Anna Marchbanks from YVCC signs with Oregon State
Anna Marchbanks has been involved in less-than-ideal situations a number of times in her basketball career, and they have all turned out well.
She hopes this one will, too.
The 5-foot-8 2008 graduate of McKay High School has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Oregon State University.
The Oregon State program, which finished 2-16 in the Pac-10 Conference last season, is in turmoil.
Fifteen players, many of whom complained about the way they were treated by (former head coach LaVonda) Wagner, and four assistant coaches have left the program in recent years. Wagner was fired June 1. She has not been replaced, but a new coach is expected to be named soon.
But the always-upbeat Marchbanks looks at the situation as a positive experience.
"You got to realize that it's going to be a rebuilding year," Marchbanks said. "And me going to McKay in high school and North, rebuilding's what I've been through.
"It was nothing I was afraid of. To me, it was a challenge. I took it with open arms and signed my letter of intent the next week."
Marchbanks' mother, Wilma, played volleyball at Ole Miss, brother K.J. McCrae played football at Portland State and brother Kyley McCrae plays football at Western Oregon.
In her first year out of McKay, Marchbanks went to Central Arizona Junior College in Coolidge, Ariz., and helped the team win the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I championship.
She led the national tournament in shooting percentage at 84.6 percent and averaged 8.8 points and seven rebounds per game in the tournament.
Marchbanks played post in Arizona, but she wanted to play guard, so she transferred to Yakima Valley Community College.
Moving to guard for her sophomore year, Marchbanks averaged 20.5 points per game and 9.4 rebounds as Yakima advanced to the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges championship game before losing.
"Definitely a learning experience," Marchbanks said. "Definitely going to (play for coach Cody Butler) opened my game up. (I) shot my three-ball a lot more. Cody's an excellent coach. If it was not for Cody, I would say I probably wouldn't have graduated.