On April 15, LaRocque signed a scholarship to play basketball at West Georgia Tech next year.
“I feel like they will help me develop my skills and they have my major,” said LaRocque, who plans to study to become a nurse.
“Our team ranked No. 1 overall in steals in junior college but we needed a presence down low,” West Georgia Tech assistant coach Marco Mason said. “We couldn’t rebound but we were very fast. Tattyanna sures that whole thing up. She gives us a solid rock at the post.”
One thing LaRocque has proven is that she can rebound. During her three years as a member of the varsity squad, LaRocque set a school record of 558 rebounds.
“She’s the best rebounder I’ve coached and I’ve coached boys and girls,” Mundy’s Mill girls’ basketball coach Tu Willingham said. “She has a knack for the ball. She knows how to gauge the flight of the ball. She knows how to use her body. We never had to worry about rebounding.”
“I was really aggressive on the boards this year,” LaRocque said. “I’m very passionate about the sport so it comes off like I’m angry but I’m not.”
Willingham also spoke about how impressed Mason was when LaRocque grabbed close to 20 rebounds against Whitewater this past season.
“I know what coach Mason sees in her—somebody who can hold down the block and rebound,” Willingham said. “Not too many young kids rebound the way she does.
“Rebounding is one of those things, any coach will tell you, you really can’t teach it,” Willingham said. “You can teach skills, nuances and positioning but rebounding is one of those skills either you have or you don’t, and she’s got.”
Even though LaRocque helped the Lady Tigers earn a winning record (14-13) last season, Mundy’s Mill fell short of a seventh straight postseason berth.
“This was my playground,” LaRocque said. “I will miss everyone from Mundy’s Mill.”
“I told coach Mason you got a phenomenal competitor,” Willingham said. “What she lacks in skill, she makes up with her desire and competiveness. It’s going to be real interesting to see how well she does when she does basketball year round.”