Giebelhausen caught head coach Cindy Stein's eye when both were in Peoria, Ill.--Stein at ICC and Giebelhausen at East Peoria High.
June 20, 2014
By John Lock
The SIU women's basketball program is welcoming in four newcomers to the 2014-15 squad, Kylie Giebelhausen, Micah Norris, Blair Stephenson and Celina VanHyfte. The foursome is in Carbondale for four weeks getting ready for the upcoming season and getting acclimated to Southern Illinois. We're going to profile one of the newcomers in each of the upcoming four weeks. We profiled Stephenson last week. This week, it's Kylie Giebelhausen's turn.
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Kylie Giebelhausen caught SIU head coach Cindy Stein's eye when Stein was coaching at Illinois Central College. The first problem: Giebelhausen wanted to go outside of Peoria for her college education. The solution: Stein came to SIU before Giebelhausen's senior year and offered the sweet-shooting, 6-1 guard a scholarship. Giebelhausen jumped at the chance to come to Carbondale.
The first thing you notice about Giebelhausen is her size. Standing at a lanky 6-1, Giebelhausen is much longer than a typical guard at any level, but that wasn't always the case. She was always the smallest member of her team until she reached eighth grade and hit a growth spurt. Suddenly, she went from the shortest player to the tallest, and she took advantage.
She played point guard since picking up the game in first grade, learning ball handling and an outside stroke. After the growth spurt, she added drives to the lane, finishing over smaller defenders and guarding in the post to her repertoire.
Giebelhausen's secret: a hard work ethic. She was lightly recruited in high school and didn't have a lot of Division I attention. But the same work ethic that got her a deadly outside shot combined with an all-around game has kept her striving towards playing time in her first season at SIU, where she's already embracing the faster-paced play.
"I don't mind being pushed. I like setting goals and then getting there," Giebelhausen said. "With running the 300-yard shuffles (this summer at SIU), I saw people getting the Super Dawg shirts (for outstanding conditioning). I wanted to get one of those this summer. I went as fast as I could."
Just 10 days into her four-week summer stay at SIU, Giebelhausen was wearing a Super Dawg shirt of her own. Her goals go beyond playing time, a top-half of the MVC finish for the Salukis this year, and Super Dawg shirts, however. Giebelhausen is already eying the Dean's List as an academic goal and a 3.5 GPA for her time in Carbondale.
"I want to be thought of as something other than an athlete," she said.
Giebelhausen is a level-headed rookie who knows that cracking the rotation won't be easy as a first-year player, but her high school progression--from a deep-shooting freshman who was nervous about driving the lane to an All-State senior with a refined All-Around game--could prove to be a good blueprint for what's to come for her in a Saluki uniform.