Hoops Wrap-Up: Megan Deines

Cardinal Authority hopes you enjoy our "Hoops Wrap-Up" series of stories, featuring a look at each player on the men and women's teams on the University of Louisville rosters. A look back at the season and forward to the future: Our second men's feature is on sophomore Megan Deines.

Megan Deines

6-1, So., Guard

Springfield, Mo.

Averages: Deines played in 33 games – starting one of those contests – and averaged 12.3 minutes a game. She averaged 3.2 points and 1.7 rebounds a contest, hitting just 5 of 23 three-point field goals.

Overview: Deines came to U of L with the reputation as a top-notch outside shooter and hit 20 of 65 from three-point range as a freshman. But she was only 5 of 23 this season and had just one made three-pointer in the final two months of the season. She played double-digit minutes in many of the blowouts with 20-plus minutes in five games early in the season, but her minutes diminished as the season came down to the end. At times, Deines has showed flashes of being a really solid contributor for the Cardinals but she was just so inconsistent. She had back-to-back big games late in the season against Memphis and Houston but then didn't score for the next four games and she only had seven points in the final month, not playing in the season-finale against Maryland.

Best game: She had a season-high 11 points early in the season in a game against Ohio University but it was a Feb. 16 road game at Memphis when she made the biggest impact. In an up-and-down game, Deines played 18 minutes and hit 4 of 5 from the field for eight points. She also had four rebounds, three assists, one blocked shot and one steal. She was active and playing with confidence.

Projected future: With the loss of four seniors, Deines is expected to move into a larger – and key role – for the Cardinals next season. She is not just a shooter but can also be one of the team's top passers and must improve her defense. If the Cardinals are to be successful next season, Deines will likely be a key.

Quotable: "We have been to a Final Four and now we understand what it feels like to lose before we get there," Deines said. "It's not a good feeling. We are going to keep working hard during the summer. For me, I just have to keep working on my game and help me out. I just need to keep working."

Bottom line: Deines must show improvement in the offseason and while she's scored 288 points in two years, there's plenty of room for her to better her game. It's a key to the future of the program for Deines to show the improvement that she needs and to become not just a shooter but key role player.

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