Megan Klein knows she has the tools to play college basketball.
The Killdeer senior is also humble enough to know she still has some work to do.
"I believe that if I keep working, it'll get there eventually," said Klein, a two-time all-Region 7 selection.
On Wednesday, the 6-foot-1 center took her first step toward that level by signing a National Letter of Intent to play for the University of Mary women's basketball team beginning in the 2012-13 season.
"Right now, I don't think I'm as fast as the college level," Klein said. "I'm skinny. I need to beef up some more. But I think if I work at it, I can get there."
Though her mother, Lavae Klein, is a Dickinson State alumna, Megan said she has long been drawn to U-Mary.
"We've been able to watch her over the years," Marauders head coach Fred Fridley said. "We developed a relationship with her, we got her to our basketball camps in the summer and we were watched her for a week here on our campus play as well."
Klein said Fridley was the first coach to contact her about playing collegiately and when he continued to keep close tabs on her, she did the same to the Marauders.
"I had been watching, I've been paying attention to how they do," Klein said "I just like how Fridley runs things."
Klein is one of Class B's top 10 returning scorers and rebounders heading into the 2011-12 season.
She averaged 17.4 points and 10.5 rebounds a game and had 32 blocks per game last season while leading the Cowboys to the Region 7 championship game, where they lost to Beach.
She also has the ability to shoot 3-pointers and is strong at driving to the basket, something Fridley said will translate well to the college game.
"She can spread the floor for you," Fridley said. "Any time you can find a 6-foot post player who can shoot the 3, along with going to post, in college, that helps you spread the floor more."
Klein said she is fully healed from a left leg injury in May.
In a track and field practice accident, Klein fractured her left femur and tore the anterior cruciate ligament.
In October she returned to the Cowboys' volleyball team and played in their final five matches, which helped her prepare for what appears to be a promising basketball season.
Killdeer returns several players from last year's team and Klein said she can't wait to get the new season started.
"I think we're going to be really fast," Klein said. "We'll be big, and from the open gyms we've had the last couple weeks, you can definitely tell the younger girls have put in a lot of time in the offseason. They're all positive and waiting to play. I'm excited. I think it's going to be a fun year."