Rayville has produced some elite basketball talent over the years. Names such as Hershell West, Jarvis Brown, and Elvin Hayes 6-foot-9, 238 pound Center/Power Forward, who was the first overall pick in the 1968 NBA Draft come to mind. Several other names will be added to this list in the near future. One being a very talented young lady representing the Northeastern part of Louisiana.
In 2013, the Rayville Lady Hornets defeated the Baker Lady Buffs (71-38) and claimed the LHSAA Girls Class 3A state championship before a packed house at the University of Louisiana-Monroe’s Fant Ewing Coliseum. The Lady Hornets hope to return to glory this season led by one of the most sought after female players in the nation, Micaela Wilson.
After finishing a successful off-season if there is such a thing with her AAU team, DFW T-Jack Elite, Micaela is ready to start the regular season. “My goal is to win a championship this year and work on my game,” Micaela said. She has been focusing on improving her ball handling and speed.
Micaela enters her junior season ranked as the 6th-best player in the country according to ESPN and 3rd-best at her position in the Class of 2017. Her ranking moved up to No. 6 from No. 10 after a very successful spring season. Her versatility, consistent mid-range game production, and her ability to drive/finish in traffic creates a nightmare for many opposing teams.
After speaking with Micaela’s mother Tammy Wilson, the word is out and college coaches are taking notice. “The mailbox barely closes…it’s full of letters from colleges, 40 to 50 pieces every day,” Tammy said. Louisiana Tech, University of Louisiana at Monroe, Georgia, Louisville, Florida State, Miami, and South Carolina are just a few that are interested in her skills and abilities. “Her dad and I talk to Micaela daily about school choices…Micaela is looking at schools that fit her best,” Tammy said.
The Lady Hornets look to make some noise this year and compete for a state title. When it comes to character Micaela is a class-act. She is humble and works hard to achieve greatness. Fans must remember student-athletes need down time to experience life and wind down. Micaela enjoys riding four wheelers, playing pool, and eating her favorite food hot wings.
While discussing her success and achievements she is somewhat soft spoken, but on the court she is aggressive and a true definition of a baller. Micaela represents the green and gold like non-other and many fans in Rayville are excited about the upcoming basketball season. The Rayville community should definitely come out and support the Lady Hornets and catch some great basketball.