Making A Change: Kansas State Women Lose Teammate

Kansas State women’s basketball lost a player this week. It’s that time of year. Players consider their options and many decide to look for greener pastures.

Kansas State coach Jeff Mittie will not only lose a player from this season’s 23-win team, he loses a local player.

Wamego’s Lanie Page is one of many college athletes who made the decision this week to leave a school and try something new.

What makes this move difficult is that her sister Kaylee is also a member of the Wildcat women’s team.

It does seem like there are more athletes on the move now. However, with access to so much more information, I think we simply hear more of this news

The Big 12 men’s team in Lawrence lost a five-star player this past week.

During final four basketball coverage last week, CBS and ESPN reminded viewers of numerous athletes who started here, transferred there and or decided to finish someplace else.

Bruce Weber and the Kansas State men’s team lost two players during the 2016-17 season.

Redshirt freshman forward Lanie Page did see action in 25 games for Kansas State this season.

You may remember when she came off the bench to score 16 points against Iowa State. She scored 6 points in 17 minutes of action in the season finale against Stanford.

Page changed her mind on a decision to attend Nebraska and decided to wear purple instead of red after her sister Kaylee left Lincoln for Manhattan.

The pressure on young people, especially student athletes is enormous. I’m sure the Page family had a long talk before any decision to leave KSU was finalized.

She missed the 2015 season with shoulder problems and depending on where she transfers may have to miss next season.

In addition to basketball, Lanie is an outstanding student. According to her Kansas State bio, she earned a spot on the 2017 Academic All-Big 12 second team.