Basketball has always been second nature to Plainview graduate Megan Shelton and her family.

Basketball has always been second nature to Plainview graduate Megan Shelton and her family.

Her older brother Deric was a standout for the Oklahoma Christian University men’s basketball team, and her father Bobby was a college standout at East Central University, playing for the squad which advanced to the NAIA national title game in 1989.

Now Megan is forging her own basketball legacy at Oklahoma Christian, as she is entering her junior season this year.

“Playing at Oklahoma Christian has been a great fit for me,” Shelton said. “The coaches care about the players athletic performance as well as their academic performance. Coach (Stephanie) Findley goes out of her way to ask questions and help us succeed in the classroom. That’s something that is very important to me personally.” 

Before she began sporting the colors of the Lady Eagles at OCU, Shelton was busy making a name for herself as a member of the Plainview Lady Indians basketball team.

During her senior year she averaged 15.5 points per game along with 5.7 rebounds, as she helped lead the Lady Indians to a 25-4 overall record. 

She was a Co-MVP that season on the All-Ardmoreite Girls Basketball team as well as an honorable mention on The Oklahoman All-State team, as well as a Co-MVP on the Lake Country Conference All-Conference team.

During her junior year Shelton averaged 14.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.7 steals per game. She was named as an honorable mention selection on The Oklahoman All-State team that season.

Shelton was also an All-Conference selection her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons at Plainview, as well as being named to the All-Ardmoreite girls basketball team.

But according to Shelton, it was the basketball she was playing outside of the high school ranks which prepared her the most for the challenges that were to come at Oklahoma Christian University.

“Playing for the Ardmore Heat AAU team really prepared me I feel the most for college basketball,” she said. “The competition and speed of AAU basketball were about the closest thing I was able to experience in preparation for college level competition.”

“My dad (Bobby) was my coach on the Heat and he taught me the knowledge and skills I have for the game. He not only taught us the game of basketball but was able to incorporate some life lessons which continue to help me in basketball and life as well.”

Last season at Oklahoma Christian, Shelton played in 28 games, 10 of which she started. She averaged 3.5 points per game along with 2.0 rebounds. Academically she was named to the Heartland Conference academic Honor Roll’s Commissioner’s List for the fall semester, as well as the President’s list for the spring semester. 

In her first collegiate start for OCU as a sophomore, Shelton scored a career high 21 points in a 96-95 loss against Cameron University in a game which took place in Wichita Falls, Texas. 

During her freshman year, Shelton played in 28 games where she averaged 4.0 points per game and 1.3 rebounds per game.

Oklahoma Christian went 10-18 overall last season including a 5-9 mark in conference play. 

She was also named to the Heartland Conference academic Honor Roll’s Commissioner’s List for the spring semester her freshman year in 2016-17. 

“The biggest difference between high school and college ball is the speed of the game in my opinion,” Shelton said. “The pace up and down the floor is a lot quicker, and the amount of time you have to get your shot away is a lot shorter also. Those are the two parts of the game which were the most different for me.”

“Juggling classes and basketball at the same time is also a challenge,” Shelton added. “Oklahoma Christian University takes pride in educating the students at a high level. With that said, it takes a lot of discipline and self motivation to manage both basketball and class work. My professors as very helpful during basketball season. They always do their best to help us manage the work load when we have to miss class.”

Oklahoma Christian will open the 2018-19 season on Nov. 3. 

Megan is currently majoring in biology and plans to graduate with her bachelors degree before attending pharmacy school in the future.