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VU sophomore Anais Kirvan commits to Fresno State; Forward says she “feels right” about her choice

Vincennes University sophomore forward Anais Kirvan has signed a national letter of intent to continue her collegiate basketball career at Fresno State.
The 6-2 Kirvan visited the California school in September and said she made the trip “just to see what they could offer,” but she immediately “fell in love with everything about the school and the basketball program.
“I loved the coaching staff, the team, the location, everything,” Kirvan, an Australia native, continued. “It will even be easier for my parents to come visit and see me play. Sometimes, you just 
know what feels right.”
VU coach Harry Meeks said he’s always happy for his players to land opportunities to continue their playing careers, but he’s especially delighted when a player finds what seems to be the perfect fit.
“I don’t think things could have turned out better for Anais in terms of her next stop in her basketball career,” Meeks said. “Fresno State apparently has an immediate need for her skill set and size and it’s a high-quality school with a solid program in a very good conference. We’re thrilled for her and I know she’ll keep working throughout this season to get better and better before moving on.”
Kirvan is averaging 6.7 points and 6.8 rebounds through six games for the 6-0 Trailblazers. She had 
11 points and eight boards in a game early this season. Her one-game, season-high rebounding total so far is 10.
That blue-collar work ethic is what the Bulldogs are looking for when Kirvan arrives at the Mountain West Conference campus next year. First-year Bulldogs coach Jaime White and her staff are looking for the former three-time Australia prep champion to log quality minutes in the paint as soon as possible. White said Kirvan should be, “a presence early at both the four and five spots. She brings with her a balanced attack, inside and out."

“They showed me how the post would work; they want me to play with my back to the basket,” Kirvan said, and added that the Bulldog staff is counting on her to bridge the gap between some senior interior players and a younger post player who holds promise for White’s plans for the future.
White also understands the junior college game. Here coaching career includes leading NJCAA-member Snow College to a 107-50 record, back-to-back conference championships and a top-15 ranking. The coach played at Utah Valley Community College and was a Kodak All-American in 1989 before transferring to Southern Utah.
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