Tough, Athletic, and Full of Talent

North Rowan has been a power house of talent lately. Two years ago they made it to the 2A NCHSAA State Finals, last year they made it to the 2A NCHSAA Final Four. One thing is for certain with any North Rowan team, they will all be tough as nail, they will all be highly athletic, and they will be filled with talented players.

This year’s team absolutely fits that mold. They are pit bull like scrappy, long and explosively athletic, and return the bulk of last year’s offensive output.

This year’s team will be led by 6’ returning point guard Jalen Sanders. Sanders is heartbeat of what the team does, it is his leadership, toughness, and his ability to put team mates in the right positions. When you couple that with the fact that the reigning Rowan County Player of the Year averaged 18 points and 4 assists per game, you got a prospect. This style of play has Sanders picking up offers from Western Carolina and Georgia Southern

Just back from a hand injury that 6’5” rising Senior Josh Handy suffered hitting his hand on the backboard, blocking a shot. Handy was North Rowan’s second leading scorer last year at a 14.4 per game clip. Handy is along and extremely athletic, lengthy wing that is at his best getting downhill and shows the ability to knock down the 18 foot pull up jump shot. Lots of upside to like here.

6’5” rising Junior Henderson Lentz may be the player most ready for a breakout year. The lefty wing averaged 9.5 points per game last season. The sharp shooter has scorched through AAU at the Phenom Hoops events. In the David Rose Memorial Day Classic, Lentz gathered the 16U MVP award after torching the nets for 8 threes en route to 28 points.

There is a lot of talent at North Rowan High School, it should be a fun year. Make sure to catch them at the Phenom Summer Jam on June 20. It could be the first game for a memorable year.

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