November 13th Update
When you get nearly 25 a game as a junior with 5/3/2 to go with it, and a first team all state honor, you have eyes on you. That is Hayden Sadowsky.
Hettinger/Scranton has high expectations and with good reason.
“I am very excited about the team,” Hayden said. “We have all our main guys back from last year plus we added two big guys which is exactly what we needed.
“I am very excited about the team. We have all our main guys back from last year plus we added two big guys which is exactly what we needed.”
To have the season they want what does the team need to do?
“We need to just keep working hard and keep getting better every day. If we do that I think we will go very far.”
Hayden will play college basketball as well and a couple local two year schools have been calling in addition to South Dakota School of Mines, Minot State, Jamestown, Mayville State, Dickinson State University, Luther, St. Olaf, and Bethel who have been in contact for some time.
“I’m in the process of figuring out visits right now,” Hayden said. “Williston State and Bismarck State are two new ones talking to me now as well.”
Hayden Sadowsky is a preseason candidate for Class B Player of the Year considering he was the only Class B first teamer that returns to school this fall. After putting up monster numbers as a junior this is no surprise Hayden also has a strong campaign with the North Dakota Phenom this spring/summer.
After a really rough start the Phenom turned things around and become a .500 team after a start to the spring when the Phenom were playing with limited numbers. The year was turned around nicely.
“The season went great but fast,” Hayden explained. “As a team I think we got better every tournament which has been great.
“Just being able to play good competition and knowing we are a good team has been a standout for this summer. And knowing we can compete with the teams we play against was big for us.
“Also just getting our whole team to a tournament was a top moment (Hayden said with a laugh).”
Sadowsky is a six foot combo guard that came into his off-season with a gameplan for improvement.
“My focus has been to improve my defense and ball handling and prove that I can play as an undersized player,” Hayden explained.
“Being able to get that extra experience is good nd being surrounded with other good players and learning how to play with them has helped.”
Hayden is a high character, high academic, accomplished basketball player and that is something that has several schools hoping to bring Hayden to campus.
“I’m hearing from South Dakota School of Mines, Minot State, Jamestown, Mayville State, Dickinson State University, Luther, St. Olaf, and Bethel,” Hayden listed.
The options are likely to be there, but first Sadowsky wants to lead Hettinger-Scranton to a memorable 2015-16 season.
April 29th Update
Hayden Sadowsky averaged 24.5 points, five rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.5 steals a game this season for Hettinger/Scranton. He was an all state first team player in Class B and now he is a main player on the North Dakota Phenom roster.
The Phenom have had seven days of games thus far in three events but only two of those days have they even had a bench to use because of prom and spring sports. One of those days was quite special as the Phenom won two games this past Sunday with two late game shots.
“We only had five guys our first two tournaments so we have struggled a little bit,” Hayden said. “We had are full team in Sioux Falls for the first time and did a little better. It was the first time we have all played together.”
They did well and one of the top scorers was the six foot guard who knocked down treys all weekend.
Hayden is playing this off-season not only because he loves to compete at the highest level but he’s also working on his “D=defense and under pressure ball-handling” he said.
Another reason he is competing is so colleges can get a look at his game.
“Minot State, St. Olaf, and South Dakota School of Mines are showing interest,” Hayden said. “School of Mines has just talked to my coach though.”
Hayden is the only junior on the first team all state so we are talking about a preseason Class B Player of the Year leader.