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Basketball Recruiting

2023's Layden Blocker becoming intriguing recruit early on

November 10, 2020

Despite not being the tallest guard on the court, Layden Blocker leads a very unique skill set and the Arkansas native has people all over the country raving. As a freshman, Blocker averaged 15 points per game along with five rebounds, four assists, and two steals per game.

Blocker, out of Little Rock, Arkansas, was recently invited to both Wootten’s McDonald’s All-American combine and Pangos Frosh/Soph Top-30 game. As expected, he was terrific at both events and despite being one of a shortlist of freshmen in attendance, he still showcased his talent.

It is still very early for the young 2023 prospect and his recruitment. But, entering his sophomore year he has already contacted coaches and is building himself high-major recruitment and taking advantage of the camps that are still being held.

In addition, Blocker has already made major leaps on the court as a sophomore. We gave you the freshman year stats above, in his first game for his sophomore season, Blocker finished with 28 points, six assists, and five boards in a victory.

After that matchup, he took the time to discuss his recruitment and early offer sheet with

Which programs are involved early?

Blocker: “TCU, Oral Roberts, Virginia Tech, Tulane, UCA, Southern Miss, St. John’s, Auburn, Arkansas.”

Interested schools?

Blocker: “Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and Mizzou.”

You personally can contact coaches but they can’t contact you, who have you talked with?

Blocker: “Most recent conversations have been with TCU, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Baylor, Auburn, and Virginia Tech.”

Discuss TCU.

Blocker: “TCU was my 1st D1 offer. Coach Broussard talks about how special I am. Talks about their program and how I can become a better person and potential to play in the NBA. Compares me to one of his former players Aaron Holiday as far as being an athletic scoring point guard that gets teammates involved as well. Encourage me to keep working hard.”

The hometown program, the rising Arkansas Razorbacks, thoughts?

Blocker: “Coach Musselman likes to highlight what a player does well. Wants his players to play to their max potential and hardest.”

How about former Arkansas’ coach Mike Anderson’s St. John’s program?

Blocker: “We talked about New York and playing in the Madison Square Garden. They like to play hard and fast. Thought I fit what they are building and want us to come to New York when it’s safe to travel.”

How about Baylor?

Blocker: “Talked to Coach Brooks today from Baylor. He talked to me about holding myself and my teammates accountable. Be the hardest worker, challenge me daily, and set goals.”

And Texas Tech, the newest school in the mix?

Blocker: “The most recent interest is Texas Tech. My dad recently talked to coach Woods and coach Ulric. Coach Woods called my High School coach too. Both coaches talked about high character and how they recruit winners. Said I fit their system and check all the boxes.”


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