CARL JUNCTION — What was once a dream became a reality for Carl Junction’s Megan Scott, as she signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Pittsburg State on Wednesday.
Playing for the Gorillas is something Scott has been working towards for a long time, so accepting the offer was an easy decision.
“I’m very excited,” Scott said. “I’ve been looking forward to signing since I was a freshman and I’m also excited that I’m going to Pitt State as well.”
Although she considered playing at other schools, Scott said Pittsburg was where she felt the most comfortable.
“Ever since I visited Pitt State, it kind of felt like home to me,” she said. “I visited other schools, but I felt like I belonged at Pitt State.”
Scott has been a dominant post player for the Bulldogs throughout her high school career and hopes to improve herself at the college level.
“One of the things I will bring to the table for Pitt State is my ability to score inside,” Scott said. “Coach [Lane] Lord said he was excited to bring me on and is ready to utilize my skills inside. He also said that I could be the final piece that they need to maybe win a national championship.”
Despite initially feeling overwhelmed by starting college and joining an elite program, Scott says she remains excited and optimistic about the future.
“It makes me nervous at first, but I’m also really excited,” she said. “I already know the players and they made me feel at home. I think once I’m there, I’ll be ready to play and help the team move forward.”
Playing for head coach Brad Shorter and being around her teammates is what Scott said has helped get her to this point.
“Coach Shorter has been a tremendous supporter,” Scott said. “He led me to Pitt State and helped me improve my game. He really made this a possibility for me. My teammates have encouraged me, too. They all congratulated me after I signed and told me that they were excited to watch me play. I just couldn’t ask for better teammates.”
After playing her final season with the Bulldogs this season, Scott hopes to make an immediate contribution to the Gorillas and go on to become a starter.
“I’m hoping that I’ll be able to start next year,” Scott said. “I might not be a big piece, but I think I can at least be a role player. Later on, I hope to be able to put up a lot of points on the board and contribute on both offense and defense.”
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.