The Baylor women’s basketball team just got a whole lot juicier — and that’s a really good thing.
La Vega’s standout junior guard Calveion “Juicy” Landrum committed to the Lady Bears Wednesday, ending a recruiting onslaught that saw her field scholarship offers from dozens of colleges across the country.
For Landrum, Baylor made sense in a myriad of ways.
“It did kind of matter that it’s my hometown, because my mom and my family will get to see me play,” Landrum said. “I’m just excited, because they play physical at Baylor, and that’s the way I play, too.”
Landrum won the Super Centex Player of the Year honor last season as a sophomore while directing La Vega to a 35-0 season and the Class 3A state championship. The 5-10 guard overwhelmed opponents on both ends of the court with her innate feel for the game, averaging 17.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 4.3 steals and 2.1 blocks per game.
Such skill made her one of the most coveted prizes in the women’s basketball recruiting world, as she is ranked as the No. 10 overall player and the No. 3 guard in the Class of 2016 by ESPN’s Hoopgurlz.com. Landrum chose Baylor over the likes of Duke, LSU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, USC, Ohio State and others.
La Vega coach Amy Gillum expects Landrum to feel right at home at Baylor.
“It’s a great fit, and I’ve told her this, I think (Baylor coach) Kim Mulkey really reminds me of Juicy’s mom,” Gillum said. “They’re both outspoken in that they say what they mean and mean what they say, you know exactly what they’re thinking. Juicy is used to that, and she can handle it.”
Gillum is personally excited about Landrum’s choice, because she knows she’ll get a chance to keep watching her play.
“Oh, we’ll definitely be filling up the stands,” Gillum said. “I think that’ll be great for the community, having a hometown girl playing for the Lady Bears.”
Landrum joins her La Vega senior teammate, 6-4 post Erin DeGrate, as a Division I commit. DeGrate made her pledge to Louisville last month. For Gillum, these moments bring almost as much joy as winning a state title.
“I admire these kids so much,” Gillum said. “It’s such a big decision, and they’re making it when they’re 16, 17, 18 years old. Now that they’ve got it behind them, they can just focus on school and playing basketball.”