Hankerson Has Big Event; Holds Two Offers

The King of the Bluegrass, a holiday tournament held just before Christmas, was full of talent this year. Guys like Peyton Siva, Jon Hood, Aaron Cosby and Shawn Kemp were impressive, but it was Charles Hankerson that really caught our attention.

Peyton Siva was billed as the headliner of the King of the Bluegrass last week. Playing in his future college town, the 6-foot lead guard lived up to expectations and took home a tournament championship and MVP.

But the event also had a surprise performer. Enter Charles Hankerson, of Miami (Fla.) Coral Reef.

Over the course of his four games at the King of the Bluegrass, Hankerson scored 99 points, which is good enough for nearly 25 points per game. He led Coral Reef to a third place finish in the event with there only loss coming to eventual champion Seattle (Wash.) Franklin.

"It was a great tournament," Hankerson said. "There were a lot of great players and it was good for me because I got to play against guys like Peyton Siva going to Louisville and I saw Jon Hood."

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound wing has a strong frame, handles the ball very well and has a knack for finishing at the rim.

"I think I can do a lot better if I keep improving," he said. "I'm a hard worker and a leader. I always play 100-percent and I'm always doing what's best for our team."

Although he does have a pair of offers and is receiving interest from a number of schools, his recruitment on a national level appears to be just beginning.

Virginia Commonwealth and Auburn are his two offers, while schools like Miami, Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, Texas, USF and UCF have shown initial interest with phone calls and letters.

"It's still really early," the 2010 prospect said. "Last year at Nationals I did pretty good and that's where it started, but that's basically it."

Hankerson's only visit to date was to VCU to check in with Anthony Grant and his staff. The trip was a success and he came away with a favorable impression of the Rams

"I visited VCU and I loved it," Hankerson said. "The coaches are great. I just loved it and Auburn too. I haven't visited Auburn yet but I've talked to the coaches a lot."

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