SE: Meet the Newcomers: Megan Deines

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Megan Deines brings a plethora of collegiate experience to the court for the K-State women’s basketball team this season.

The senior guard from Springfield, Missouri, transferred to K-State in August after playing three seasons with and graduating from the University of Louisville.

“I sent my release form to a couple of schools, but I knew I wanted to come here,” said Deines who was familiar with K-State after being recruited by the program during her time at Glendale High School. “I really liked K-State coming out of high school, but playing for a top-10 program drew me to Louisville back then.”

Though she began her collegiate career with Louisville, Deines said, upon graduation, she was ready for a change. When she found out she could both receive her graduate degree in sociology and continue playing basketball, coming to K-State was a no brainer. 

“Megan falls under the grad school rule; she graduated early from Louisville and she has a year of eligibility remaining,” explained K-State head coach Jeff Mittie. “We had a need, and felt like she was the right fit for us. She has tremendous experience from Louisville. She played in the National Championship game her freshman year and was a reserve player for them throughout her career. She’s a talented player who is going to give us a good option at both the guard and forward spot. She has good size and has got a good feel for the game.”

At Louisville, Deines helped the Cardinals to three-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the National Championship game as a freshman in 2013. She played in 94 games with Louisville and averaged 3.9 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. 

“Playing for a National Championship, you get to experience what it takes to get there,” she said. “You know the work ethic; you have to be dedicated. You have to spend time in the gym, and also spend time in the classroom because if you don’t do that, you won’t be able to play. A big thing I learned at Louisville was just the work ethic and learning to take (the season) one game at a time.”

During her three years with the Cardinals, Deines went up against many, many different basketball teams. Louisville has been a part of three different conferences in the past three years, so Deines has seen it all and is confident she will be able to adjust to Big 12 play with ease. 

“Louisville was in three different conferences in three years,” she said with a laugh. “We were in the Big East, the American, and then last year we were in the ACC, and the ACC was really tough. Seeing the difference in the conferences over the past three years really taught me about the different levels of competition. Now that I’ll be playing in the Big 12, I’ll have seen four conferences in four years and that’s really exciting.”

At 6-foot-1, Deines is a tall guard and describes herself as a versatile, aggressive player who can adjust to almost any position. 

However, unlike most newcomers, Deines came to K-State just before school started in August. She spent her summer in Louisville taking 15 credit hours to finish her undergraduate degree. While the team’s other newcomers came to K-State in June and have had time to get used to the program, Deines is just now feeling adjusted. 

“Megan has been unreal,” said junior guard Kindred Wesemann. “She’s very athletic and she can adapt to anything we throw at her. She almost knows the entire offense right now. She’s working on it – it’s something that will take time – but she’s already got most of it down and that’s wonderful.”

Though she will only be with the program for one season, Deines is happy to be a Wildcat. She’s ready to get on the court of Bramlage Coliseum and show fans what she is made of. 

“K-State was in my top three schools coming in as a senior in high school,” Deines said. “I knew the school and I knew Coach Mittie because he was recruiting me when he was at TCU. Overall, I felt like this was the perfect fit for me because of the school, the program and the coach.”

K-State women’s basketball will begin its 2015-16 season with a pair of exhibition games on Monday, Nov. 2, against Washburn and Monday, Nov. 9, against Pittsburg State. The Wildcats will begin non-conference action on Friday, Nov. 13, at Tulsa. For season or single game tickets, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.


 

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