A Fresh Start for Deborah Meeks

The 5-foot-8 junior guard from Benton Harbor, Michigan, joins the Wildcat women's basketball team after playing one season with Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas. Prior to her time at Trinity Valley, Meeks spent two seasons at the University of Washington. However, back-to-back ACL injuries kept her off the court.
"I've just been traveling around the country," said Meeks in her interview with K-State Sports Extra earlier this summer. "At first I was at the University of Washington, then I transferred to Trinity Valley in Texas, and now I'm here."
Though things didn't quite work out at Washington, coming off of injury, Meeks made an impact at Trinity Valley right away. During the 2013-14 season, she helped lead the team to a 36-1 record en route to winning the 2014 NJCAA Division I National title. She averaged 9.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and led Trinity Valley from behind the arc by making 77-of-218 three pointers. She scored in double figures 14 times, and had a career-high scoring game when she put away 27 points against Bossier Parish Community College on Feb. 26, 2014.
"Last year was my first time playing since my two injuries, so now I have more confidence to play," said Meeks, back in action and healthier than ever. "I tore my ACL twice in the same knee, so it's just been a long road. When I got to play last year, it was a long time coming back. I had to get my body right."
Despite the rough road getting there, Meeks closed her career with Trinity Valley by being named to the NJCAA All-Tournament team.
Now back in action and training as a member of the Wildcat women's basketball squad, Meeks is excited to make an impact on the court for K-State. A dynamic player with a knack for putting the ball in the net, Meeks will bring added power to the K-State offense.
"I like to shoot and I like to attack," explained Meeks on her playing style. "Last year I was just the shooter, that was my job, just shooting, but I kind of want to get back into attacking the rim and having that inside-outside game."
Meeks said one of her favorite things about K-State women's basketball is its offensive system that head coach Jeff Mittie has put into play. She said it fits her playing style and is excited to put it to action on the court this season.
Though her journey in basketball has taken her across the country, Meeks is glad to now be settled in at K-State. With a blank slate, she's ready to make the most of her career and leave it all on the court. 
"(I want to) bond with the team and have that close team chemistry when we go out and play," concluded Meeks about her hopes for the 2014-15 season. "I'm excited because, for me, it's like a fresh start."
K-State women's basketball season and single-game tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit the K-State Athletics Ticket office online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets or call 1-800-221-CATS. To take a look at the Wildcats' full 2014-15 schedule, click here

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