September 11, 2013
By Kelly McHugh
Growing up in Pleasant Hill, Mo., K-State women's basketball freshman Kindred Wesemann had the opportunity to fall in love with K-State at an early age.
She was in fifth grade when she attended her first Wildcat basketball game in Manhattan, and despite visiting the University of Missouri a time or two in her elementary years, she knew one day she would be a wearing a Wildcat jersey on the court of Bramlage Coliseum.
"Well, first I was a Mizzou fan because when I was a kid I went to a Mizzou camp and, long story short, I got a jersey and became a fan," Wesemann laughed as she told the story, "But ever since I came out here in fifth or sixth grade, I realized K-State was the place I wanted to go."
Fast-forward a few years to Wesemann's freshman year of high school and her childhood hopes of attending K-State began to fall into place.
"I chose K-State because of the family atmosphere," Wesemann said, "I committed really early, I (verbally) committed my freshman year of high school."
Since she committed her freshman year, Wesemann helped lead Pleasant Hill High School to the state tournament in four straight seasons.
The 5-foot-8 guard was ranked as the No. 57 guard in the nation by ESPN Hoopgurlz for the 2012-13 season after averaging 16.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.3 steals per game and earning All-Conference, All-District and All-State First Team honors her senior year. She became the first player in Pleasant Hill High School history to be nominated for McDonald's All-American Honors and led her team to four straight league and district titles during her high school years.
Now a Wildcat, Wesemann said she's getting used to the training and practices with K-State.
"It's an awesome experience, I'm so blessed that I'm even here," she said. "I never thought I'd be playing Division I basketball, and playing under Coach Patterson, no way! So I was really excited about that too."
Plus, living only about a three-hour drive from home will give Wesemann's biggest fans - her family - the opportunity to see her play during her collegiate career with the Wildcats.
"It's hard to decide between my dad and my grandpa," Wesemann said when asked about who has influenced her basketball career the most. "They've both really inspired me to go and play basketball. They both played basketball, were high school stars, and so I always wanted to be like them."
Now living out her dream of playing basketball with K-State under head coach Deb Patterson, Wesemann is ready for the 2013-14 season to begin.
"(My goal is to) bring everything that I can to the team," Wesemann said. "Whatever they need, hopefully I can put it out there for them."
Season tickets are available now for the 2013-14 women's basketball season. For more information, call 1-800-221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.