Florala senior eyes college opportunities

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 25, 2020

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While her senior year at Florala High School is coming to a close, Laken Hadley is starting to receive offers from colleges to play at the next level.

So far, Hadley has received two offers, one from Ohio Valley University and one from Faulkner University.

The Florala senior caught the eye of OVU after uploading several videos from games onto a recruiting app.

“The coaches from Ohio Valley saw the film and contacted Coach Bass,” Hadley said. “We started talking on the phone and then they finally offered me a position.”

Hadley said she wants to prolong her basketball career for as long as possible.

“I started wanting to play college ball last year,” Hadley said. “I realized senior year was coming up, so I put a lot of work to become a better player. I just want to prolong my basketball career. Playing at the next level is something that not a lot of people can say they did, especially coming from a small town like Florala.”

When Hadley got the news from Ohio Valley, she said that she was surprised.

“I mean, I know I am a good athlete, but I didn’t expect such a big college to offer me a spot,” Hadley said. “I was really excited and happy.”

Moving away from Florala would be a big step for Hadley, but she said she does not want this opportunity to pass her by.

“It is honestly very scary, thinking about moving to Ohio,” Hadley said. “But I don’t want a big opportunity to pass me by.”

Hadley received the offer from Faulkner University by attending one of their camps.

“They just kept watching my film after I went to their camp this summer,” Hadley said. “They offered me about a week ago. These are really the two big ones that I’m looking at right now, but I’m still going to keep my options open.”

The senior said when she started playing basketball, she wasn’t that good, but she stuck with it.

“I started playing in the little recreation league in Florala,” Hadley said. “Honestly, I wasn’t too good, but I stuck with it and put in the practice.”

Since this is her senior year, Hadley said she said time has flown by.

“I just remember being a freshman and thinking that this time would never come,” Hadley said. “Now it is here, and I am definitely glad that I get to play my senior season with this group of girls. They are like my family. I am definitely looking forward to moving on to the next level though. I’m just ready to branch out and meet new people.”

After graduation, Hadley plans on studying to become an athletic trainer. She is the daughter of Terra and Jamie Hadley.