Barbourville High School basketball star Anna Daniels has always considered herself to be a small town girl with strong family ties. And when it was time to decide where to continue her academic and athletic career, those values were at the forefront of her decision.
That’s why Union College was always a favorite and ended up being the easy choice for Daniels, who ended her high school career as one of the all-time greats to ever wear the Barbourville blue and white.
Daniels, surrounded by family, friends, teammates and classmates, made it official recently when she signed her national letter of intent to suit up for the Lady Bulldogs after high school graduation.
“Living in Barbourville, I wanted to go to a small school and I also wanted to be close to home to be with my family,” Daniels said. “So Union was the perfect fit.
“And I really liked the coaches and the campus,” she continued. “And they offer nursing, which is what I want to do.”
Daniels, who will go down as a local legend for what she accomplished at the high school level, said she is excited about what awaits her at the next level, though she knows she has a lot of work to put in to be able to contribute to the Lady Bulldogs’ success.
“Probably my ball handling and three-point shooting since I didn’t shot a lot of outside shots in high school,” Daniels said of improvements she needs to make.
As a six-year member of the Barbourville Lady Tigers’ varsity squad, Daniels amassed an impressive 1,923 points and 1,070 rebounds, a very rare feat at the high school level. She helped lead the Lady Tigers to a pair of District 51 championships while being named to numerous all tournament, all district, and all region teams. She was a first-team All 13th Region selection as both a junior and senior.
Daniels’ high school career ended on a sour note after she injured her knee in the final weeks of the season and was unable to play during the post-season. She was the 13th Region’s second leading scorer at the time as well as one of the state’s leaders in that category.
While her resume on the hardwood is exceptional, her work in the classroom is even more impressive. Daniels carries a 4.16 GPA while taking several duel credit classes. She is a member of the honors program at Barbourville.
While Daniels has put in a lot of hard work to get where she is in life as a person and an athlete, she knows she didn’t get there on her own. She credits her dad, Will, her mom, Elizabeth, and her sister, Ally, for always being there for her when she needed them.
“Definitely my parents and my sister,” she said. “They’ve always been my biggest fans and supporters even when I was not playing well. I love them.”