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April 11, 2014

Haynes Inks with JUCO

Few accomplished more than Randy Haynes did in his time in a Potomac Panthers uniform. The Class of 2014 talent helped lead the Panthers to an 86-18 record in his time there, capped with the school's first state title in 19 years as they simply dominated competition. In their 28-1 season, Potomac won 23 of those games by double-figures.

Now the multi-faceted 6-foot-4 Haynes moves on to the next level. He will be heading west to play for Coach James Miller at New Mexico Junior College, a program that has successfully mined the state of Virginia for recruits in recent years.

"We return all of our 4's and 5's who already have a high level of interest already, and to add Randy into the mix is huge for us because we don't have a lot of scoring back from last year's team. I feel like he's going to be a great fit with us the next two years. He's a quality kid, athletic and still has a lot of room to develop his game, but obviously we're real excited to have him join us," Miller told VirginiaPreps.com.

"I already think he's a good player, but can see him becoming a big-time player down the road. He's only scratched the surface in some areas of how good he can become. You don't come halfway across the country if you're not serious about your future, so I believe he'll have the right work ethic and hopefully like the rest of the Virginia guys we've had will be a guy that can blossom."

Twice named Player of the Year in the district or conference, Haynes led the State Champion Panthers in scoring at 17.5 points per game, giving him 491 points on the campaign. In addition to being selected All-Region First Team in 5A-North, he was named co-VHSCA State Player of the Year and All-State by VirginiaPreps.com, the VHSCA and VHSL.

In his senior season with the perennial contender from Dumfries, Haynes made 187-of-375 field goals (49.9%) and 92-of-146 at the foul line (63%). His impact was felt in other categories, too. He averaged 5.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 3.2 steals and 1.1 blocks per game.

"Randy's a lot more unselfish than people give him credit for. He's a kid that can go off for 30 on any given night, but he realized we had a 6-foot-10 kid down there in Trey Porter (George Mason signee), and willingly gave up the basketball," remarked Potomac Head Basketball Coach Keith Honore.

"He passes the ball extremely well. You put him on any other team and he averages 22-23 points per game easily. When it's all said and done, two years from now I wouldn't be surprised to see Randy in the ACC, Big East or Atlantic 10. He's got that type of potential and loves playing basketball."

Haynes becomes the fifth player from Virginia for the Thunderbirds, who finished 27-7 overall this past season. Others that have latched on in the past with the JUCO program include ex-Norcom guard Devin Patterson (now at Nebraska-Omaha), former Booker T. Washington standouts Desmond Lee (now at NC State), Lorelle 'Smoke' Waters, and Norview product Rashaun Madison.

"That Virginia area has been a goldmine for us and I love the kids out there," stated Miller. "Even though Randy is from a different area specifically than some of the other guys, I saw a lot of the same qualities in him that they possess."

Matthew Hatfield serves as State Basketball Analyst for VirginiaPreps.com, part of the Rivals.com Network. Check out Hatfield's Twitter page for more sports related updates, and you can also read his work in the Suffolk News Herald. To contact Matthew, please e-mail [email protected], and don't forget to listen to him every Saturday at 10AM on ESPN Radio 94.1, plus watch him on the Cox 11 Sports Report.

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