Men's Basketball Team

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Josh Haymer

Age: 19
Position: Point Guard
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 160 lbs
Hometown: Wichita Falls, Texas 
High School: Village Christian Academy
Personal: Haymer is one of the few players returning to the Trojans’ team  for his second and final year. Haymer was also named a team captain alongside fellow players Zach Boggs and CJ Miller. Haymer plans to major in Cybersecurity. In high school, he won two North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association 2A Basketball Championships in 2016 and 2017. His nickname is “Money.”

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Deshawn Leftwich

Age: 21
Position: Point Guard
Height: 6’3″ 
Weight: 165 lbs
Hometown: Fayetteville
High School: Trinity Christian
Personal: Leftwich was born and raised in Fayetteville. He’s been playing basketball since he was 5 years old. His nickname? “Day Day.”

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Gabriel Harbison

Age: 19
Position: Wing
Height: 6’3″ 
Weight: 185 lbs
Hometown: Fayetteville
High School: Terry Sanford
Personal: This is Harbison’s first year on the Trojan Men’s Team. He has been playing basketball since sixth grade. He believes there is always room to improve when it comes to basketball skills. He’s also known by the name “Smoove.” As a student-athlete, he’s studying business.

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Nick Kuhns

Age: 20
Position: Guard
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 185 lbs
Hometown: Garner
High School: Garner Magnet High School
Personal: This is Kuhns’ second and final year playing with the Men’s Basketball Team. He won a state championship while playing in high school and says that one of his great relatives has the most points scored in a high school game in North Carolina. Last year, Kuhns was recognized at the Second Annual Trojan Athletics Banquet for being a part of the All-Academic Team. He’s studying arts while at FTCC.

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Tyler Lloyd

Age: 20
Position: Point Guard / Shooting Guard
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 170 lbs
Hometown: Manassas, Virginia
High School: Osbourn
Personal: “Stretch,” as his friends call him, plans to study marine biology. His favorite basketball player is former Orlando Magic and Phoenix Suns player Penny Hardaway, known for his height – six feet and seven inches. Lloyd said one of his favorite hobbies is buying shoes.

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Vernon McWhite

Age: 19
Position: Forward
Height: 6’9″ 
Weight: 195 lbs
Hometown: Fayetteville
High School: South View
Personal: McWhite is the tallest player on this year’s team. He previously played basketball for the South View Tigers. He’s studying sports management, goes by the nickname “Vern,” and likes to listen to music.

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Stephon Lloyd

Age: 18
Position: Point Guard
Height: 6’1″ 
Weight: 175 lbs
Hometown: Lumberton
High School: Lumberton
Personal: Lloyd is studying arts while in his first year with the Trojan Men’s team. He enjoys hanging out with friends when he’s not playing basketball. He was involved in three sports in high school: track, basketball, and football.

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Johnny Hughes

Age: 20
Position: Power Forward
Height: 6’8″
Weight: 200 lbs
Hometown: Fayetteville
High School: Terry Sanford
Personal: Hughes is in his second year with the Trojan Men’s team and came on as a player Spring 2018. He shined as an athlete during his freshmen year. He was named “Outstanding Freshman” and became a part of the “All-American Team,” being recognized for both achievements at the previous Trojan Athletic Awards Banquet. The National Junior College Athletic Association also recognized Hughes as a “student-athlete” for maintaining a 3.6 GPA or higher during the 2017-18 year.

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DJ McDonald

Age: 19
Position: Power Forward
Height: 6’6″
Weight: 185 lbs
Hometown: Lumberton
High School: Lumberton
Personal: Similar to some of his teammates, this is McDonald’s second season with the Men’s Basketball Team. He has been playing basketball since he was 10 years old. He goes by the nickname “$lim.”

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Matthew Morgan

Age: 19
Position: Point Guard
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 185 lbs
Hometown: Bear Creek
High School: Chatham Central
Personal: Morgan comes from a small high school with a population of about 500 students. While on the basketball team, he helped lead his teammates to their first conference championship in 25 years. He was also named to the All-Conference Team earlier this year. Morgan is studying business.

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Zach Boggs

Age: 21
Position: Shooting Guard
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 190 lbs
Hometown: Sanford
High School: Cape Fear Christian
Personal: Boggs is in his second and final year with the Trojan Men. He returns after an injury kept him off the court in the latter part of last year’s season. One of his life quotes is from the Bible, Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Boggs is one of three team captains this year alongside returning players Josh Haymer and CJ Miller.

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Deion Stover

Age: 19
Position: Small Forward / Wing
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 180 lbs
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
High School: Colonial Heights
Personal: Stover is in his sophomore year with the Men’s Basketball Team. Stover credits his success with basketball so far by seeing everyone else, when he was younger, better at the sport than he was. He was also cut from the middle school team. He began taking basketball serious as a sport when he made the junior varsity team in ninth grade at Armstrong High School.

