Jennifer Aadland and Nate Burman Lead Laramie Basketball Honors
Three Laramie High School basketball players received post-season accolades after the conclusion of the high school basketball season last weekend.
The Wyoming Coaches Association has released its class 4A All-State and All-Conference lists. Senior Nathan Burman and junior Jennifer Aadland were selected All-State and All-Conference, while senior Lexi Pulley was named All-Conference in the 4A East.
Laramie’s Jennifer Aadland was named All-State for the first time in her career. The junior led the Lady Plainsmen in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots, while ranking in the top 10 in each of those statistical categories within class 4A. Aadland averaged 13.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 3.4 blocked shots per game. She was seventh in scoring, fourth in rebounding and led 4A in blocks per game. Aadland shot 40 percent from the field during her junior campaign and 34 percent from beyond the arc. She also shot 80 percent at the free throw line. Aadland received her second straight All-Conference honor this season after being named in the 4A East in 2017.
Pulley joined Aadland on the All-Conference list. The senior guard was second in scoring for LHS during the 2017-18 season. She led the team in assists and steals. Pulley averaged 10.9 points per game and totaled 45 assists and 72 steals. She finished fourth in class 4A in steals at 3.3 per game.
Former Laramie coach Laura Pollard said, “I believe Jen Aadland and Lexi Pulley would have started for anyone in the conference, and that point was proven when Lexi and Jen made the all-conference team. Even though Laramie did not make it to State, still Jen Aadland got All-State. Statistically and respectfully, she is one of the top players in the State. Lexi did get some votes from our conference coaches at State, but didn’t have the statistics to get her the first team selection! Congrats to these girls!”
Burman earned his second consecutive All-State honor after being named to that list last year, and thus also received All-Conference recognition. Burman finished second on the Plainsmen in scoring, third in rebounding and second in assists. He averaged 13.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. He shot 43 percent from the field and 37 percent from 3-point range, which was ninth-best in class 4A. Burman missed six weeks of the season with an injury. He played in only 17 of the team’s 25 games.
Laramie coach Travis Brown said, “Nate is a special player that was a privilege to coach. I am happy that the rest of the state recognized and acknowledged what the coaching staff and his teammates already knew. He’s gifted, talented and capable of inspiring greatness in those around him. I look forward to seeing Nate excel at the next phase of his life and continue to make his hometown community proud.”
All-Conference and All-State awards are voted on by the coaches in each conference and classification. A coach cannot vote for their player. Nominations are put forth by a school’s head coach.