It may have been the only time in recent memory Megan Abrams took a step back and didn’t play in a basketball game she was selected to play in.
Abrams, a sophomore at St. Thomas More, learned that her performance earlier this month in an AAU tournament in Frisco, Texas, earned the 5-foot-8 point guard a spot in the Premier All-American game that was also scheduled to take place in the same Dallas suburb.
The only problem, though, was Abrams had just finished a four-game stretch with her AAU team — the Louisiana Lady Select — which was leaving straight from Frisco for San Antonio and another national-caliber event.
Because of the potential number of games over a short span of time, Abrams reluctantly declined the All-American invitation to come up for air on her jam-packed summer and prepare for the event in San Antonio.
“It was hard to say no, I definitely wanted to play,” Abrams said of the game that attracts 140 of the nation’s top age-group players. “I wanted to play against high level competition. But I knew we had at least four games coming up, and I wanted to be well rested. It was an honor to be selected. Hopefully, I’ll be back.”
Somehow, given the direction of her career, you get the feeling Abrams will have similar-type opportunities.
Not only has Abrams distinguished herself among the top players in her own state, helping tradition-rich St. Thomas More to be the District 5-4A runner-up and advance to the Class 4A regional round of the playoffs, she’s parlayed her talent into a successful summer that’s already resonated with some college coaches.
Abrams averaged a team-high 16 points in her freshman season, landing on the All-District 5-4A first team, The Acadiana Advocate’s All-Metro team and honorable mention Class 4A all-state.
She’s already landed six scholarship offers with hometown Louisiana-Lafayette the first to do so earlier this year. LSU, Louisiana Tech, Grambling, McNeese State and Southern Mississippi have followed suit.
“I was so excited when I got the first one,” said Abrams, whose father Billy has been employed at UL-Lafayette for 15 years and currently serves as the Public Information Officer for the campus police department. “I was getting letters and was excited to get those, but not full scholarships. My motto is: “Just have to keep working”.
In the months since the conclusion of her first varsity season, Abrams has attempted to strike a balance between her high school team and AAU season, which included a pair of May tournaments in Suwanee, Georgia. and Frisco.
The month of June was dedicated solely to STM, lifting weights four days a week, two summer leagues each Wednesday, open gym Thursday and team camps on weekends.
“The summer (league) is not necessarily about winning but getting better and we definitely got better,” Abrams said. “A lot of our players are coming back, so this year we should have an opportunity to go farther in the playoffs.”
Abrams has already taken part in five out-of-state tournaments with the Louisiana Lady Select and will finish up the grueling season with the N’Awlins Elite Showcase this weekend at the Alario Center followed by another trip to Suwanee, Ga., for a tournament that begins on Monday.
Abrams said the team’s first visit to Suwanne for the May Day Challenge resulted in a bracket championship, while they wound up with a top-eight finish out of 64 teams in their initial visit to Frisco.
“There’s no arguing she’s one of the more talented players in all classes,” STM coach Stephen Strojny said of Abrams, who has a 4.0 grade-point average. “You forget she’s only going to be a sophomore.”