Nagpur : Ann Mary Zachary ah averaged 15.4 points purge me in her first collegiate sea son at the junior level in the US and took giant leap to wards realizing her dream of playing in the world’s best basketball league for women -the WNBA .
The 19 – year – old forward was picked by Colorado State University in Fort Collins , Colorado , to play NCAA Division 1 college basketball . Shebaa me the fifth Indian cage to get a scholarship to play at the NCAA level , which is just a step away from the WNBA .
The 6 – foot – 3 forward from Kottayam , Kerala , an alum nus of the NBA Academy India , has been playing basket ball in the United States since September 2020 , when she committed to Life Prep Aca demy in Wichita , Kansas , be fore joining Howard Junior College in Big Spring , Texas .
At Howard , Ann Mary averaged 15.4 points per game while shooting 40.2 percent and pulling down 10.4 rebounds per contest . She also re corded nine games with 20+ points , including a career high 37 on 14 – for – 22 in shoo ting . With her dominating performance on the court , she was named the WJCAC Women’s Basketball Fresh man of the Year and to the All – Conference Team . Ann Mary’s consistent performance gave her a berth to play with the future stars from where WNBA scouts pick the best women cages .
” This scholarship means everything to me . This was the day I was waiting for a long time , to play D1 women’s college basketball in Amari ca. I am proud to be an Indian and playing here . I just wan ted to make my family and country proud , ” Ann Mary.
She will be at Colorado University for three years and will play D – 1 NCAA bas netball in the Mountain West Ryun Williams . Conference under head coach.