Alexis Kay’ree Hornbuckle
Born October 16, 1985, Alexis Hornbuckle was destined from the beginning of her young life to be successful. As the youngest of Jerome and Quandora Hornbuckle’s two children, Alexis grew up under her older brother Cedric, doing everything she could to keep up with him, which caused her to fall in love with the game of basketball at an early age. Growing up in a small neighborhood in Dunbar, West Virginia, she knew it would require a lot of dedication, hard-work, focus, and faith to achieve her dreams. She was willing to do whatever it took to pursue her dreams.
Alexis’ official journey as a basketball player began at the young age of just four years old. By the time she was about eight or nine years old, she knew she wanted to play for a top NCAA program and in the NBA (WNBA was not yet formed). Age 12, Alexis watched a documentary on Coach Pat Summitt and the Lady Vols, soon after she made up in her mind she would play for the University of Tennessee. She was relentless in putting in the work necessary to succeed, and the end result was beautiful. Alexis has 2 NCAA Championships, 3 SEC Championships, and currently holds the all-time steals record at Tennessee. In 2008 after completing her basketball career at the University of Tennessee she went on to become the 4th overall WNBA draft pick, and become two-time WNBA Champion (Detroit Shock 08’ & Minnesota Lynx 11’). Alexis also represented her country in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil under head coach Dawn Staley, becoming a gold-medalist for the USA Pan-American team (2007).
Alexis just completed her 10th season playing basketball overseas. Basketball has given her more than she could have asked for, such as being able to play in or visit the following countries: Brazil, Turkey, Spain, Russia, Hungary, Poland, Finland, UAE (Dubai), Puerto Rico, Israel, Jordan, and Lebanon. Here’s what Alexis has to say, “ It truly has been a wonderful experience and opportunity to travel places I probably would have never seen if it weren’t for the game of basketball. God gave me this gift to play exceptionally well, and I feel honored every time I put on my uniform to be able to do what I love almost every day.”
When Alexis is not playing abroad she can be found teaching, coaching, training, and mentoring young athletes. Her main focus is getting kids to receive an athletic scholarship to college. Having played at the University of Tennessee under the leadership of Coach Pat Summitt and 10 years of playing on professional teams, she has developed into an exceptional leader, teacher, and motivator. Leveraging the Definite Dozen principles has allowed her to educate young women on how to be successful at every level and has prepared them for life beyond basketball. She firmly believe in motivating athletes to perform exceptionally both on and off the court, and require excellence from every person she work with. She knows that for many young athletes going to college would be next to impossible without a full or partial scholarship. There are also times when it is not about the money necessarily, the real problem is not being visible for coaches to see your talent despite not being a top prospect. The program Alexis has developed to help many families send their daughters to college is one that has been quietly operating for over 5 years. She is very proud to be apart of changing lives.
Alexis Hornbuckle, 2004-08
The 5-11 guard was a standout from West Virginia. Hornbuckle was a do-everything guard who always seemed to be in the right place at the right time, Including getting the putback for the winning basket against LSU in the 2008 national semifinals.
Summitt preached rebounding, even from her guards, and Hornbuckle did that, finishing with 740 boards. She is fifth in school history in assists (503) and also averaged 9.7 points and 5.4 rebounds. She was the classic Summitt player: She didn’t always have big numbers, but she always contributed. She was part of two NCAA title teams with Parker and has also won two championships in the WNBA.
Accolades & Awards
• Pat Summit’s Top 10 Players of All Time, 2016
• #4 Overall WNBA draft pick- Detroit Shock-2008
• All-Time Tennessee Career Steals record (373)
• All- SEC First Team, 2007, 2008
• All- SEC Defensive Team, 2007
• SEC All-Tournament Team, 2007
• All-SEC second Team, 2006
• All-SEC Freshman Team, 2005
• Started 21 of 35 games in 2004-05 as a freshman, led the team in steals (64), assists (110) and averaged 5.4 rpg.
• Finished the 2006-07 season ranked 13th among all NCAA Division I leaders for steals (3.1 spg.)
• One of 11 finalists for the 2006 Nancy Lieberman Award.
WNBA and Abroad
- Oct. 2017
- May 2017
- June 2016
- Dec. 2016 – Mar. 2017
- Dec. 2012- Mar. 2013
- Oct. 2011- Mar. 2012
- Jan. – Mar. 2010
Alexis believes her true calling is helping people change their lives for the better. Every year since becoming a professional athlete, she has used her platform to give back in many ways. Over the years her efforts have grown as well as her results. Alexis knows that sports can change not only the athlete’s life but also the family’s life. It’s not about dribbling a ball, it is about the lessons taught within the game that builds great character. She was blessed to have great coaches, teachers, and mentors that gave her the lessons needed beyond the court; it is only right to share these blessings and gifts with as many people as possible. The lessons she teaches on court lead to off court success, all you have to do is follow the blueprint. The good part is that everyone willing and ready to commit to finding his or her inner champion can do just that. It all begins with the transformation of the mind. Your mind requires as much, if not more training than your physical body. Alexis’ success has allowed her to speak at schools, churches, and even corporate conferences such as Microsoft. When she doesn’t have speaking engagements or on the court trainings, her time is dedicated to assisting families with helping their children get athletic college scholarships. Alexis and her team have developed a step-by-step process that places her clients children in position to receive a scholarship, even if they are not a top prospect. She has been working and developing this program for the past 5 years. She admits that she was “one of the lucky ones,” being a highly recruited athlete, because it came with the perks of everyone helping her complete all the necessary steps to secure a scholarship. Most people don’t have that luxury, even the ones who may be All-State players. Alexis has witnessed this first hand growing up with her brother, Cedric, in his recruiting process. He was one of the best in the State but didn’t have the proper guidance. Her parents weren’t sure how to make him visible to the right coaches being from such a small state. Now, Alexis offers a solution to other families with this same problem. She always says, “It not about where you are it’s about where you are going.” In other words START TODAY to change your future.