In an interview with Patch, LaKeia Hayden talks about planning for nursing school, rebounding from an injury and her outlook on the season.
Patch: What is your take on your team?
LaKeia Hayden: My take on my team as point guard and captain is to be a leader on my team and push myself as well as everyone else.
Patch: What are your thoughts on the first few games of the season?
LH: The first couple of games is everything. I feel as though it is a reflection of all of our practice. We have a lot to build on!
Patch: What do you expect this season?
LH: This year, I want to win everything! My last year I want to go out with a bang!
Patch: Whose game do you try to replicate?
LH: I really try to replicate Diana Taurasi. I've watched her since I was young, and I really like her style of play.
Patch: How do you train for game day?
LH: For game day, I keep my focus throughout the whole day and think about what I need to do for my team for that night.
Patch: Now that you’re a senior, what’s it like when you’re at school?
LH: Now that I'm a senior I only go to school every other day, and when I'm there I just try to enjoy everybody and my last year of high school and making the best of it.
Patch: What happened to your knee, and how are you dealing with it?
LH: After I tore my meniscus and partially tore my ACL over the summer, I had to work extra hard to be ready for my last season. I had a doctor's appointment on the 16th and the doctor will let me know something soon.
Patch: Do you play any other sports?
LH: I play volleyball and throw discus and shot put.
Patch: What’s your favorite subject in school?
LH: My all time favorite subject is science.
Patch: What do you intend to study at college?
LH: In college I plan to major in biology, but I'm getting my degree in nursing.
Patch: Do you want to play basketball in college?
LH: I do want to play basketball in college.
Patch: What schools have you been looking at?
Patch: What type of music do you listen to?
Patch: What is your favorite movie?
LH: My favorite movie is the Wizard of Oz.
Patch: Do you drive?
LH: Yes I drive, and I drive an '03 Nissan Altima.
Patch: If you could get anything for Christmas, what would it be?
LH: If I could get one thing for Christmas it would be an iPhone.