one of his games at NC State back in the 80's. Shackleford was a 6'10" native of Kinston, NC (my home town) where he started his NBA journey.

Kinston is home to famous actress Jaime Pressly, #2 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft Brandon Ingram, current Vanderbilt Head Coach and retired NBA vet Jerry Stackhouse, Reggie Bullock (UNC/NBA), Cedric "Cornbread" Maxwell (retired NBA) and Tony Dawson (retired NBA).


Father of Andrew Wiggins (NBA), Mitchell Wiggins, yup - he's from Kinston. I mean technically he's from Lenior County or whatever but let's not be unnecessary about it.. you know?

Jamie Pressly might seem like an odd way to start that list but she is from Kinston, and I can't stress this enough, that collection of hoopers could NOT carry the thumbnail for this blog... deal with it.

Charles Shackleford's life was certainly a roller coaster but in my one experience, he was a perfect gentleman. I met Charles shortly after I graduated high school, shooting alone inside Kinston's MOC gym. He was in his 40s at the time (I believe) and he was still an absolute bucket but he's from Kinston, so I'd expect nothing less.

Rest in peace, you were an inspiration to many.

So this is it? This is the start of the blog? lol


Much like Charles Shackleford, we here at the Hoop State can go right; making videos, crushing social media and broadcasting unique live streams.

Or we can go left; podcasts, blogs, interviews and you know... everything.



Now for the real reason we are here. The Hoop State Network is excited to announce a team of people across the state of North Carolina to keep you, our people, entertained. Why come to the blog? Because our people will take everything you need to know about a situation and provide you the best content available on the internet. If you want to be a part of what we're doing, email me webb@thehoopstate.com with a sample blog why you want to join the crew.

Subscribe to keep track of the journey. Let's get it.

ps my first blog and I just taught you about Charles Shackleford... and Kinston... and that we're blogging now.. boom, nailed it.

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