WESTFIELD, IN – Amari Anthony stands out in the paint.

WESTFIELD, IN – Amari Anthony stands out in the paint.

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Maybe not in size. The Fairfax Stars player sees herself as a guard in college because of her height. But you better believe she is getting noticed for her rebounding ability and aggressiveness down low.

“You have to rebound and box out,” Anthony said. “That’s what’s going to get you to win a game, or at least get close.”

Anthony got the Stars close Thursday evening against the All Iowa Attack. She held her own against Iowa’s towering forwards in the opening night of the Indianapolis Nike Elite Youth League (EYBL) session.

The Attack, which are currently ranked third in the Indy division of the EYBL, prevailed 71-62. The Stars fell to 1-5 on the season after dropping a close first game here against Central Florida Elite, 48-46. Anthony tallied five points in the first contest while pulling in a couple of rebounds. She also added an assist against Central Florida.

For Anthony, showing various aspects of her game is important in Indianapolis. The session is being played in front of dozens of college coaches who are trying to fill out their 2018 rosters.

“I’m trying to go all out so they can see me, because nobody really knows about me,” Anthony said.

Anthony turned up the heat in the second game Thursday against Iowa. She limited center Ashtyn Veerbeek, a Nebraska commit, in an admirable fashion when considering their difference in height. Anthony also stayed on the court against the bigger Attack in the crucial final minutes of the match.

With four minutes left in the game, Anthony collected a crucial rebound over Veerbeek. Anthony then drew a foul on an aggressive move to the basket.

“It was actually pretty good,” Anthony said of her performance. “People underestimate me because I’m small, but I’m strong, too.”

Look for Anthony to continue to show college coaches her presence in the paint during the rest of the Indianapolis session this weekend.

 

By Mike Shaw

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