It’s not often you see a junior in high school down to 267 pounds, but that’s the case for 2016 power forward Mike Layssard (Northwood HS, Lena), who at 6-foot-8 has trimmed his frame 30 pounds from this time a season ago.
Layssard is coming off a summer when he not only shed pounds but played up in competition. Hooping with the 17s – rising seniors – with Nike Team Louisiana on the EYBL circuit, he averaged 8.1 points and 7.2 rebounds while playing 19.1 minutes a game. Layssard finished in the top 20 nationwide in both offensive and defensive rebounding
The big man continued his strong play and showcased his athleticism at the recent Combine in the Capital in Baton Rouge. Blessed with quick feet for a player his size, the thinner Layssard recorded a standing vertical of 24 inches and a max vertical of 30 inches.
During a break in the action Layssard, who said he hopes to “get up there about 6-11” in height before it’s all said and done, shared a few tidbits on his blossoming recruitment.
There’s one school, and coach, in particular that have made an impression on the player commonly referred to as “Big Mike.”
“I like Rick Stansbury from Texas A&M, a really good guy,” said Layssard. “He taught me a lot and gave me some stuff to think about and a lot of basketball tips.”
In addition to the Aggies, Layssard is also hearing from another SEC school in Mississippi State.
Check out TSD’s video interview below with Layssard for even more information on one of the best big men in the state of Louisiana.