Maia is the starting guard for the Waimea College team out of Nelson, New Zealand. Maia is currently part of the New Zealand Junior National Team squad preparing for the FIBA U17 World Cup . Maia’s combination of speed, strength, skill & IQ is very unique. She is a tenacious defender and has an elite competitiveness. Maia has strong leadership to command the floor and run a team along with the ability to score and create plays out of ball screens and late clock situations. Maia is a high level prospect with a bright future ahead of her collegiately, international & professionally.
- U15 New Zealand Team
- U17 New Zealand Squad
I am a motivated individual with a goal to get a basketball scholarship to the United States where I would like to study Sports Psychology and then play professionally after graduating. I know the importance of working hard; I have had this role-modeled all my life. Both my parents have played at an elite level; my father played professionally, and represented New Zealand at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics; my mother played in the New Zealand National Basketball League for many years. I also understand the value of leadership and giving back to the sport that has given me so much, so along with playing I also coach and referee. I consider myself a good teammate because I am confident, able to read the team, not afraid to speak up, and will always support anyone that needs help.
Caleb Harrison (Eagles General Manager):
“Maia is currently part of the New Zealand Junior National Team squad preparing for the FIBA U17 World Cup. She is an explosive guard who can score in a multiple of ways. Maia’s combination of speed, strength, skill & IQ is very unique. She is a tenacious defender and has an elite competitiveness. Maia has strong leadership to command the floor and run a team along with the ability to score and create plays out of ball screens and late clock situations. Maia is a high level prospect with a bright future ahead of her collegiately, international & professionally.
Mike Fitchett (Eagles Top of the South Head Coach & Tall Blacks Assistant Coach):
“Capable of playing the point or shooting guard spots, Maia is comfortable directing her team or taking on the scoring load. Maia has excellent size and strength for a lead guard and is able to use those tools to get to her spots on the floor. She is a good athlete with room to improve and become elite. Maia is starting her weight room journey this offseason, and I am looking forward to seeing the benefits translate to the court.
Maia is an excellent shooter with feet set and off the bounce. A high volume scorer for her High School team, Maia has had multiple games where she has knocked in 5+ 3s, despite drawing a lot of defensive attention. Off the bounce she can get to the hoop and finish strongly with the right hand, and is developing a solid left hand finish.
Maia’s greatest strength is her basketball IQ and ability to read the game. Her size allows her to see the floor over her defender. In ballscreen actions she makes the right read and play, whether it be to score or pass. She has a variety of passes and has an emerging ability to manipulate the defence.
Defensively, Maia uses her size and strength to her advantage. She can sit down and slide in front of guards and she can switch onto 3s and 4s and hold her ground. She is an excellent rebounder and often starts transition after her board.
Maia is a great kid and is a pleasure to coach. I believe she has potential to play internationally at the senior level.”
The Mainland Eagles Academy support young players in their development. The Academy has had coaches including Mark Dickel (UNLV Alum), Ben Sheat (U19 New Zealand Men Asst Coach), Mick Downer (former Australian Olympic Assistant Coach) & Mel Downer (former Australian Centre of Excellence Head Coach). The academy has supported development of over 50 US college scholarship players, national team players & pro’s including Max Darling (Illawarra Hawks), Taylor Britt (Perth Wildcats), Mary Goulding (Fordham University), Sam Timmins (University of Washington), Quinn Clinton (St Mary’s), Jackson Stent (Houston Baptist), Harrison Meads (Pepperdine), Angus McWilliam (TCU/UC Riverside), Amiee Book (Fresno State), Tsubasa Nisbet (Georgia Southern), Max de Geest (Long Beach), Tom Webley (University of Hartford), Helen Matthews (Wofford) & Mason Whittaker (American University).
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