"We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it." - Kobe Bryant

I take immense pride in being from North Carolina, Wilson County born and bred more specifically. Basketball was my first true love. I remember every March they’d roll the TV’s in our classroom (I know, I’m showing my age here 😂) and we’d watch the ACC Tournament. Who could forget the crazy run Randolph Childress went on? My middle school team even had the multi-colored mouthpieces like Jeff McInnis wore at UNC. My dream was to play in the ACC Tournament when I got older.

So here’s the thing about dreams, they don’t always come true lol. It wasn’t in the cards for me to play ACC basketball. I didn’t even attend a ACC school (shoutout to FSU !! BRONCOOO PRIDE 💙) But what I became a part of is something bigger than I could’ve ever imagined.

When my brother Webb Wellman coined the phrase “Hoop State” back in 2012, it initially was catchy to me so I bought into it. Over time it really grew into a way of life. Being a part of the #HoopState embodies toughness. There’s no quit or backing down from anyone. We don’t feel like we’re the best state for basketball in America, we KNOW it! Look at the imprint we’ve made on every level of basketball. NBA Superstars, All-Stars, guys that win yearly awards. Trickles all the way down to the high school level where we have multiple high level college prospects scattered all across the state. Oh and don’t sleep on our ladies either. Two of the top ten girl's basketball players in the country reside right here in the #HoopState. Shoutout to Saniya Rivers & Teonni Key. Keep going ladies. 💪🏾

When you love the game of basketball like I do you try to find a way to stay around and give back to the game you love. That’s why being a part of the #HoopState is so special to me. I’ve been blessed to not only do what I love but it’s also allowed me to be a blessing to others. That’s what being in the #HoopState is all about. Spreading love and positivity all over. Stay tuned, we're rolling.✌🏾 ❤️


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