- Derby, KSHometown
- Derby Senior High School
- 38Overall Rank
- 11Position Rank
Joanna McFarland of Derby, Kan., is a 6-foot-2 post already considered one of the top players - period - in the state of Kansas. She had the unenviable task of going up against DFW's 6-7 Brittney Griner and, while she did not have her usual great results, McFarland did show why she is such a desirable prospect. First off, McFarland has very good interior footwork and, unusual for a young inside player, stays low and keeps her leverage on the blocks. She played angles well against Griner, keeping her sealed and offering a catch zone for wing and corner entries. McFarland beat Griner several teams to the basket, but Griner is so, so long, she blocked shots from behind. McFarland adjusted, figuring out how to get enough spacing to get her shot off and made some later in the game. She also showed a pretty sure short-range jumper in the lane. McFarland is more of a positional defender than a shot-blocker. It feels a bit funny to say this, but she is a little undersized for a post but knows how to make up the size difference with foot- and body work. She also could be paired with a shot-blocking center and provide inside scoring from the forward spot.
First Team, All-State 6A, Kansas-Sports.com, 2007... All-American, Miss Basketball Showcase, 2006... Third Team, All-State 6A, 2006... Freshman of the Year, Kansas-Sports.com, 2006