Layden Blocker, a 6-foot-2 point guard out of Arkansas, is without question one of the top prospect in that 2023 class.
The rising senior is coming off an eye-opening weekend during last weekend’s Nike EYBL third session out in Louisville, Kentucky, where he averaged 19.2 PPG shooting 57% from the field and 46% from three and 7.4 RPG through five games, making a case to become a five-star.
I had a chance to speak with Layden recently regarding his recruitment and much more. He holds current offers from schools like Auburn, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Baylor, Kansas, Creighton, and more.
“Recruitment is going well. Hearing from about six schools. I could take a couple more visits but no date set yet.” Layden told me.
He will take an official visit to Arkansas June 6-8th and Kansas June 10-12th. Layden plans on taking a couple more visits but no dates have been finalized just yet.
He made the choice last summer to finish his high school career at powerhouse Sunrise Christian (KS) and was a huge part of their success this past season as they were the number one team in the country for the most part of the 2021-2022 high school season.
I asked Layden how was his first year at the powerhouse school? How was that experience?
“My first season with Sunrise was a great experience. I believe I got better as a player and person. My experience there so far has prepared me for the spring and summer. I think after my career at Sunrise, I’ll be more prepared for college.” He answered.
He will for sure be a big part of their success coming up for the 2022-2023 high school season and should be in the starting lineup and more of a leader for this year’s team.
“I feel good about next season. I feel like we have a really good chance of winning a championship. My goals is to win a National Championship, become a McDonalds All-American, and to be the National Player of the Year.” Layden tells me after asking him what his expectations are for next season.
He is one of the most athletic prospects in the class. He is a fearless driver when attacking the rim, capable of hitting shots, an elite competitor, and is an outstanding rebounder for his size.
Layden wants to continue to get better and work on his game as he develops as a player and over time. “I want to continue getting better with my pace and reads.” He tells me after asking him what does he think he needs to improve on.