UAV Grad Chambers Continues Basketball Career Overseas
Women's Basketball - Thu, Oct. 5, 2017
Most collegiate athletes dream of moving to the next highest level possible when their collegiate careers are over. The majority of collegiate student-athletes finish their sports career when they graduate and continue to move on to bigger and better things, applying the lessons they learned from their playing days in their new lives outside the court or field. However, some athletes, such as Antelope Valley alum Aunjanay Chambers, have the unique opportunity to continue competing in the sport they love. Chambers, a 2017 UAV grad, is pursuing her passion for basketball in Barcelona, Spain, to play professionally for CB Valls (Liga EBA).
Chambers played at UAV from 2016-2017, where she was named NAIA All America Honorable Mention and was voted to the All-Cal Pac First Team. The Fullerton, Calif., native also led the Lady Pioneers to their first conference regular season championship while averaging 17 points per game, 8 rebounds per game, and 2.6 blocks per game for the Pioneers -- in their first season of competition in the Cal Pac.
When asked how she feels about the transition from college to professional basketball Chambers stated, "First and foremost it is a humbling feeling to be able to continue on with my career but I feel confident in being able to compete at the next highest level."
When reflecting on her time at UAV, she expressed her gratitude to all the coaches, instructors, and staff for all the support she received while competing in Lancaster, Calif.
"UAV is really one of the best schools for support! Being a student-athlete at UAV felt like home," she said. "Everyone is friendly and always willing to lend a helping hand. I am extremely blessed to have finished my collegiate career as Pioneer because everyone is tightly knitted there and truly cares for one another."
Chambers also credits family and friends for providing the encouragement and giving her the courage to return to college basketball after having a child her sophomore year of college.
"A lot of my family were devastated that I decided not to play and although I took two years off to be a mother it was always in my heart to come back and give it my best shot," she said. "It has been a childhood dream to play professionally rather it be WNBA or overseas. This moment is a huge accomplishment for me and my family. I am forever grateful."