Seraphine Bastin’s ‘Huge Experience’ Paying Off for Shockers

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When Seraphine Bastin stepped onto Devlin Court at Charles Koch Arena during her official visit, she sensed a special moment was upon her.

After spending her early years in Dinant, Belgium, she decided to turn down offers from Kentucky, Wake Forest and Butler to compete for Wichita State.

Seven games into the Shockers’ season, Bastin has been the starting point guard in every contest and has embraced her role as Wichita State’s floor general.

“I thought it was a huge experience for me because I come from Europe and it’s far away,” Bastin said. “I was happy to work with a coach like Coach Adams and [associate head] Coach Ewa [Laskowska]. That was a huge opportunity for me to improve myself and be better and to grow up.”

Adams was persistent in convincing Bastin to commit to the Shockers, FaceTiming her twice a week during the recruiting period. In those conversations, the coaching staff was able to see if the 5-foot-8-inch point guard would fit into their on-court system, in addition to easily blending with the team off the court.

Watch Tennessee Tech vs. Wichita State Women’s Basketball – Sunday, December 2nd at 2pm CST on YurView Kansas (Cox Ch. 2022) and streaming live on yurview.com.

After those digital meetings, Adams knew that Bastin was who she wanted to run her team’s offense for the 2018-19 season.

“I felt like after getting to know her and through those conversations, I thought she had a good energy and a good vibe,” Adams said. “I think she’s pretty positive, and just had a good personality and seemed like she’d be a good teammate, being somebody that I could see helping us on the floor and somebody you’d enjoy being around.”

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With five out of six of Wichita State’s leading scorers from last season graduating, Adams needed a point guard who would take control of her team. Bastin possessed that confidence and hit the ground running for the Shockers in practice after leading the U18/19 Belgian National Team to the 2017 FIBA U18 European Championship. Following the first month of preparation heading into the season opener, Adams officially named Bastin the starting point guard.

“We talked about our situation,” Adams said. “Knowing that we had eight seniors (last year) and we were going to have 10 new players, we talked about her coming in here and we would be looking for her to bring work ethic as a leadership role and I think she understood that there was an opportunity here for her.”

In addition to leading Wichita State in assists while shooting 44 percent from the floor, Bastin’s calm and collected play down the stretch has helped the Shockers to a 5-2 start to the season. During the second game of the season against Missouri State, the freshman point guard courageously found freshman Carla Bremaud for a 3-pointer that forced the game into overtime. With the help of Bastin’s decision making, the Shockers picked up a three-point win.

Bremaud thinks that Bastin’s confidence with the basketball only benefits the team and raises everyone’s game.

“I feel like when she’s in the position to drive [to the basket], she will take it,” Bremaud said. “Every time when someone is going to drive, help [defense] is going to come. That means someone will be open. So, every time she has the opportunity to drive she will do it and have a partner open or [have] a layup.”

With Bastin guiding the Shockers to their best seven-game start since the 2014-15 season, her mindset going forward is to improve going forward and is confident that she can do that as the season, as well as her college career, continue.

“The coaches really trusted me and I was very happy because I wanted to bring something new to the team,” Bastin said. “I need to progress in a lot of areas because I’m new here…I think I’m going to be better.”

Watch Tennessee Tech vs. Wichita State Women’s Basketball – Sunday, December 2nd at 2pm CST on YurView Kansas (Cox Ch. 2022) and streaming live on yurview.com.