Joiya Maddox of the All-Alabama Roadrunners leads the break during Saturday's bracket play. *Photo by Ty Freeman
LAWRENCEVILLE, Georgia - For high school prospects, high school season is in the rearview mirror and the NCAA evaluation periods are on the horizon. The month of March is the time where club teams look for competitive tournaments in preparation for the live periods. The PSB Spring Showdown provided an elite stage for teams from across the Southeast. Check the social media posts by clicking #PSBSpringShowdown for more highlights, standouts and videos from the tournament. Here is a look at some of the players who made the most of the early opportunity the second day of the tournament.
Zora Fray-Chinn (Orlando, Florida), Bluestar Florida – 2021
Fray-Chinn was one of the most impressive athletes from Saturday’s action. The 5-foot-9 forward showed the ability to defend in the paint and on the perimeter by using her size and speed to her advantage. On the offensive end she was dominant around the rim grabbing boards and finishing and defensively her presence was felt with her shot-blocking and physical play.
Morgan Robinson-Nwagwu (Norcross, Georgia), Team Elite – 2019
A poised point guard can always provide a positive impact on any level of play. Robinson-Nwagwu is that type of player for the Team Elite Sophomore team in that she never changes her demeanor out on the floor. Her strong frame and understanding of changing speed with the ball in her hands allows her to create well with space. She can knock down open looks and distribute the ball through traffic, and her biggest asset is remaining calm under defensive pressure while breaking the press.
Lacy Robins (Statesboro, Georgia), South Georgia Storm – 2020
Robins proved to be a player that could make plays from anywhere on the floor. At 5-10, she has great length and athletic ability out on the wing. Robins can get off of the floor in a hurry, which translates to defensive tips and easy baskets in a full court press situation. Her athletic frame allows her to be successful out on the wing and also in the high-post area when attacking the rim. She knocked down a few mid-range shots and spread the defense pulling a couple of 3-pointers as well.
Taylor Goforth (Friendsville, Tennessee), East TN Air – 2018
Goforth was one of the toughest players on the floor Saturday. Standing at 5-10, she provides versatility out on the wing and is an active rebounder from that position. Goforth is a match-up nightmare for traditional post players because of her slashing ability. She runs the floor extremely well out on the break and never misses an opportunity to jump on a 50/50 ball in her area. She is a huge part of East TN Air’s success and the team truly feeds off of the energy that she brings each possession.
Joiya Maddox (Hoover, Alabama), All Alabama Roadrunners – 2019
Maddox was by far the most consistent perimeter shooter of the weekend. The 5-10 shooting guard found ways to create space and knock down shots through the morning and afternoon sessions Saturday. In an opening round game in their division, Maddox connected on seven 3-pointers and finished the game with 28 points for the Roadrunners. She followed up that performance by catching fire again that evening, where she went a stretch of the game knocking down three straight 3-pointers. As a defender, you have to respect her ability to shoot, but she can also attack off the bounce and score as well.
Annie Hughes (Dutton, Alabama), Alabama Southern Starz - 2019
Hughes was a floor general for the Alabama Southern Starz over the weekend. There was hardly an offensive possession that went by that the ball didn’t touch her hands, or she was orchestrating the play by directing teammates where they needed to be. Hughes is a high-IQ player and she plays with great energy on both ends of the floor. She has an athletic first step and the ability to work her way through the paint and finish through contact. Hughes is an impact prospect that we will continue to track.
AROUND THE RIM
Class of 2020 guard Logan VanArnsdale went 3 for 3 from behind the arc down the stretch for FBC. She is a shooting guard with a good frame and a scoring mentality.
The East TN Air have plenty of players who can light it up from outside. Class of 2018 guards Lexi Campos and Tesa Johnson, as well as class of 2019 guard Abbi Joseph, rarely missed from behind the arc Saturday morning.
Class of 2020 guard Carly Hooks gives speed and slashing ability to FBC Blackmon. Hooks was fearless when attacking the rim and does a good job of finishing or finding an open teammate.
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.