High School: Cedar Falls (IA)
Recruiting Status: Signed with Northern Iowa (press release)
Notes: Her parents both competed in athletics at UNI: father in football, mother in track and field. Her sister Kiana joined the UNI women’s basketball team as part of the 2018 recruiting class, redshirting in 2018-19.
offer in October 2017: Northern Iowa (first offer)
offer in September 2018: South Dakota State
July 13, 2019: committed to Northern Iowa
Anaya Barney continues pipeline from Cedar Falls to UNI (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, 7/17/2019)
While Barney recently received interest from the Big Ten’s Nebraska and had offers from South Dakota State and Colgate, she decided the opportunity to compete alongside her sister within a program that has always felt like family was too good to pass up.
“When I was younger it was something I really, really wanted to do,” said Barney, who grew up attending Warren’s UNI camps and dreaming of one day playing for the Panthers. “Towards the end I didn’t know for sure if that’s where I wanted to be, because I didn’t know if I wanted to make my own path for myself somewhere else or if I wanted to go there (to UNI) and make my own path.
“I realized even if I didn’t go somewhere else and I stayed in the same place everyone else went, I was still able to make my own name for myself in the same program.”