Llanusa signs with OU

Choctaw’s Ana Llanusa inks her letter of intent to play basketball for OU. (Photo by Ryan Horton)

Choctaw’s Ana Llanusa inks her letter of intent to play basketball for OU. (Photo by Ryan Horton)

The Lady Jackets celebrate as Ana Llanusa signs to play basketball for OU next season. (Photo by Ryan Horton)

The Lady Jackets celebrate as Ana Llanusa signs to play basketball for OU next season. (Photo by Ryan Horton)

After committing as a 13-year-old freshman, Choctaw’s Ana Llanusa is now a 17-year-old senior and Nov. 9 she officially signed her letter of intent to play basketball for the University of Oklahoma.

Llanusa got plenty of attention after beginning her high school career as Choctaw’s freshman phenom, and managed to secure a scholarhsip offer from Sherri Coale and the Sooners that year.

Since then she has amassed 1,635 points, averaged over 500 points a season with a 20 point per game average, had 457 rebounds, 192 steals and 249 assists.

“These numbers are off the charts, but the thing I love the most about her game is her consistency. She has never been held under 10 points in any game she’s ever played, and they do everything in the world to try to stop her. That right there tells you what kind of player she is. She brings it every night, she’s confident, strong and a great young lady,” said Choctaw High School head coach Ryan Maloney.

“She’s poised to have one of the best seasons in Choctaw basketball history, and has already put together three of the best seasons in Choctaw basketball history. We’re really excited to see what she can do this year. She’s been working hard, she’s healthy and it should be the perfect storm.”

In addition to her undeniable athleticism that has earned her a plethora of accolades including the Tournament of Champions MVP, a spot on the Oklahoman’s Super Five three years in a row, State Tournament All-Tournament Team and countless tournament MVPs, Maloney says her unwavering loyalty is one of her greatest qualities.

“She’s never had a bad thing to say about Choctaw High School. She committed young, and she’s had plenty of suitors come after. She literally gets offended when you ask her, because she’s so dedicated to the decision she made as a 13-year-old. She made a decision, stood by it and today honors that decision,” said Maloney.

“Her skill set, which isn’t one phased at all, just fits what they like to do at Oklahoma. I think once she gets into their weight room, and really comes into her body as a young woman she’ll be unstoppable even at the collegiate level.”

Llanusa has been waiting her entire life to join the OU roster, but she hopes to finish out her high school career with a run for a state title before taking that step to the next level.

“I’m stoked. I’ve been waiting four years, and it’s been a long journey. I’ve been watching all the games and I just want to be out there playing. I didn’t give any consideration to anyone else. I’m 100 percent dedicated to OU,” said Llanusa.

“I just hope to get that State Championship, and leave a legacy here at Choctaw High School. I hope to start, if they think I’m good enough, but I really just want to grow while furthering my education and meeting new people.”

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