Megan Compain

​(1975 - )

Basketball

 

Wanganui born Megan made history in 1997 when she became the first New Zealand player to secure a contract to play professional basketball in the United States, signing on with the Utah Starzz for the inaugural WNBA championship, being the youngest National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) player in the league at the age of 21.

Her skills as a very accurate shooting guard led to further contracts to play in the German Bundesliga first division (for Wurzburg) and Finnish national league (with Lahti) as well as in Wales.

Megan first gained selection in the New Zealand women’s Tall Blacks in 1998. She was selected in the New Zealand women’s basketball team to compete at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and she gained selection again for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

Megan’s earlier career included playing for Wanganui High School and for the Wanganui representatives before leaving the city at the age of 16 when she accepted an exchange student scholarship to attend Middle Township High School (roll of 850-plus students) in New Jersey.

While playing for St. Joseph’s University Hawks (STJ) in Philadelphia she was twice named Atlanta 10 Player of the week, won selection in the All-Atlanta 10 Team in her senior year, was the 1997 Big Five Player of the Year and was named in the Big Five Hall of Fame after leading STJ to victory in the Atlanta Top 10 championship.

During her four years at the University Megan was three times a first team all-Big Time and all-time Atlanta selection for STJ which qualified for the 1994, 1995 and 1997 NCAA Tournaments. She finished with 1497 pts, 443 rebounds and an 82.4 per cent accuracy.

When she signed with the Utah Starzz Megan, joint holder of the NCAA All Time Single Game 3 Point Shooting Record of 7/7 against Rhode Island in 1997, was playing alongside Russian superstar Elena Baranova.

After the Athens Olympic Games Megan Compain was appointed Adidas Basketball Global Manager for Europe, being based in Nuremburg (2005-07) and Amsterdam (2007-09), before returning to New Zealand to be married and join the New Zealand Rugby Union as marketing and relationship sponsorship manager.

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