By Craig Pearson
INDIANAPOLIS — As Indiana State recruit Anna Munn approached Christmas with the Decatur Central basketball team, the senior guard didn’t seem to need much of a wishlist.
A college scholarship to a Divsion I university with her preferred major and a coaching staff that made her a top priority. Check.
The best start prior to Christmas in her four years as a starter for the now 12-2 Hawks. Check.
After Munn poured in 21 points Dec. 22 at Southport, Munn can check off almost every skill on the basketball court as well.
She has an all-around game that will help the Sycamores immediately next season.
Against Souport, Munn, now averaging 16.8 points, led her team to a 72-49 victory in bouncing back from a 54-45 loss to No. 4 Mooresville. She’s scored 17 and 22 in the Hawks’ two games since, both victories.
“This was just a get-better game, get ourselves back on track and I think we did that,” Munn said after the Southport blowout victory. “The team has really stepped up this year so it’s taken a ot of pressure off me. That will overlap for next year, too, not being the ‘best player out there.’”
Munn has always been talented but she’s improved her leadership and her confidence is at a new level, Decatur Central coach David Cupp said.
“Her confidence, her mentality and how she approaches the game, she really believes she’s pretty good now,” Cupp said. “She’s such a soft-spoken kid and so kind-hearted she doesn’t quite have the ego I’d like her to have. She’s a great leader.”
After making the core group of the junior Indiana All-Stars last season, Munn should get top consideration for the Indiana All-Stars this spring. Her size, athleticism and long-range shooting would certainly be an asset.
“She’s been very consistent. She’s played really really well,” Cupp said. “She’s starting to get more aggressive on the glass and handling the ball for us. Her overall game is getting better, which I’m sure coach Wiedie will appreciate.”
Southport coach Leah Enterline has game-planned for Munn several times now and is impressed by Munn’s potential in Division I basketball. Enterline played basketball at Indiana University, graduating in 2007.
“I think she’s an awesome player. She can do it all. She has the size to play a little bit in the post area. She’s strong. When she gets inside she can take it up against just about anybody I’ve seen,” Enterline said.
“She’s a great shooter, great shooter. You give her an inch, she’s gonna hit it. If you’re in her face, she’s going to hit it. She’s the complete package, a physical player. She runs the floor. She does it all.”
The most talented supporting cast Munn has helped make her final year of high school a memorable one so far, the senior said. Decatur Central has plenty of challenges ahead, though, with a trip to top-ranked Ben Davis coming up Jan. 14. Ben Davis will also stand in the Hawks’ way of a sectional title.
Looking ahead to the 2010-11 season, Munn could add some scoring punch to an Indiana State program that will soon face the loss of all-conference guard Kelsey Luna.
“Anna’s best playing days are ahead of her,” ISU coach Jim Wiedie said. “When there’s better players around her and she doesn’t have to be the focal point, it will help her even more. We’re extremely excited about her. She can post up. Works hard and just getting better every day.”
• Munn’s future teammate, guard Nikki Gunning, went for 20 points and five assists to help her Howell, Mich., team improve to 2-3 on Dec. 31.
Gunning and Munn will be joined by 6-2 Sadie Oyer and speedy point guard Illyssa Vivo.
Craig Pearson can be reached by phone at (812) 231-4357 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.