Posted On: 10/28/18 11:25 PM

The state’s best lefty 2020 point guard?

Whites Creek starting guard Chad Haywood is in that discussion. 

In 2019 two left-handed leaders will play Division I.  If you call K.J. Johnson (Marshall County) a point guard, then he is the best point guard (#15 overall player).  Grace Christian point guard C.J. Gettelfinger also deserves mention.  Johnson is verbally committed to Lipscomb while Gettelfinger verbally committed to Oakland University over a year ago.

At #32 overall the best Class of 2020 lefty PG prospect is currently Dominic Wynn (Ensworth) and Chad Haywood follows shortly thereafter at #59.

Entering his junior season Chad Haywood possesses all of the athletic qualifications a coach could want from a lead guard.  

Haywood is lightning quick with a tight handle.  His court awareness is strong.  Consistently Haywood attacks the paint.  His natural glide and change of speeds keeps defenders rocking uneasily; they are unable to predict his direction or speed.

Whites Creek point guard Dennis Stallings signed with Alabama A&M.  Can Chad Haywood follow Stallings’ lead and sign a Division I National Letter of Intent?

“Carson-Newman coach is coming to see me for a scholarship,” shared Haywood last week via Twitter.  

Carson-Newman Head Coach Chuck Benson currently dresses six Tennesseans: Mason Bates (Cookeville), Kellen King (Brentwood), Grant Teichmann (Brentwood), Blake Ervin (Heritage), Nick Rogers (Farragut), Brendan Coleman (David Crockett).

Carson-Newman University, a Division II college in Jefferson City, Tennessee will send Assistant Coach Shane Williams to middle Tennessee.  Chad Haywood is one player Coach Williams would like to evaluate in-person. 

Coach Williams can expect to see a shifty, elusive point guard with lane bravery.  Haywood’s game sprinkles in that untamed streetball energy with structured team concepts. 

At 6-foot-0 Haywood needs to lean on his explosive vertical bounce to get shots up over the rim when true bigs come hunting.  Despite significant inner turmoil last season Whites Creek advanced to the Class AA state quarterfinals.  Without departed senior Dennis Stallings Jr. another deep postseason run requires the brilliance of Chad Haywood to commence.