Lexi Carson and Chance Thyhsen contributed to this story
Welcome to ESPN Gainesville’s Insider Look.
In this episode, we are telling the story of rising star, Na’Haviya Paxton.
Paxton is a 5’7 junior point guard hailing from Columbia High School girls basketball in Lake City, Florida, and she currently has no college offers even with her outstanding 3.8 GPA.
We hope by telling her story, Na’Haviya gets the recognition she deserves.
Full interview below:
Thoughts from the Athletic Director
We also spoke with the Athletic Director of Columbia, Steve Faulkner. He had nothing but praise for the star student-athlete, giving many sentiments to who she is as an athlete and a student.
When asked about what she means to Columbia, he said, “She means a lot. She is about as good of a representation of a student-athlete that there is.”
He also spoke to her personality off the court, saying, “If you didn’t know who she was during the school days, you wouldn’t. She just walks through the hallways, goes to class and does what she’s supposed to.”
He described her personality as an athlete as well, “When you come to a game and see her under the lights, it’s a totally different person when it comes to competition. She’s in her element.”
I also asked Faulkner about her not receiving any college offers yet, and if he anticipates her receiving one before the end of her tenure at Columbia and he reiterated his confidence by saying, “Absolutely. It’s just going to take being in a gym with some college coaches, which she obviously didn’t get to do this year because of the pandemic. She is playing on a travel team out in Jacksonville right now, and once college coaches get a look at her, I think the offers will come rolling in this summer.”