JONESBORO, Ark. (11/11/09) - Arkansas State head coach Brian Boyer announced Wednesday that Millington Central guard/forward Olivia Maddox has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her basketball career at ASU.
Maddox, 5'11", was a Class 3-A All-State Tournament selection following her sophomore year in which she averaged 8.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game and helped lead Millington to a state runner-up finish. She was also named Memphis Best of Preps and earned All-District honors following the 2007-08 season.
"Olivia has been a part of one of the most successful programs in the Memphis area," said Boyer. "In addition to being on a very successful team, they are very well balanced in terms of scoring. She is a great athlete who really fits our system well and is someone that our fans will enjoy watching over the next four years. Olivia is very athletic, very smooth to the basket and is a great offensive rebounder. It is unfortunate that she didn't get to play last year due to a knee injury, but her best basketball is ahead of her and we have all the confidence that she is going to be a great player for us."
"I think Arkansas State is getting a young lady with a lot of athleticism who has a lot of upside to her game," said Millington head coach Stan Gatlin. "She has great rebounding ability, jumping ability and great defensive intensity. She has the ability to play different positions from the wing to the post and will be a great addition to Arkansas State's team."
Maddox is the daughter of Rosalind Brown.
JONESBORO, Ark. (11/11/09) - Arkansas State head coach Brian Boyer announced Wednesday that Hanna Qedan, a 5'11" guard from Farmington, Ark., has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Red Wolves lineup for the 2010-11 season.
"Hanna can really shoot the ball," said Boyer. "To go along with that, she has very good size for a guard, so she is able to get a shot off on a lot of people. But the thing that really stands out about her is her explosiveness. She handles the ball just as well left or right, so she is more than just a shooter, she is a very good all-around guard."
The Farmington High School standout averages 19.4 points per game, 11.0 rebounds per game and four blocks per game. She has 19 double-doubles so far in her career and owns a 32-point career-high game. She was named All-Conference and an AAO Top 25 Camp nominee. She was selected to the All-Northwest Arkansas team, the All-County team, the KURM Dream Team and was a Top 10 All-American Camp participant.
"Hanna is a tenacious player on both ends of the floor," said Farmington head coach Brad Johnson. "She is a big guard who has a great face-up game. She can shoot it from outside, but probably her biggest asset is her explosiveness to the basket. She gets to the basket quickly with either hand and she is big enough and physical enough that she can take it down low and post up. She is a very versatile player and knowing the offensive sets that Coach Boyer runs at ASU, she is tailor-made for them offensively."
She is the daughter of Bashar and Jeri Qedan.
JONESBORO, Ark. (11/11/09) - Arkansas State head coach Brian Boyer announced Wednesday that Scott City, Mo. standout Jane Morrill has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her basketball career at Arkansas State University.
A 6'1" forward, Morrill is on pace to top the 1,000-point mark in her career at Notre Dame High School in Cape Girardeau, Mo. and averages 15.7 points and nine rebounds per game. She is a two-time All-Conference, All-District and All-Regional selection, earning conference MVP honors following her sophomore year with the Bulldogs. She has blocked 151 shots over the past two seasons at Notre Dame and is expected to finish her career as the school's all-time leader.
"From day one, Jane was our number one recruit, and we were so excited when she committed to us," said Boyer. "She is going to be an impact front-line player at this level. She is not only a very good scorer, but she is a very versatile post player. She understands the game and passes it very well for a player her size."
In addition to her skills on the basketball court, Morrill is a two-time All-State softball player at Notre Dame, also earning All-Conference, All-District and All-Regional honors along the way. She is the daughter of Alan and Carla Morrill.
"Jane is the total package," said Notre Dame head coach Renee Peters. "She has size, shooting ability, passing ability, shot blocking ability and rebounding ability. She knows the game so well. She can see the game set up and know how to thread the needle with passes. She is also an excellent perimeter shooter and ball handler. You are not going to see many girls her size take the ball behind their back when they take someone one-on-one. But she isn't someone who worries about cushioning stats and making herself look better; she wants to win and however that falls in place is fine with her."