Queen City Hoops is ESPN’s True Hoop affiliate blog for the Charlotte Hornets. QCH will provide insightful, credible, and the most up-to-date news, analysis, and commentary on the Charlotte Hornets. We welcome any thoughts, discussions, and criticism of your favorite team, the Hornets.
Meet Our Team
Spencer Percy | Managing Editor
As a Statesville, NC native and graduate of Wingate University in 2010, I’ve forever been an avid Charlotte basketball fiend. Well, really just a basketball junkie in general. I started my career at Fork Union Military Academy, where I attended for two years and graduated from. At FUMA, I coached high school basketball for six wonderful years. I still reside in central Virginia, but have transitioned into athletic fundraising at the University of Richmond and had to walk away from coaching (for the time being).
Life is wild, crazy and unpredictable. It takes you in all kinds of different directions, so it’s important to have some constants. Writing about basketball, specifically the Hornets (RIP Bobcats), has been one of those constants for me and will hopefully remain to be for years to come.
In 2010, Queen City Hoops “Founder”, Brett Hainline, gave me the opportunity to come on-board with QCH and I have been here since. It’s been an awesome experience and I’m committed to helping QCH maximize its potential as the best Charlotte Hornets coverage on the internet.
If you’re interested in writing for Queen City Hoops then please contact me via email.
Richie Randall | Contributor
I was born in 1988, the year the Hornets played in their inaugural season. Growing up, I was immersed in Charlotte’s passion for their first major professional team. Naturally, I grew an interest for basketball at a young age and attended games at the Coliseum before I could remember. My love for the Hornets transferred over to the court and I began playing in 2nd grade. I was on organized basketball teams, of all levels, from second grade through my senior year in high-school. I knew that my playing days were over after high-school but watching and dissecting basketball would always be there.
I went on to earn my undergraduate degree in communication studies from UNC Wilmington in 2011. I am now teaching at an elementary school and have coached basketball from recreation leagues all the way up to AAU. I will always consider myself a student of the game.
Being a contributor for Queen City Hoops combines two of my favorite things, the Charlotte Hornets and basketball analysis.
Mark Buonocore | Contributor
I’ve been an NBA fan for years, born and raised in Seattle, Washington. I loved the Supersonics since I was little, and learned the game by watching guys like Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp. When the Sonics left I was teamless and disenfranchised with the NBA. After a two-year self-imposed ban I began my choice for a new team, and the Hornets found me. It was Kemba’s rookie year and even though the team was epically bad, I fell in love with the “underdogs.”
Now, I’m the old guy of the group. A 37 year-old husband and father of a 7 year-old girl who loves nothing more than an evening with my family watching Hornets basketball from 2000 miles away!
Duane Gregg | Contributor
I was born in Augusta, GA, but have lived in the Charlotte area since 2004. I attended Davidson College and was a 4-year starter at long-snapper for the Wildcats’ football team.
I’m a big Hornets fan and have fully embraced them as my NBA team to go along with my love of all things Davidson. My favorite NBA player is Steph Curry, for obvious reasons, but the only jersey I own is a retro Dell Curry one.
I work in Uptown Charlotte and live just outside of center city with my wonderful wife, Lizz, and our newborn daughter. Contributing to Queen City Hoops is a great opportunity to share my passion for the Hornets with others and perhaps make a few people think or smile in the process.
Reece Helms | Contributor