October 9, 2013
By Kelly McHugh
Freshman forward Jessica Sheble is no stranger to the K-State women's basketball program.
The 6-foot-3 forward from Olathe, Kan., grew up wearing purple and cheering for the Cats. She came to games with her family, and once she was in junior high, she began dreaming of playing basketball in Bramlage Coliseum just like the Wildcat women's basketball players she grew up watching.
"When they won the Big 12 (in 2004), that was a really exciting moment to follow them," Sheble remembered. "Last year, after I committed, we were down here for a lot of the games and we came up for the WNIT games. To come and be in that atmosphere watching them win and to be in the locker room watching them celebrate their win was really cool."
Growing up so close to K-State, Sheble had the opportunity to come to plenty of games last season, which gave her the opportunity to really get a feel for the program she is now a part of.
But it's not just the tradition of playing at K-State that Sheble is excited about. She is also excited to play in front of Wildcat fans and get on the court as a Wildcat for the first time herself.
"Seeing all the support from all the fans that we have is awesome," Sheble said. "Women's basketball might not be the most popular sport in the States, but we have amazing support here, and K-State is just such an amazing family environment. Everyone is family here, and it definitely shows being at the games and seeing everybody there cheering us on. I'm just excited to get on the court and be on that team they're cheering for."
At Olathe North High School, Sheble recorded 12 points, 9 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 49 percent from the field. She earned all-state honorable mention honors and All-Sunflower League First Team honors and team MVP.
Now playing under head coach Deb Patterson, Sheble knows she has the opportunity to better her game and help K-State to success during her years as a Wildcat.
"She's had a lot of amazing accomplishments, and it's definitely really amazing to be playing under someone who has so much knowledge of the game," Sheble said. "Our assistant coaches are all very knowledgeable about the game too. It's really nice to play for someone who really knows what they're doing. They work every day to make you better, and they might yell at you, but it's because they want every little thing to be right because they know the little things are what make you great and the little things make your team great."
With the season just around the corner, Sheble hopes to use her versatility as a player on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor.
As for her goals, she said, "To give it my all when I step on the court, to go hard all the time and to keep a positive attitude with everything."
You can catch Sheble's first game with the K-State women's basketball team on Oct. 28, when the Wildcats will take on Washburn University in its first exhibition game this fall in Bramlage Coliseum.
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.
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