Joel Haywood AKA King Handles
Attending Magee Secondary was an instant choice for the DLG grad. All his friends were going there and it was his home school. Immediately he made an impact on the basketball program there as he was the #1 player in the school at every grade. He received various player of the year awards and in grade 10 he tried out for the U16 team and made it to the Top 20 players in BC roster. Joey’s style of game was very different from what coaches wanted here in BC and therefore he got slept on A LOT. He was USA ready whereas other players were a lot slower and couldn’t take bumps.
In his senior year Joey gave off what was probably one of the best performances by a player ever. The team was the Kitsilano Blue Devils who were rated #1 in the province and were the previous year’s AAA Provincial Champions. Joey dropped 38 on the team, and although the Magee Lions lost, he gave some hope to the team. The Blue Devils had to switch who was guarding him at least 5 or 6 times because he was on fire. In that final year, the Lions didn’t make the provincials but they were also losing one of Magee’s finest players in basketball history.
Joey had a minor college stint at Langara College in Vancouver, BC. He wasn’t the starting guard and didn’t get much shine at all but made the most of it. He spent 1 term (4 months) playing for the Falcons before he decided it wasn’t for him to play ball here. He was actively recruited by both Capilano College and Langara whose team was supposed to be coached by Canadian National team player, Novell Thomas.
In 2000 at the Hoop-It-Up 3 on 3 Tournament by Science World in Vancouver, Joey was running with his boys Chris Paquet and Jermaine Foster. They were approached by two white dudes who wanted to do a film on streetball in Vancouver. That tape went onto being the much acclimated “The Notic” streetball tape, a mixtape that cause a revolution just as And 1 had released their first “And 1 Mixtape” several years before. Instantly Joey was named King Handles for his blazing quick crossovers and also his ability to control the ball automatically. Chris was giving the title Maestro and Jermaine became J-Fresh. Nobody realized the degree of effect The Notic tape had in the streetball community, it caused a wave of people to pick up their cameras and start freestyling to create a mediocre attempt at their own mixtape.
A few years later, The Notic 2 was released, totally revamped from its predecessor and most definitely featuring King Handles. Footage on this tape consisted of local runs, HIU games and two great high school accomplishments for Joey: playing in the BC All-Star game – note that he was the only player from Magee to play in this game – and playing in the first annual Basketball Jones (now HoopLife) Super Pages game which also featured BC’s top ballers. It was evident Joey had reason to be labelled a streetball as he dished out passes and made plays that had a resemblance to streetball God, Rafer “Skip to My Lou” Alston.
Over the past few years the story has been simple, he’s been around the states playing in games, has two SLAM appearances – note he is the ONLY Canadian streetballer who has been featured in SLAM: Kyle Wilson was featured in SLAM only as part of the Toronto grass roots program – and will be featured at various YPA events and the Streetball Revolution Tour. While he continues to have The Notic in his blood, YPA is where he is right now, nothing else could be sweeter for the man.
What the future holds, only time will tell. Joey would like to end up playing overseas in a year or two and if he can find a way to get a chance for the L, he’ll go for it. Playing with YPA is something that brings true happiness to him and he’ll forever be bound to them.