It's not hard to find out what kind of a basketball player Megan Jensen of Davis is. You can even tell before the tip-off of a game she is playing in. All you have to do is look at her knees.
Covered with floor-burn scrapes, scabs, bruises and scars, Jensen's knees could very well be the worst looking in the state. They are knees that Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan would be proud of as they display the tenacity, aggressiveness and hustle Jensen plays every game with.That attitude is just one of the reasons why Jensen was selected as Ms. Basketball of 1996, presented by the Deseret News in recognition of the best all-around player in the state. Jensen becomes the second player to be awarded the honor, following in the footsteps of last year's inaugural winner Emily Freeze of Timpview.
The 5-foot-7 point guard claims that she got her fierce attitude through her "relaxing" hobby of playing soccer.
"Soccer put that in me for playing basketball," Jensen said of her aggressive demeanor. "It's fun to dive around and get a loose ball."
The hustle paid off for Jensen in soccer as well as she was named the 5A MVP after scoring the winning goal for the Darts in the state championship game.
A first-team all-state selection last year, Jensen tried to improve every part of her game during the summer while playing AAU ball, something Dart head coach Chimane Creer feels she accomplished.
"She really improved her overall game both on offense and defense," Creer said. "The biggest thing is that she cut down on her turnovers. . .and she had twice as many steals as last year."
One thing Jensen was happy to get over with before the season began was deciding which college she would attend. Both her and teammate Jill Adams signed up to play the next four years at BYU.
"It was a hard decision but it was nice not to have to worry about it," Jensen added.Comment on this story
With that decision gone, Jensen was able to concentrate on the season ahead of her. In helping the Darts to a 23-1 record and a second place finish in 5A, Jensen averaged 17.5 points, five assists and three rebounds per game.
But the game that typified her season the most was the title contest against Mountain View. Trailing by 10 points with less than two minutes to play, Jensen keyed a Dart rally with a pair of steals and a 3-pointer that helped Davis cut the gap to one point before time ran out.
"She wasn't going to let the slightest thing get to her or take away from her game," Creer added.
Nothing else would be expected.