College Hoops: Spires finds home at Greensboro College
Most 5-foot-4 point guards in high school go unnoticed. Unless, they have the game, motor and heart that Thomasville High School graduate Joslyn Spires has.
The phrase “big things come in small packages” rings true with Spires. Usually the smallest player on the court, she plays much bigger and will not back down from taller defenders. Greensboro College head coach Randy Tuggle could not resist offering the spunky guard a roster spot, only after noticing her while admittedly attending games to watch someone else play.
“I ran across Joslyn two or three times at games we were recruiting for other kids,” Tuggle said. “She plays very hard and she is aggressive. She does not mind getting on the floor for loose balls and she has a very strong game getting to the hole. She is the total package that we are very fortunate to have.”
As a senior, Spires helped the Lady Bulldogs reach the state semifinals where they lost to Pisgah. A lightning-quick player both in speed and decision making, Spires was overjoyed to pick up an offer from the NCAA Division III institution that is close to home.
“They have a great program and the campus and people were really nice when I visited,” said Spires. “I did not want to be in a big class setting and that is why I chose them.”
The Pride will open the season Nov. 16 at home against Salem. Spires is one of five incoming freshmen that are vying for playing time on a roster that features only one senior. Tuggle could definitely see Spires calling the plays for his offense in the future.
“One of the things we want to do is getting her comfortable running our offense,” he said. “In high school she was given free reign to do whatever she needed to do. Being a freshman, she needs to get to a point where she is a leader. She has got to be the coach on the floor.”
Named Player of the Year in the Central Carolina Conference last season, “Ice Box” — as known by her teammates — has already experienced the differences between prep and collegiate hoops. Practices have been tough and she is trying to soak in every bit of knowledge she can to eventually crack the starting lineup for the Pride.
“It is a big difference from high school,” Spires said. “As of right now, I am doing OK. I could do a lot better and I am working hard to get my spot.”
Spires is majoring in special education.
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