Bears' Eberhardt off to Post University
Bears' Eberhardt to sign with Post University
THOMASTON – It wasn’t the best game that Maggie Eberhardt every played. Far from it. That’s what impressed Post University Women’s basketball coach Stephen Schuler.
Eberhardt struggled against Hyde Leadership in Thomaston High’s 58-54 Class S stare tournament quarterfinal victory a little over a month ago. She did not shoot well and had only one three-pointer despite finishing with 15 points, including four clutch foul shots at the end of the game.
But within the struggle Schuler saw what he wanted to see.
“After the game (Schuler) talked with (Thomaston) coach (Bob) McMahon and told him that he liked that I didn’t have to score a lot to win and that I contributed even though I had an off game,”
Schuler has had his eye on Eberhardt for a while and the Hyde game just confirmed his opinion of Eberhardt’s talents and leadership. While unable to comment due to NCAA rules you can bet Schuler is happy that Eberhardt will sign a letter of intent to attend Post on April 17.
Eberhardt will receive a partial scholarship for both basketball and academics. Post is coming off of an 11-16 season and plays in the Central Athletic Collegiate Conference.
The 5-foot-3 Eberhardt had a brilliant career at Thomaston leading the Bears to the Class S championship game and helping the program win three BL titles and two BL Tournament titles in the last four years including both crowns this past season. She scored, 1,103 points in her career, second behind Amy Matthews on the Thomaston girls all-time list.
She finished this past season averaging more than 17 points a game, saving her best games against the Bears top competition, Nonnewaug and Lewis Mills.
Eberhardt was also considering Central Connecticut and held off on her decision to see if there was other interest. While some Division III schools, including Eastern Connecticut, expressed interest, Post fit her considerations, both financially and from a basketball-perspective.
“Post followed me during the season, they kept up with me,” said Eberhardt. “I wanted to go where I was going to play. I expect to play at Post. Eastern wanted me but I didn’t think I would play as much as I wanted.”
Eberhardt is stepping into a bigger pond and she realizes it. A solid ball handler and All-Stater at Thomaston with a penchant for drilling the three-pointer and the ability to go to the basket, she realizes there is a bit of starting over here.
“On a college level I have to prove myself,’ said Eberhardt. “I have to improve. I get to the paint but I don’t get to the foul line enough. At the college level it is different. I have to get to weight training this summer. I think I’m okay with the threes and during my sophomore year coach McMahon told me I have to be quicker. He bought me a jump rope and I came back my junior year and I was okay.”
McMahon was thrilled for his star guard.
‘I am really happy for Maggie,” said McMahon. “I will go and watch her and I hope things work out for her.”