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tBBC Making The List: Jantel Lavender

Discussion in 'News' started by jcollingsworth, Feb 19, 2016.

  1. Making The List: Jantel Lavender
    jcollingsworth
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    College basketball is coming into their final stretch before Tournaments. The Ohio State University Women’s team is doing absolutely fantastic. They are currently ranked at # 5 nationally and lead the Big Ten.

    This brings up the right time to honor one of the greatest Women to ever play for The Ohio State University.

    I am speaking of Jantel Lavender.

    Born in Cleveland in 1988 she would go onto play for Cleveland Central Catholic High School where she was a star beyond comprehension. She would be selected as a 2007 McDonald’s and WBCA All-American, the 2007 Gatorade State Player of the Year, named the 2007 Ms. Ohio Player of the Year by the Associated Press, a member of the 2007 Parade Magazine and EA Sports All-America first teams and USA Today All-USA second team. She’d also be a three-time Division III Player of the Year (2005, ’06 and ’07); and a Wendy’s High School Heisman award finalist, a four-time member of The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s “Best of the Best” Girls All-Star Team and was the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Player of the Year in 2007 after accumulating an impressive 1,978 points, 1,278 rebounds and 527 assists in four varsity seasons. As a senior in 2006-07 she would be the dominant factor in bringing the school a Division III state title…

    My head is spinning! This is just High School. And trust me when I say I left some of her accomplishments out – there are just soooo many!

    Once at The Ohio State University Jantel quickly made her presence known. In four years she played in 136 games, starting in all 136. She would pass the great Katie Smith in total points in her Buckeye Career with 2,818 – currently the record. She also owns the rebounding record for the Buckeyes with 1,422. She recorded the most points in a single season (2010-11) with 774. She is at 3 on the Buckeyes list in rebounds in a single game with 22 verses Indiana on January 5, 2011 in an 83-65 win.

    In Jantel’s four years with the Buckeyes she would lead the team in points and averages: 2007-08 in 31 games she hit for 541 points and averaged 17.6. In 2008-09, in 35 games she would increase that total to 728 points, averaging 20.8. Her junior year, 2009-10, in 36 games she would jump that figure up to 769 points, averaging 21.4; and in her final year in Columbus Jantel scored an impressive 774 points in 34 games, averaging 22.8.

    Those totals I just mentioned …. are the most points scored in a single season for the Buckeyes for a Sophomore (2008-09) 728; the most for a Junior (2009-10) 769, and for a Senior (2010-11) 774.

    Some of her other notable accomplishments while roaming the Oval are:

    2009, 2010, 2011 WBCA All-America

    2009, 2010, 2011 USBWA First Team All-America

    2010, 2011 Associated Press First Team All-America

    2009 Associated Press Second Team All-America

    2008 Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America

    2008 (coaches), 2009, 2010, 2011 (media) Big Ten Player of the Year

    2008 Big Ten Freshman of the Year

    2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 First Team All-Big Ten

    2009, 2010, 2011 Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player

    2008 Big Ten All-Freshman Team

    2009 Preseason WNIT co-MVP

    Amazing huh?

    She would move onto the next level as the Los Angeles Sparks in 2011 of the WNBA would select her 5th overall.

    In 2015 she’d be a WNBA All-Star.

    Currently Jantel is playing with Fenerbahçe Women’s Basketball of Istanbul. They compete in the Turkish Women’s Basketball League & Euro-League Women’s. She is an International star that no longer belongs to Cleveland….

    But Jantel is a Buckeye and always will be regardless if she is in LA or Istanbul … such places will never drain that Scarlet & Gray from her veins, and that is because she understands the love Buckeye Nation has for their stars and the loyalty generated. Jantel deserves notice in Making the List because, well, she is unquestionably one of the greatest women to ever play basketball for The Ohio State University. And it would be one of my greatest errors in the progression of this column to NOT include her. Jantel is indeed a GREAT BUCKEYE.

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