Watson Chapel Lady Wildcats Head Coach Leslie Henderson was fortunate to add talent to her team by way of transfer over the change of school years. One of those transfers, senior forward Desiree Warfield, signed her national letter of intent to further her playing career at Alcorn State University Tuesday afternoon.
Warfield transferred to Watson Chapel from Pine Bluff High, where she saw limited minutes on the court. Where Warfield was noticed was on the AAU summer circuit as a member of the Arkansas Ice. Warfield became serious about basketball two years ago, and according to her coaches, the most intriguing thing about her is her potential.
According to Warfield, Arkansas Ice Head Coach Doug Williams has been very instrumental in her growth on the court. Williams said that Warfield is willing to learn, and that her best playing days are yet to come.
“She’s super athletic, she has real good hands, and she has a high basketball IQ,” Williams said.
“She works real hard and she’s like a sponge, she soaks up everything. Her best basketball is still in front of her. At the next level, from day one, she’ll be able to make an impact by rebounding the ball and being an athlete on the defensive end.”
Alcorn State Lady Braves Head Coach Courtney Pruitt and her staff got in touch with Williams in regards to Warfield. Williams has built a relationship with the Lady Braves coaching staff, and they’ve told him what they expect from her as a freshman.
“They’re expecting hard work, and they want her to be the dedicated player that she already is,” Williams said. “They like her as is, and they’ll improve her offensive game. From day one they’re looking at her as a defensive presence.”
For Henderson, the fact that Warfield moved over the summer was like a gift-wrapped present under the Christmas tree. “She contacted us and said she had moved into our district,” Henderson said.
“She’s a senior, she’s a hard worker, and we feel very lucky to have her.”
From the small sample size that Henderson has seen from Warfield she’s convinced that she desires to become a better basketball player.
“She’s very athletic, but we still have a lot to work on,” Henderson said. “Alcorn State sees something in her, and I definitely see something in her. She wants to learn, and she listens to everything you say.”
Warfield will be a part of a Lady Wildcats team that will strive to win their third consecutive state championship this upcoming season.