High Five: Knights senior joins the chosen group
Posted on Friday, March 17th, 2023 at 8:56 am
Even though he doesn’t have a chainmail hanging in his garage, Hayden Bowen is a K-12 knight through and through.thousand variety
Bowen and basketball teammate Levi Van Staalduinen are the only two seniors left from a class that started 13 years ago. After not playing much the first two years, Bowen joined the 1,000-point club late in his senior year. He is also a member of the Beta Club and a member of the school’s leadership team.
- What do you think about scoring 1000 career points?
Hayden: If you asked me at 8thousand class if it happened i would say it is not happening. The first two years we had a lot of older guys and our team was really good, so I hardly saw the floor. I started my sophomore year and things were going well, but I decided I wanted to really work hard to do my best in my last two years. Reaching the 1000 level made it all worth it.
- What have you done to improve?
Hayden: I always liked basketball, but I spent a lot more time in the gym working on my shooting. I did a lot of shooting at Athletic Edge and Fitness Unlimited in Washington, some at school and a lot in my backyard. My three-point shooting has gotten a lot better and the last two seasons have been a lot more fun.
- Describe your approach as you approach 1000 points.
Hayden: I’ve always tried to use my talent to help our team. My role changed every year as the older players left, so I had to score to help us win. I basically hit 1000 in two years so I knew it was coming. It happened during the first quarter of our conference tournament game against Albemarle at Northeast Academy. I had 14 points in the quarter and I think 1,000 came on the clock. I finished with 36 and we won, so that was pretty cool.
- What are your plans after graduation?
Hayden: I’ve been accepted to East Carolina, but I’m waiting to hear from North Carolina. I would like to go there for mechanical engineering. I have always enjoyed being creative and designing things. I love the design process, but I’m not sure what career path I’ll choose. I need to get in, then finish here, and everything else will fall into place.
- Are you rooting for the Wolfpack in the men’s basketball tournament?
Hayden: Yes. Me, my dad and my older brother are NC St. fans, but my mom and middle brother are UNC fans. It’s been a tough year for them, but maybe State can pull off the upset and win it all.