By Kyle LoJacono
Land O’ Lakes resident Meghan Keough recently signed her letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Central Florida (UCF).
Meghan, a senior, played at Land O’ Lakes High as a freshman and sophomore, but moved to Tampa Catholic High for her junior season. She stepped in as a leader of the Crusaders team that won the Class 3A state championship.
“I’d committed to UCF in June and I’m so excited about getting to go play there,” Meghan said of signing. “It’s real now. I’ve signed and in a way it’s a relief because I can play my senior year without worrying about it.”
Meghan played point guard last year to fill a need for Tampa Catholic, but will move back to her more natural position of shooting guard this season. She averaged 21 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two assists per game in the 2009-10 campaign and is part of a top-50 recruiting for UCF.
“We are extremely excited about the new additions to our UCF women’s basketball family,” said UCF coach Joi Williams. “Recruiting coordinator, Courtney Locke, and the rest of our staff did a great job of identifying four talented young women who will definitely address our needs for next season and add to our athleticism and depth.”
Meghan had many reasons for picking UCF, including having a familiar face in the program.
Her older sister Kayli also is at UCF after transferring from Florida State University before this season. Kayli has to sit out the 2010-11 season because of NCAA transfer rules, but will have two years of eligibility left starting in 2011 when Meghan gets to Orlando.
“We played together Kayli’s senior year at Land O’ Lakes when I was a freshman,” Meghan said. “It was sad when that year ended because we thought we’d never play on the same team again. We’re best friends and now we’ll get a chance to play together for two years.”
Meghan plans on studying pre-medicine while at UCF.