What team? Wildcats!: Tri-athlete becomes Wildcat basketball player

Emily Goben
News/Opinion Editor

Senior Eliza Maupin smiles at the camera as she walks by. Photo by Bridget Moehlman

Basketball star Eliza Maupin will play women’s basketball at Kansas State University next year, and plans to major in architecture.

Maupin has excelled in basketball throughout her time in high school, totaling more than 1,000 points and 700 rebounds. Maupin also was awarded All-State, All-Metro, All-Conference, District Player of the Year and STL Post-Dispatch Player of the Week.

“Eliza has become a well rounded young person in the game of basketball. She has put in the work, and it is paying off. I am extremely proud of her and her accomplishments,” women’s basketball coach Joshua Spuhl said.

Spuhl has impacted Maupin not only as a player, but also as a person.

“He’s awesome, just takes care of his players as people as well,” Maupin said.

Other people who have supported Maupin during her time in high school include her supportive family and her teammate and close friend, senior Jenna Clark.

Maupin didn’t realize she wanted to play college basketball until she started to get offers from different colleges. Maupin narrowed her choices down to Kansas State University or St. Louis University, but ultimately chose K State after a two year long deliberation.

“I just love the feel there; it’s super awesome,” Maupin said.

Maupin says her favorite high school memory was competing in the 2022 Show-Me Showdown.

“Going to state in basketball was super exciting, just like in high school, having that experience,” Maupin said.
However, basketball is not the only sport in which Maupin shines. Maupin also won high jump in the track and field state competition – twice.

Additionally, Maupin is a member of the volleyball team, making her a three sport athlete.
Despite all the time Maupin dedicates to athletics, she has been able to find time to be a participant in Students as Advocates.

If Maupin could give one piece of advice to her freshman year self it would be to step out of her comfort zone.


Emily Goben – News/Opinion Editor

This will be Emily Goben’s first year on ECHO staff, but she made several contributions while taking journalism class her sophomore year.

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