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Posted On: 05/18/18 1:33 PM
Hayden Overby of Thompson High will be at the ECI Preview this weekend at the ECI event playing with the North Dakota Attack and today we familiarize ourselves with the 6-foot-5 forward.
Thompson won 19 games this season with Overby and fellow junior Cadyn Schwabe leading the way.
“I felt that we had a successful high school basketball season just coming up short of a state tournament appearance,” Hayden said. “I think my court vision improved which allowed me to use different finishes at the rim or make a pass to an open teammate.
The Attack has played in three events so far and has played well winning eight of their 14 games.
“Our year as a first-year program has gone great so far and has been a lot of fun,” Overby said.
“Many people would assume that we would lack team chemistry since we are a new squad, but that hasn’t been the case. I really couldn’t have asked for a better group of guys to be playing alongside.”
With solid wins picked up in St. Cloud, Sioux Falls, and the Twin Cities the Attack has had some good moments and they want to continue that going forward.
“Our ultimate goal is to win as many games as possible, but aside from that I think everyone is trying to improve as individual players while playing against top notch competition,” Hayden said.
In competing against a high level of opponents Hayden hopes that the experiences playing against other top Midwest teams helps him push his game to an even higher level.
“I would like to get a step quicker on defense during the off season so I am able to help defend more perimeter players if needed,” Overby said. “I would also like to improve my ball handling skills when breaking presses and driving to the hoop.”
Schools of a couple different sports are starting to make contact with Hayden about the future. “Fortunately, I have been in contact with different college coaches. I’m still undecided on what sport I would like to play, but I’m keeping an open mind.”