MOORHEAD — Megan Roob didn’t have to think very long after she received an offer from Minnesota State Moorhead and head women’s basketball coach Karla Nelson.
The decision was easy for the Richland Colts junior.
“They’ve always been at the top of my list. I’ve always dreamed of playing for them ever since I was really little,” said Roob, who has one more high school season with the Colts. “When coach Nelson reached out to me and said she liked how I played and then the recruiting process started, I was blown away. I still can’t believe it’s real. When I had that (offer) sitting right in front of me, it’s hard not to take it right away.”
Roob announced earlier this week via Twitter that she verbally committed to the Dragons. She will join the program for the 2022-2023 season. The 5-foot-9 guard is a two-time, second-team North Dakota Class B all-state selection. She has started on varsity since eighth grade.
I’m so excited to announce my verbal commitment to play college basketball for @MSUM_WBB! I want to thank the coaching staff for giving me this opportunity and all of the support from my community and high school coaches. I can’t wait to join the Dragon family! @MSUMDragons pic.twitter.com/kOdRDN7MIm
I’m so excited to announce my verbal commitment to play college basketball for @MSUM_WBB! I want to thank the coaching staff for giving me this opportunity and all of the support from my community and high school coaches. I can’t wait to join the Dragon family! @MSUMDragons pic.twitter.com/kOdRDN7MIm— megan roob (@roob_megan) May 6, 2021
Nelson has guided the Dragons to 20 consecutive winning seasons — one of the factors that appealed to Roob.
“I was always brought up with you have to work for what you want, work for what you get, and I feel like that’s something that coach Nelson really values in a player,” Roob said. “I feel like that will tie in really well with her style of coaching and my style of play.”
Roob averaged 20.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game during her junior season with the Colts, who finished 10-11 overall and advanced to the Region 1 quarterfinals. She shot 51% from the field and 49% from 3-point range. Richland is in Colfax, N.D., about a half hour south of Fargo-Moorhead.
She has 1,647 career points heading into her final season with the Colts.
“It is a relief,” Roob said of committing to the Dragons. “Right now, I feel like I am on Cloud 9.”
Roob added knowing where she is going to play college basketball will provide motivation during her offseason.
“It’s more of a drive for me to work every single day I am in the gym,” Roob said. “I feel like I have more of a purpose to be there.”
Austin Roob, Megan’s older brother, is an offensive lineman on the Minnesota State Moorhead football team. Megan said being around the MSUM campus due to her brother provided a level of familiarity that also played into her decision to commit to the Dragons.
"So excited for the lil sister!" Austin wrote on his Twitter account. "Can't wait to watch you continue to do what you do!"
Megan said playing Division II basketball has always been her goal.
“It’s super close to home,” Roob said. “It’s still like the small-town community feel and there’s so much support through the school that I’ve seen.”