Katlin Burger of Walland, Tennessee attacks the rim at the EBA Fab5 Middle School Showcase *Photo by Ty Freeman
LAWRENCEVILLE, Georgia – The Elite Basketball Academy Fab 5 Middle School Showcase featured prospects from seven different states across the South. These are the standouts from the Saturday evening session.
Katlin Burger (Walland, Tennessee) Heritage Middle School – 2021
Burger showcased one of the best mid-range games of any prospect at camp. She can knock down the 15-foot shot consistently and that allows her to operate in the high post attacking off the dribble. Her toughness is evident as she was on the floor on multiple occasions fighting for 50/50 balls and mixing it up on the boards. Burger is comfortable handling the ball on the break and runs the floor well without the ball as well. Her ability to face-up in the paint really caused problems for the defender because she can pull up for a jumper or slash to the rim and finish through contact.
Sania Feagin (Ellenwood, Georgia) Adamson Middle School – 2021
At 6 feet 3 inches, Feagin was the dominant post player of the weekend. She showcased her ability to affect the game on defense by defending the paint, altering shots, and providing vocal leadership on the backline. On offense, she effectively used her size advantage to grab easy buckets around the rim and willingly shot the 10-12 foot midrange jumper. Feagin is a strong and explosive post player that we will continue to keep our eye on in the future.
Reigan Richardson (Harrisburg, North Carolina) Hickory Ridge - 2021
Richardson is a strong wing option out on the perimeter and she really impressed with her work ethic and motor throughout day one. She looks to push the ball on the break and has a score-first mentality. Her strength and control while handling the ball was consistent during live action and she has a knack for finishing through contact at the rim. Richardson was a definite topic of conversation in the gym during most of the skills development series.
Alexis Patty (Maryville, Tennessee) Heritage Middle School – 2021
Patty made an immediate impact on our staff as she made her presence felt early on during the Saturday evening breakdown. The 5-8 shooting guard brought a lot of energy and attention to detail with each rep in the skills development series. She has a smooth jumper and an understanding of how to use ball screens to get her shot off quickly. Patty’s basketball IQ was very evident in her play and she continued to impress during live action drills as well.
Paris Miller (Hampton, Georgia) Hampton Middle School – 2022
Miller provided incredible speed with the ball in her hands. She has vision at the point guard position and really looks to push the ball in transition. Miller is a willing passer, but she can also create scoring opportunities for herself off the dribble. Her ability to beat the initial defender and slash into the paint makes her a dangerous option at that position.
AROUND THE RIM
The trio of Shelbi Smith (Crossville, Georgia), Katie Ambrose (Saint Charles, Missouri), and Ja’mya Powell-Smith (Kansas City, Missouri) showed the ability to light it up during 3-on-3 cut throat Saturday night. Powell-Smith was able to create off the dribble and score, kick it to Ambrose for a perimeter bucket, or drop it off to Smith for an easy layup. This group dominated the competition as a true triple-threat.
Shaina Kriews of Flowery Branch, Georgia, was one of the most vocal prospects on campus this weekend. During each skills breakdown, Kriews was the highlight with her energy and leadership on the floor. She is a fundamental player with a very efficient game.
Madison Vaira (Lithia, Florida) and Reilly Webb (St. Petersburg, Florida) were strong competitors representing the Tampa Thunder over the weekend. Vaira provides great size and skill in the lane at 6-1 and Webb is a high IQ guard who can knock down the open looks on the perimeter.
Hannah Fuller of Greenville, South Carolina, has continued to grow her game with each event. Fuller can light it up from behind the arc and also showed her willingness to operate off the one dribble pull up as well.
Dyer joined the team at the end of 2012 and quickly made her presence felt as our in-house contributor for Peach State Media during all events and now as the Associate Editor for Prospects Nation. She’s been in the community as a columnist since 2008 and also serves on the Naismith Awards selection committee. Rebecca played college ball at both Kentucky and North Carolina.