LUBBOCK, Texas – Angel Hayden will join the Lady Raider Basketball 2017 signing class, Head Coach Candi Whitaker announced Monday afternoon.
“We are thrilled to have Angel join the Lady Raider family. She has been coached by one of the best coaches in our game and has been raised in a winning culture,” Whitaker said. “Her accomplishments over her four-year high school career are remarkable. Angel takes great pride in her defense, has tremendous instincts and is the ultimate team player."
Hayden is a 5-6 point guard from Canyon, Texas. She played at Whitaker’s alma mater, Canyon High School, for Hall of Fame Head Coach Joe Lombard. Hayden is a three-star recruit by ESPN HoopGurlz and the No. 23 point guard in the country.
During her high school career, Hayden led Canyon to four consecutive UIL 5A State Championships (2014-17) and was named State Tournament MVP in three of the four years (2015-17). She led the Lady Eagles to a 31-3 record last season and a No. 8 ranking in the country.
Hayden was selected to three straight Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) 5A All-State Teams and was named a 2017 Max Preps Sixth Team All-American. She also earned the Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA) Class 6A-5A Athlete of the Year.
The incoming freshman was a two-time District 3-5A MVP and the 2017 Amarillo Globe-News Super Team Girls Basketball Player of the Year. She averaged 14 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 3.4 assists per game during her career.
Hayden joins incoming freshman Lyndsey Whilby and transfer Erin DeGrate in the 2017 class.
What they're saying about Angel Hayden:
“Confident game manager delivers off the dribble, splits double-team, and finds the rim; interior passer, decision maker, executes in half court, shot maker, distributer, leader.”
Dan Olson – ESPN Girls Basketball Report
“Angel Hayden is one of the greatest winners in Canyon Lady Eagle basketball history. She started four years and was named MVP of the state tournament the last three years. She had an undefeated (28-0) record in her playoff career. She can do so many things on the court that helps her team win. The bigger the game, the closer the score, the better Angel plays.”
Joe Lombard – Head Coach, Canyon High School