The message boards have been buzzing with rumors for the past week, and today, Kristy Curry, head women's basketball coach at the University of Alabama made it official: Breanna ("Bre-Bre") Hayden will transfer from Baylor to 'Bama in January.
Curry recruited Hayden, who played for the DFW Elite Gold AAU program, as a high school prospect, and Texas Tech, where Curry formerly coached, was among Hayden's top three choices before she decided on Baylor. Though not among the 2013 Full Court Fresh 50, Hayden, a 5-8 guard out of Dallas's James Madison High School, was considered to be among the nation's top recruits after being named MVP of the Texas Girls Coaches Association ("TGCA") All-Star Game as a senior. Hayden was also named the TGCA's 1A, 2A and 3A Player of the Year for 2013 and the District 12-3A MVP after helping Madison two two area championships and averaging 30 points, eight rebounds, seven steals and three blocks per game as a senior.
But Hayden, who is the sister of former Baylor guard Kimetria ("Nae-Nae") Hayden, played just six games, in which she averaged a little less than 12 minutes on the floor, for the Lady Bears this season. Though Baylor remains in search of a point guard to replace Odyssey Sims next year, and Hayden showed some potential in that regard, the realization of those prospects was definitely down the road: Hayden scored a total of 18 points, 11 boards and 14 assists, but seven turnovers, in her aborted freshman campaign.
According to her Baylor team bio, Hayden chose the Lady Bears because "it was the number one team and Coach Mulkey treated my sister right; she also has a national championship and a degree and I would love the same." But speculation that all was not well began surfacing after Hayden stopped suiting up for games in early December, and earlier this week, Hayden's name was removed from the Baylor roster. Hayden will have to sit out one year pursuant to NCAA transfer rules before she will be able to take to the floor for the Crimson Tide.