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Dajuan Hill

Age: 18
Position: Forward
Height: 6’6″
Weight: 200 lbs
Hometown: Augusta, Georgia
High School: Aquinas
Personal: Hill plans to study computer programming while at FTCC. Outside of school work, his hobbies include “chilling and vibing.”

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CJ Miller

Age: 21
Position: Small Forward
Height: 6’6″
Weight: 190 lbs
Hometown: Charlotte
High School: Rocky River
Personal: Miller says everything that he does is for his family and his hometown. He admits he puts cheese on almost all of his meals. He is also one of the team captains this year, alongside fellow and returning players Josh Haymer and Zach Boggs. Miller plans to study business and minor in psychology while in school. 

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Michael Collins

Age: 19
Position: Power Forward
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 230 lbs
Hometown: Raleigh
High School: Wake Christian
Personal: Collins goes by the nickname “Country.” He said his favorite song is “One Day” a collaboration with rappers Wallway Pack and Lil Baby. Collins’ favorite line? “Ruff Raleigh breed legends, I’m just following in line.”

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Shaquille Angel

Age: 18
Position: Shooting Guard
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 175
Hometown: Germany
High School: Cape Fear
Personal: This is Angel’s first year playing for the Trojan Men’s Basketball Team. He is studying database management and describes himself as a “very hard worker.”

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Miels Sutton

Age: 19
Position: Forward
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 210 lbs
Hometown: Havelock
High School: Havelock
Personal: Sutton began playing basketball when he was in sixth grade. He previously played for East Carolina University before transferring to FTCC. He talked about one of his purposes: “My goal in life is to leave an impact on as many people as possible and to inspire people to pursue their dreams no matter the obstacles.”

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Nasir Mack

Age: 20
Position: Guard
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 155 lbs
Hometown: Newark, New Jersey
High School: Newark Central
Personal: Mack is in his freshman year at FTCC and with the men’s basketball team. He is studying business. He goes by the nickname “Nas” and plans to transfer to four-year university or college after graduating.

Coaching Staff

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Coach

Brian Hurd

Coach Brian Hurd is in his third year overseeing the Trojan Men’s Basketball Team. He hails from Lee County and attended Central Carolina Community College. He was the associate head coach for men’s basketball at Central Carolina Community College for eight seasons where his duties included recruiting, player development, practice planning, and executing the day-to-day operations for the basketball program. 

Hurd takes pride in the relationships he has built with his student athletes, and he has helped several to further their academic and athletic careers under scholarships at various institutions. Hurd and his wife, Laura, have two children, Cadenze, 13, and Trey, 4.

910 678 1038
hurdb@faytechcc.edu

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Assistant Coach

Patrick Hair

Coach Hair was born and raised in Clinton, NC. He graduated from Lee Senior High School in Sanford NC and played at CCCC for 2 years. He has coached at Grace Christian High School in Sanford, NC before coming to join the coaching team at FTCC. He is in his third year coaching with the Trojan Men.

Coach Hair’s philosophy is to help his players become hardworking, productive, and goal oriented members of society. He believes that basketball gives players the opportunity to grow physically and spiritually every day. Hair’s coaching goals are to make student athletes become successful young men by working hard and giving their all every day, on and off the basketball court.

Hair also believes that successful coaching helps our student athletes reach their academic and athletic goals. Players learn that in order to be successful, they have to work hard, be disciplined, have an open mind, and to set obtainable goals each and every day. 

patrickhair@yahoo.com

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Assistant Coach

Jason Johnson

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Head Manager

Michael Crisp

Michael Crisp is in his first year with the Trojan Men as team manager. This is his second time working under Head Coach Brian Hurd. Crisp served as the men’s team manager at Central Carolina Community College under Hurd and Doug Connor. Crisp’s time with the sport goes back to high school where he was the men’s basketball team manager for three years under Coach Bill Boyette until 1994. Crisp also graduated in 2010 from CCCC with an associate’s degree in criminal justice, then working for more than six years as a detention officer for the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office. Crisp has a wife, Gretchen, and two stepchildren, Alan and Alex. 

Outside of basketball, he currently works for Harrington Industrial Plastics in Raleigh. Crisp said he looks forward to a “bright future” with FTCC.

Contact: michaelcrisp1975@gmail.com

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Team Chaplain

Larry Pittman

Dr. Larry Pittman has served as the chaplain for the Trojan Men’s Basketball Team since their inaugural season in 2016. He’s also served as a chaplain for other local high school football and basketball teams through the years. Pittman previously served as chaplain at Central Carolina Community College when Brian Hurd served as the head coach for the men’s basketball team prior to his time at FTCC.

Outside of sports, Pittman has been a full-time vocational pastor for 20 years. He has served as the pastor at Broadway Baptist Church for nine years. His favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6.

Contact: lpittman5@windstream.net