The decision may have been hard, but it’s hard to argue that it didn’t work out perfectly for women’s basketball player Deanna Weaver.
Battling injuries and head coach Paul Westhead’s run-and-shoot offense at the University of Oregon, Weaver, a junior guard/forward, made the decision to transfer to another school — a difficult one considering the tight-knit family she had with the Ducks.
“It was a hard decision to leave Oregon,” Weaver said. “I loved those girls and the coaching staff and everyone there was great. It was definitely a career decision. I needed a fresh start.”
Luckily for Weaver, the stars aligned and led her straight to Boise State.
On Jan. 18, 2013, the University of Oregon gave Weaver a full release from her scholarship, allowing her the option to transfer to any school she wanted to — opening up her recruitment once again.
Only this time, programs were in the middle of their seasons; more focused on playing than recruiting.
Luck was still on Weaver’s side however. Boise State had just had a player leave the program before Weaver’s release from the Ducks. That opened up a scholarship for her to come in immediately.
Then redshirt junior guard Brandi Henton, a former classmate and track and field teammate of Weaver back in the third grade, lured her friend to Boise State.
By February, Weaver was enrolled in classes at the university and was rehabbing a stress reaction on her left foot that had confounded Oregon trainers.
“(Weaver) has been great,” Boise State head coach Gordy Presnell said. “We were all very fortunate to have had such a quick switch.”
Except for some struggles getting classes as a mid-term enrollee and having to change her major, Weaver’s transition to the Broncos was as seamless as possible.
The left foot injury that had riddled her for her career at Oregon healed, she built chemistry with her new teammates and adapted to a new area — her decision to start fresh had paid off.
“It was a very easy transition, especially with Brandi,” Weaver said. “The coaches didn’t put any pressure on me to return too quickly.”
With her foot finally healed, Weaver began to improve her game to reach the potential she felt she could hit.
The Oregon coaching staff had given her all of the notes that they had kept on her, all of the weaknesses, flaws and strengths that she needed to work on.
Weaver used those notes and set out on improving herself — becoming a stronger player, having a better mindset, improving defensively and most importantly, being a player that could make a difference on a game.
So far, the results have been good.
In only six games, Weaver leads the Broncos in scoring and steals at 15.3 and 2.2 respectively and is second in rebounding at 6.5 per game.
The Broncos were 4-2 in those six games, including a 66-64 win over Cal State Fullerton in Weaver’s debut with Boise State.
“(Deanna) is very long and very athletic,” Presnell said. “Other teams key on her which only improves the rest of our team. It’s worked better than we could have ever hoped for.”
Weaver would be quick to agree with Presnell’s.