Southwestern recruits Texas student-athlete

In photo: Front row - Michael Willis, Kayela’s father; Alyssa Willis, Kayela’s sister; Kayela Willis; and Niki Willis, Kayela’s mother. Back row - Blaze Blain, Whitewright High School head basketball coach; Trevor Willis, Kayela’s brother; and Keylee Blain, Whitewright High School assistant basketball coach.
In photo: Front row - Michael Willis, Kayela’s father; Alyssa Willis, Kayela’s sister; Kayela Willis; and Niki Willis, Kayela’s mother. Back row - Blaze Blain, Whitewright High School head basketball coach; Trevor Willis, Kayela’s brother; and Keylee Blain, Whitewright High School assistant basketball coach.

Creston, IOWA—Addae Houston, Southwestern Community College's head women's basketball coach, headed to Texas to acquire the latest recruit for his 2018-19 squad.

 Kayela Willis, a 5-foot-8-inch point guard, will be joining the Southwestern Spartan roster next year. Willis was named offensive player of the year at Denton Ryan High School in 2015-16. Willis transferred to Whitewright High School in Whitewright, TX, following the 2015-16 school year. At Whitewright, she received District 10 Class 3A honorable mention honors for the 2016-17 season. She has also received honors in the classroom, being named academic all-district in 2016-17 and serving as the representative for her class on student council her senior year.

 Houston is impressed by Willis' love for the game, her character, and her attitude; but also can't wait to see her in a Spartan uniform.

 "Kayela has great playmaking ability at the point guard position," explained Houston. "She creates offense for her teammates, but she is also a versatile scorer who can finish inside and knock down shots from the outside."

 Whitewright High School Head Coach Blaze Blain, along with Willis as his point guard, led the Whitewright Tigers to a 6-4 district record to reach the Texas Class 3A post-season tournament in his first season as head coach. Although he will lose a valuable member of the team in Willis, he is excited to see her move on to the collegiate level.

"Kayela is a determined student-athlete and overall is just a good person," commented Blain. "I think she has a bright future ahead of her and I know she will do big things at SWCC."

 Willis is thankful for being given the opportunity to play for the Spartans and live out her dream of playing collegiate basketball.

 "I look forward to being surrounded by a great group of people who love the sport as much as I do," stated Willis.

 Willis is the daughter of Niki and Michael Willis of Whitewright, TX.