What Is the Prep Hoops Circuit?
10 years ago, the grassroots basketball event scene was wide open. Whether you were the director of a fully sponsored program or had just scratched together a team in your local community, you had the ability to sign up for and play in any tournament in America.In 2010, with the conception of the Nike EYBL, the landscape effectively changed overnight. Adidas followed by producing The Gauntlet and Under Armour created The Association. The goal of these circuits was to build platforms that attracted the top 1% of players, who would eventually attend the nation’s top universities and a select few who would become the future of the NBA.
While shoe leagues offered a small group of programs and prospects an avenue to maximize their visibility and recruitment, hundreds of thousands of others were left to fend for themselves by assembling viable independent schedules for their players to be recognized by colleges, media, and scouting services.
In the years to follow, as our presence as the nation’s preeminent college scouting service and event operator continued to grow, we began to see a consistent theme building. Independent programs were intently looking for a national platform to call their own.
In 2019, Prep Hoops introduced the Prep Hoops Circuit, the largest independent league in grassroots basketball. The concept was simple: provide programs an opportunity to compete against the best teams in the country, while providing a flexible, cost effective schedule with conveniently located events.
What sets the Prep Hoops Circuit apart from any other platform, shoe or independent, is that Prep Hoops acts as the subject matter expert for coverage and content in 35 states across the country. This allows us not only to intimately cover the programs that participate in our events, but also to secure premier venues and effectively schedule events that fit into the event calendar in each individual market. By offering flexible qualifying events in order to secure a position in the Region Finals, teams have the ability to truly make this circuit fit no matter what your schedule is.
In 2021, we will provide 44 total events for over 5,000 teams across five regions: Hustle (West), Grind (Southwest), Hard Work (Upper Midwest), Grit (Heartland), Passion (Southeast).
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have not received an invite from the Prep Hoops Events Team, you will need to apply for acceptance into the Prep Hoops Circuit. You can click here to apply today: Application
Each game played in a qualifying event counts towards your Power Score. For more information on how this score is calculated, click here: Power Score
No. Each Prep Hoops Circuit team is required to attend three qualifying events in their region. You can select any three events that fit into your schedule. Once you have completed your second qualifying event, you are immediately eligible for the Finals event in your region.
You can find a full list of qualifying events here: Schedule
You are more than welcome to do that! Although you will miss out on the benefits of the Prep Hoops Circuit, which includes premium pricing, apparel packages, and exclusive media coverage.
Grind Region: TX, OK, AR, MO, KS, CO, WY
Grit Region: OH, IN, MI, WV, PA, KY, IL, TN
Hustle Region: CA, NV, AZ, UT, ID, OR, WA, MT, NM, CO
Hard Work Region: MN, ND, SD, NE, IA, WI
Passion Region: FL, GA, AL, MS, LA, NC, SC, TN, VA
Canadian Teams are allowed to participate pending an application. Click here to apply: Application