I had the chance to talk today with Ballard junior Javonna Layfield, a 2014 recruit who’s been offered a scholarship by Western Kentucky.
Layfield, a 5-foot-11-inch forward, was averaging 14.8 points, 10 rebounds, 4.1 steals, 2.2 assists and 1.4 blocks through 18 games for the Lady Bruins (17-2). She had 13 points and 13 rebounds in Ballard’s last game, a 70-63 overtime win over Madison Central.
Layfield also has offers from Eastern Kentucky and UNC-Wilmington, she said, but has had some interest from Louisville, Tennessee, Colorado State and Georgia Tech.
Layfield’s AAU coach, Tim Barnett, said interest has started to pick up for the forward because she’s shown more aggression and an improved perimeter game.
Here are a few comments from Layfield, who took an unofficial visit to WKU on Nov. 2:
Javonna Layfield, Ballard junior forward
What are some of your strengths? “I think I’m very versatile because I’m tall, but also really quick. That helps me create a lot of mismatches. I feel like I’m athletic and work really hard to compete. I love, love, love, love to rebound. I’ve developed my perimeter game over the summer, and that’s something that I got a lot better with.”
What are you still working on? “I’m still working on confidence, as far as not passing up the open shot and taking more shots. I’m still working on that and the mental part with it.”
How fun has this season been with Ballard (17-2)? “I love my teammates. We’re like a family, and we work really hard. We want to make a name for ourselves and get as far as we can get. It’s been really fun working with these girls, playing and winning. I hope it continues for a long time.”
Talk a little about WKU: “I like Western Kentucky a lot. I like how coach Heard’s style of coaching. I like the program and the school in general, and it’s not far away from home. I wouldn’t be far there. It seems like a positive place to be.”
What do you think about WKU’s style of play? “They get after it and go up and down, and feel out players so they can play their game. That’s the kind of basketball I really like. It’s a style that I would enjoy.”
How’s your relationship with coach Heard? “I like coach Heard, I really do. She’s a sweet person, and she’s really positive. She’s very influential and encouraging.”