Women’s hoops land Virginia all-state player Kaliya Barbour

May 2, 2016

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Patrick Henry Community College women’s basketball coach Brian Henderson believes he scored a diamond in the rough with the recent signing of Piedmont District Player of the Year, Kaliya Barbour.

The G.W.-Danville High School senior transferred from Bassett High School for her final season and reaped the benefits of playing in a competitive Piedmont District, VHSL Conference 23 and 4A West region. Her numbers helped garner interest from a variety of four-year schools, but in the end, the forward chose to stay local and give the junior college route a try.

Henderson said he couldn’t be any happier with the decision. It was a decision, however, that Barbour said became taxing and difficult with options and opinions coming at her from all angles.

“At first, I felt myself listening to everyone else,” Barbour said of the pressures of being recruited. “Then, I had to figure out which school would make the most sense financially and also what would be best playing wise; what would help me get familiar with college. I had to block everyone else out and I chose PHCC.”

Barbour averaged 17.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.9 steals and 2.4 assists per game this past season. Her stat line helped her earn the Conference 23 Player of the Year award while also being named to the first team of the VHSL 4A West region. She also was a second-team selection on the 4A All-State team.

“Kaliya is a great addition to the PHCC program,” Henderson said. “She was a standout on the court at G.W. as a senior because of her aggressive play. We believe that aggressiveness will be her biggest asset this year as a freshman, and allow her to make an immediate impact.”

Barbour added that PHCC assistant coach Stacy Brim helped establish the communication line. After talking with Henderson, Barbour felt that the team and coaching staff offered her the best chance to improve her game and become the player she ultimately wants to be.

“I’m very excited and my goal for basketball is to be stronger and an unpredictable player,” Barbour said.

The Lady Patriots return a handful of former Piedmont District players, and the familiarity of being surrounded with players that she used to play against weighed heavily in her decision, Barbour said. She is good friends with All-American Ebony Reynolds, as the two attend the same church. She also said that the former G.W. trio of Lexi Dabney, Laprecious England and Kedra Bradley added more incentive to come to PHCC.

“They gave me a challenge and I feel like I gave them a challenge,” said Barbour of playing against her soon-to-be teammates. “I feel more comfortable and I’m pretty sure we’ve all been through the same thing. It won’t take a lot of time to get to know everyone.”

With a good supporting cast and the ability to see action on the court right away, Barbour added the junior college offered everything she was looking for initially. She noted that seeing playing time as a freshman or even as a sophomore at a four-year school would be scarce. At first, PHCC was a last resort, said Barbour, but after discussions during her senior year, she became more convinced that playing for the junior college would be in her best interest.

Barbour admitted that she still has plenty of work to do in order to improve her game at the level needed to be an NCAA Division I, II or III transfer. Among the areas she wants to improve upon are her outside jump shot and physical strength.

Over the next two years, Barbour has the right resources on her side.

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