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Ravenswood’s Annie Hunt inks with Wheeling

RAVENSWOOD — Annie Hunt owned plenty of worries that her opportunity to play basketball in college might never roll around.

Her hopes took a hit when she tore her ACL. Then a second wave of doubt swept in when she missed her entire sophomore season. And still another when COVID-19 invaded the lives of Americans everywhere. Colleges simply might not have room to extend offers to incoming freshman, as the NCAA granted eligibility waivers to winter athletes due to the pandemic.

“Oh I definitely had doubt because the road has been long and hard,” she said.

Yet, throughout all of the worrying along her path, one positive trait stayed true about her: the work ethic.

Thousands of shots went up in the Red Devil’s gym.

Hard workouts continued with her father Scott at his gym. Her strength climbed and so too what she could do on the court. As a result, her play on the varsity court improved and reached All-LKC First Team and Class A All-State second team status this past season. All of this in turn drew the attention of many college coaches. University of Indiana Pennsylvania, Wheeling University, Mount Saint Marys, University of North Florida and Western Carolina all sought her services.

Every part of this journey made her signing with NCAA Division II Wheeling University that much sweeter inside the Dawg Pound on Monday in Ravenswood.

“I really hoped for this day and I am so glad it finally arrived,” Hunt said.

Among her friends and family, the Red Devil gave her commitment to the Cardinals for the next four years of her life. She joins Mike Llanas’ squad as a 3-guard.

“It just clicked with their coaches and everyone on the team. I took a trip and they made me feel like I was at home. And I really liked talking to them and they all have this good chemistry when they talk to each other and you,” Hunt said on why she signed with Wheeling.

“Even when we went into coach Llanas’ office and he kind of critiqued me a little bit, I paid attention to how I responded to that and my response was good and it wasn’t anything negative. He was being a coach and I really liked it and liked the atmosphere.”

She’s looking foward to the challenge of moving positions from her high school point guard spot.

“I am kind of nervous about that because I have been point guard for three years now. But at least it is a position I know because with the W.Va. Thunder I am a three and two and I definitely think I can thrive there,” she said.

Any of those nerves may be worked out by the time she arrives on campus. Several new freshman arrivals at Ravenswood High are capable of taking some of the workload off Hunt’s shoulders. And head coach Cara Williams believes Hunt can slide into the 3-spot to help her team.

While she works to lead a young team, Hunt will also be chasing the 1,000 point mark. She is roughly 300 points away from the mark. And she is just looking forward to getting on the court.

“I am really excited for this freshman class to come up and just help make the cultural of our team a winning one,” she said.

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