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Oklahoman Super 5: Choctaw's Ana Llanusa takes state by storm in her freshman year

GIRLS BASKETBALL — OU commitment Ana Llanusa averaged 19.8 points per game, nearly lifting the Yellowjackets to the state championship game and eventually verbally committing to Oklahoma.
by Jacob Unruh Published: April 6, 2014
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Ana Llanusa had no idea what her season would be like.

A star player in middle school, the Choctaw freshman had an idea of how she could play this season. Choctaw coach Ryan Maloney had some thoughts, too.

“We’ve been waiting for her for a while,” Maloney said. “It’s not like she came out of nowhere. We knew she was down there and had been patiently waiting for her to become a freshman.”

They were still pleasantly surprised as Llanusa took the state by storm, averaging 19.8 points per game, nearly lifting the Yellowjackets to the state championship game and eventually verbally committing to Oklahoma.

“It was fun because everyone was doubting us, saying we couldn’t do it, but we came in and proved a point,” said Llanusa, who is the first freshman on The Oklahoman’s Super 5 since Putnam West’s Danielle Gant in 2002.

Llanusa, a 5-foot-10 guard, was simply electric, also averaging 6.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.8 steals per game. She shot 42 percent from the field and 34 percent from beyond the arc as her jump shot improved immensely.

Her performance in the Class 6A state tournament semifinals revealed to the entire state her potential as she scored 34 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a heartbreaking loss to eventual champion Broken Arrow.

Her performance even drew a strong review from Broken Arrow senior Toree Thompson, who is the Super 5 Player of the Year.

“I didn’t know about her, being a freshman, and she really surprised me,” Thompson said. “She’s going to have a really, really bright future.”

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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