This edition of Five Questions is with Alyvia Padgett. Alyvia was with SD Network 2026 this past club season and will be a Freshman at Brandon Valley HS (SD). Division I offers already in hand for the talented Guard. Thanks for your time Alyvia!
1) You just wrapped up your season with SD Network 2026. You traveled extensively across the Midwest in your tourney schedule. What were some of your favorite memories from the just completed season?
One of my favorite memories from the season was winning the championship game in Milwaukee. I also really enjoyed playing against and getting to know other elite players in the area and I'm excited to follow them on their basketball journeys. Hanging out with my teammates in the hotel and going to the WNBA all star game together was fun too!
2) You've already picked up some Division I offers heading into your Freshman year. What are some of the things you'll be seeking out in a school as you head into the recruiting process deeper in terms of basketball and academics?
I'm looking for a college team that has coaches who push their players to get better and help develop their players into being the best they can be. I also want to find a team that is welcoming and feels like the right fit for me.
3) You've had the opportunity to participate in some DI elite camps. What are some of the things you learned attending those high level camps?
I learned that even the elite players make mistakes, but they keep pushing themselves each rep.
4) As you head into your Freshman year at Brandon Valley, what are some of your goals both individually and for the team this season?
An individual goal I have going into my freshman year is to help be a leader by being vocal and communicating with my teammates. A team goal would be to build friendships within our team on and off the court and to have a successful season.
5) Who are some older players you've looked up to, and what are some of the things you're hoping to use in your own game?
A player I look up to is Hilary Behrens and I'm excited to get the chance to be able to play on the same team as her and to learn from her. I like how she gets to the rim, but will also pull up for the three point shot. Another player that I look up to is Paige Bueckers because I've been to one of her games and I really like how she attacks and finishes through contact. She also can make a jumper with a defender right up on her. Paige also sees the court tremendously well.