BY JEREMY HOECK
A chance meeting with a legendary South Dakota coaching figure ultimately landed the University of South Dakota women’s basketball program a prized recruit for 2015.
Megan Bonar, a 6-foot-1 forward from De Soto, Kan., verbally committed to the Coyote coaching staff on a visit to Vermillion on Sunday following USD’s win over Boise State.
According to Bonar’s high school coach and father, Jim Bonar, the family ran into former Northern State men’s coach Don Meyer on the street in Estes Park, Colo. The coach’s advice to Megan Bonar?
“He gave her the advice to block out all the other stuff and go where she felt at home,” Jim Bonar told the Press & Dakotan. “That’s good advice from a great coach, and she listened.”
As a sophomore last season for De Soto High School, Bonar averaged 15.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.1 steals and 3.75 blocks per game. Academically, she ranks first out of 188 students in her class.
Ultimately, her early college choice was based on comfort, Jim Bonar said.
“It came down to relationships,” he said. “USD was a late entry into the recruiting process, but the coaches and team felt like family to her.
“There was a comfort level beyond what she had experienced on any other visit she has ever taken.”
Bonar becomes USD’s first known verbal commit for the 2015 class, and comes from a familiar area. De Soto is located between Lawrence and Kansas City, near the same area where current Coyote freshman Jaylah Jackson hails from — nearby Olathe, Kan.