Eastmoor’s Dunning Gets Head Start With LSU Teammates

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Eastmoor Academy’s Ayanna Dunning
Columbus Eastmoor Academy’s Ayana “Ya-Ya” Dunning is getting a look at the
future this week as she joins two of her future LSU teammates at the
7th Annual McDonald’s All-American girls game in Milwaukee. The game tips tonight before a live national audience on ESPNU at 7 p.m.


Eastmoor Academy’s Ayana “Ya-Ya” Dunning is getting a look at the future this week as she joins two of her future LSU teammates at the 7th Annual McDonald’s All-American girls game in Milwaukee.

“It’s a good thing to get to work on our chemistry and we all get along really well,” Dunning said of future teammates LaSondra Barrett from Mississippi and Destini Hughes from Texas.

And the 21 other players involved with the girls game have made it a good week as well.

“Everybody here is real easy going and easy to get along with and we’re having a great time,” she said. “it’s exciting to play with so many great players and to be a part of this is so exciting.”

When the girls tip off at the Bradley Center shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday, the cameras for ESPNU will send the action to a national TV audience.

“I’m kind of shy. I’ll be fine by the game but leading up to it I’ll be kind of nervous,” Dunning said. “I’m looking forward to playing on a national stage.”

Touted as one of the top center prospects in the 2008 class, Dunning didn’t disappoint at Eastmoor where she averaged better than 17 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks a game.

After Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-American game, Dunning will have another chance to be with most of the same players as all but five will make up the rosters for the WBCA All-American game in April.

“It’s always fun to play with people with such a great amount of talent,” Dunning said. “I’m glad we get to spend these two all-star games together. We have so much fun on and off the court.”

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