Eaglettes' Buchanan signs with King College

Thursday, May 3, 2007
Shelbyville Central Eaglette Anisha Buchanan signed to play basketball at King College on Tuesday afternoon. Beside Anisha are her father and mother, Anderson and Valerie Buchanan. Standing, from left, are King College assistant coach Jen Testa, head coach Michele Willams, Eaglette assistant coach Misty Thompson and Eaglette head coach Lynn Burkey. (T-G Photo by Gary Johnson)

At a time of the school year when most seniors are preparing for graduation, Shelbyville Central basketball standout Anisha Buchanan took a huge step in preparing for her future by signing a scholarship with King College in Bristol.

Buchanan scored over 1,400 points and won numerous awards and honors during her high school career. She averaged 14.7 points per game and 7.1 rebounds her senior year.

Her season high was 27 points against 2007 state champion Riverdale.

"I'm really excited about playing at King College," Buchanan said. "It reminded me a lot of Shelbyville. I really like coach (Michele) Williams and I'm very thankful for the opportunity to attend college and have the chance to continue to play basketball."

Buchanan played AAU basketball for the Tennessee Flight, where Williams was an assistant.

"We're just excited to sign Anisha," Williams said. "She was our No. 1 recruit this year and it's great we can get a kid like her that comes from a good program. She's played under two great coaches like Rick Insell and Lynn Burkey and I think she will come in and make an immediate impact on our program."

Buchanan plays much bigger than her size and has the ability to post up against bigger players, but most likely will play at the three or four spot for the Tornadoes, members of the Appalachian Athletic Conference.

"I'm just so happy for Anisha," Burkey said. "She has really worked hard and I've enjoyed coaching her the past two years. She has really matured a lot over the past several years.

"She's always had some leadership qualities and she really became a real leader for us this past year. She has always been a great scorer but she has extended her game by becoming a better defender and better shooter.

"I think (King) got a real steal in Anisha," Burkey said. "I think she's going to have a tremendous career with them. She's made a good choice. King College is a good school, it's a good program and she's going to be a difference maker in their program."

Buchanan is the second Eaglette senior to extend her basketball career. She joins Kayla Bryant, who signed with Lambuth University.

"I've really enjoyed my four years at Shelbyville and all the hard work and practice has really paid off," Buchanan added.

She comes from a family full of former Eaglettes who went on to play college basketball.

Buchanan joins cousins Conswella Sparrow Johnson (Auburn), Ashley Johnson (Mississippi), Alex Fuller (Tennessee) and April Snipes (Chattanooga State).