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Why Join the Prep Hoops Circuit?

Why Join the Prep Hoops Circuit?

What is the Prep Hoops Circuit? Why should you join?


Check out the sections below to learn about the Prep Hoops Circuit.

  • Purpose & Standards What's the mission of the Prep Hoops Circuit? Learn More
  • What Are You Looking For? Chances are: The Prep Hoops Circuit offers it. Learn More
  • Frequently Asked Questions How it works, How to Join, What to Expect and much more! Learn More

Purpose & Standards

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 2024, we will provide over 40 events for 5,000+ teams across four regions: Hustle (West), Grind (South), Hard Work (Upper Midwest), and Grit (Heartland).

Rankings Criteria

Our Criteria

  • Coverage from Scouts
  • Highlight Videos
  • Photos
  • Graphics
  • Top Venues
  • Top Competition
  • Discount Opportunities
  • Sponsored Gear
  • Cheap Hotels
  • Team Rankings for Scheduling
  • Pool Play and Bracket Opportunities

On the other hand, all of our scouts place slightly different levels of value on each of those categories. 

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Exposure Tips

Exposure Tips

Measure ANY metric, the Prep Hoops Circuit provides unparalleled coverage:

  • The Prep Hoops Circuit has a unique ability to cover more teams than anyone else, largely due to our dedicated network of 125+ scouts nationwide.
  • Disclaimer: Playing in Prep Hoops events does not guarantee you will be covered. Our scouts, however, are guaranteed to attend those events so it does increase your chances of being recognized, organically. Unlike other events where coverage is from outside operators, or only of the top teams, Prep Hoops events are staffed to the max with local hoops experts, nationwide
  • But what does this coverage really look like, you say? Easy. In 2023, Prep Hoops Scouts produced over 1,500 articles about the Prep Hoops circuit. Ask any other circuit their number of articles, and it won’t compare.
  • In the ever changing college basketball recruiting world, finding new ways for exposure is paramount. These articles, aren’t just on our site for parents and players only. In fact, over 500 college coaches subscribe to Prep Hoops, many of which consume our content on a daily basis.

Frequently asked questions

Who can participate in the Prep Hoops Circuit?

The Prep Hoops Circuit is truly INDEPENDENT. We are open to any program, regardless of circuit affiliation. We seek to bring together the best programs in each region in an efficient and effective format for recruiting. If you have not received an invite from the Prep Hoops Events Team, you can apply at

How are Prep Hoops Circuit schedules determined?

Each game played in a qualifying event counts towards your Power Score. For more information on how this score is calculated, visit

Do I have to attend all of the qualifying events?

No. Each Prep Hoops Circuit team is required to attend qualifying events in their region. Depending on the region, this requirement is one to three qualifying events. You can select any events that fit into your schedule. Once you have completed your qualifying events, you are immediately eligible for the Finals event in your region, and you also unlock exclusive discounts for our national championship. You can find a full list of qualifying events at

What if I just want to participate in individual tournaments?

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, sponsored apparel packages, and exclusive media coverage.

What are the Prep Hoops Circuit regions?

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 Don't see your state listed? We welcome all states and countries, and allow you to choose your region pending an application.

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