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Last winter Delaynie Luneckas was one of the biggest breakthrough stars of the basketball season and among the most improved players in the state.
Next season the West Branch standout hopes to help the Bears make a second consecutive state tournament appearance.
In the meantime Luneckas has solidified her basketball playing plans for after high school.
Luneckas announced her verbal commitment to Minnesota State with a post on social media.
“So extremely excited and blessed to be announcing my commitment to further my academic and basketball career at Minnesota State University,” Luneckas wrote on Twitter.
The 6-foot-2 Luneckas emerged as one of the top post players in Class 2A and one of the most intriguing prospects in the state last season with a breakout season in which she averaged nearly a double-double while being named to the River Valley Conference Elite Team for the first time.
After averaging 4.4 points and 4.1 rebounds as a sophomore, Luneckas averaged 11.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game as a junior while helping West Branch to a 21-2 record and a spot in the Class 2A state semifinals.
Luneckas was efficient offensively and showed the ability to dominate on the defensive end a year ago.
She shot a team-leading 49 percent from the floor and 77 percent from the free throw line while ranking fifth in Class 2A with 2.6 blocks per game and ranking third on the team with 2.2 steals per contest.
Luneckas had nine double-doubles last season including eight in her final 14 games including a 14 point, 15 rebound effort in the regional final and a 13-point, 12-rebound outing in the state quarterfinals.
Located in Mankato, Minnesota, Minnesota State is a member of NCAA Division II and the Northern Sun Athletic Conference.
The Mavericks went 9-7 in a 2021 season shortened by the coronavirus pandemic.