Eastman

Cullman's Anna Katherine Eastman.

Anna Katherine Eastman didn't want to wait any longer.

The Cullman basketball standout announced her commitment to the University of Montevallo via Twitter on Tuesday night — and she couldn't have been more thrilled to do so.

"I've been thinking about it for a long time," the senior said. "Their coaches are amazing. It just felt right. To be able to announce it to everybody, it was exciting. It lifted a weight off my shoulders. I can focus on my senior year and not have to worry about it."

Eastman averaged 15.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game last season en route to claiming All-Area (first team) and All-State (Class 6A honorable mention) accolades.

She also holds the state record for consecutive free throws made at 42 and counting.

The talented point guard, however, has her sights set even higher for next season.

"I want to keep that record going for sure," she said. "I think it would be cool to reach 2,000 points and break the Cullman scoring record, too. One of our big goals, though, is getting to regionals as a team."

Eastman was immediately drawn to the idea of attending Montevallo after visiting the campus.

Gary Van Atta (head coach) and Matt Durkin (assistant) also played key roles for the Lady Falcons.

Other programs showed interest as well, but none could ultimately sway Eastman's final choice.

"It felt like home," she said. "The decision felt easy, and I'm already close with some of the players there. Coach Van Atta and coach Durkin — they seem like the right fit and wonderful people."

Cullman head coach Josh Hembree knows Eastman will make an impact at the next level and beyond.

"It's been a privilege to see her work, grow and sacrifice," he said. "She's been willing to do things that other people aren't willing to do to be the best she can be. Montevallo is getting a great kid. She's a high IQ player who can handle it, shoot it and distribute it. She's a great teammate, too. She encourages and pushes people to be their best. I'm really excited for her."

% Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 136 or at jwinfrey@cullmantimes.com.​

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