Iowa Boys Basketball POY: Spencer Haldeman

Iowa Boys Basketball POY: Spencer Haldeman

Gatorade State Player of the Year

Iowa Boys Basketball POY: Spencer Haldeman


THE WINNER: Spencer Haldeman


School: Western Dubuque (Epworth, Iowa)
Grade: Senior
Position: Point guard
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 175 pounds

Athletic achievement: He averaged 24.3 and six rebounds per game while shooting 54 percent from inside the arc this past season, leading the Bobcats (19-4) to the Class 4A sub-state semifinals. A two-time First Team All-State selection, Haldeman also posted regular-season averages of 5.1 assists and 2.2 steals per game and led all of Class 4A with 119 total assists.

Academic excellence: Haldeman has maintained a 3.52 GPA.

Exemplary character: A member of the Future Business Leaders of America, he has volunteered locally on behalf of an assisted living home, a food bank and as a youth golf and basketball instructor.


“I have coached 46 years and have had many First Team All-State players and Spencer Haldeman is the best I have ever had the privilege to coach,” said Western Dubuque head coach Dennis Geraghty. “As a point guard, he is by far the best passer I have seen in high school.”

THE FUTURE: Haldeman has signed with Northern Iowa.


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