One of the top point guards in the class of 2023, Layden Blocker has boosted his stock this summer which has resulted in the accumulation of high major offers along with attendance from Power Five head coaches at his games. Playing for 16U Brad Beal Elite (TN), Blocker ranked in the top-20 in steals in Nike EYBL AAU circuit. Averaging 14 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals, he showcased his effectiveness as a playmaker with court vision, craftiness in his handle, and activity on the defensive side.
This fall, Blocker joins a loaded Sunrise Christian Academy (KS) team along with the likes of Kansas commit Gradey Dick, top-15 wing Mark Mitchell, Swedish forward Bobi Klintman, and big man Cameron Corhen among others. Collectively, this group oozes with talent and has a shot at competing for a national title.
As part of the Pro Insight Q&A series, Blocker highlighted his family’s basketball background, his eagerness to showcase his versatility as a lead guard, his favorite music artists, and more.
For the next installment of the Pro Insight Q&A series, we present 2023 prospect Layden Blocker, from Little Rock, Arkansas:
Pro Insight: Talk a bit about your background.
Layden Blocker: I go to Little Rock Christian (AR), but I'm transferring from Little Rock Christian (AR) to Sunrise Christian (KS). I live in Maumelle, Arkansas. I just turned 16.. And I'm 6’2. I like to play 2K.
PI: What modes do you play on 2K?
LB: I like to play MyCareer, like online against other players, but if I'm playing Play Now, I like to use different teams, I like to switch it up. I use the Celtics, the Pelicans, the Mavs and yeah — those are like the top three teams I like to use.
PI: How did you get to where you are today?
LB: Just staying in the gym. I wasn't always good. I remembered like in third grade, I had to play for my dad. He’s my father and you would think that he was gonna put me in the game, but like, he didn’t put me in a game like that cause I wasn't that good. So I just stayed in the gym and eventually I got to where I am today.
PI: Did you play any other sports growing up?
LB: Oh yes, I played tee ball, soccer, football. Then I took a break from football and I played football in eighth grade again, now I'm done with football. So yeah, I played different sports.
PI: What made you fall in love with basketball?
LB: Well, when I was growing up, my father put a basketball in my hands because he used to play basketball. His brothers used to play basketball and his dad used to play basketball. So basketball is just a family tradition. My mom used to play basketball.
PI: How tall are your parents?
LB: My mom is 5’9 and my dad is 6’3.
PI: What are your current measurements?
LB: I'm 6’2, 168 pounds. And last time I checked, I think my wingspan was like 6’4.
PI: For those that aren’t super familiar with your game — what are your greatest strengths?
LB: My strengths are really to push it to transition, get my teammates involved, and score the ball, really.
PI: What do you feel you still need to improve on the most?
LB: One thing I'm working on is getting in the mid-range pull-ups, reading ball screens, and different types of finishes.
PI: Who do you model your game after and try to study on film?
LB: My favorite player is Kevin Durant, but I really try to model my game after Ja Morant. He's good at ball screens. He's quick, he's fast. He can shoot it and he pushes in transition and his floater game is elite.
PI: Do you have a training regimen?
LB: So when I get in my gym, we work on like form shooting at first. Then we get into our mid-range one-dribble pull-ups and stuff like that. And then ball screens. And like I said earlier, different types of finishes. So then at the end we do spot up threes, like 20 from each spot around the world and back. So that’s really my main regimen when I go into the gym.
PI: How was Pangos All-American Camp?
LB: Ah, the camp was really fun. I got to play with great competition, like some of the best in each class, like 2023s, 2022s. And I think there were a couple 2024s and you know, it was a great experience. I showed up to the occasion, you know, I played my game and I made Top-30 [Cream of the Crop].