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#42 Jantel Lavender
Position: Center
Height: 6'4"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
High School: Cleveland Central Catholic
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Jantel Lavender Biography
Courtesy: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Release: 06/29/2007

Selected 5th overall by the Los Angeles Sparks in the 2011 WNBA Draft
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

2010-11 - SENIOR
WBCA/State Farm and USBWA All-America for the third consecutive year ... Associated Press first team All-America for the second straight year ... Big Ten co-player of the year (media), becoming the first women’s or men’s basketball player in conference history to earn the award four times ... only women’s basketball player among the Big Ten, ACC, Big East, Big 12, Pac-10 or SEC to accomplish the feat ... Ohio State’s all-time leading scorer (2,818 points) ... only the second player in Big Ten history to record 2,800 points ... Big Ten’s all-time rebounding leader (1,422) ... set an OSU single-season record with 774 points ... scored in double-figures in all 136 career games, an NCAA record for consecutive games with 10+ points ... school-record 136 consecutive starts.  ... Naismith, Wade and Wooden finalist ... led the Big Ten and ranked sixth in the NCAA with 22.8 ppg ... led the Big Ten and ranked 15th in the NCAA with 10.9 rebounds ... shot 54.8 percent from the field, tops in the Big Ten and 17th nationally ... had five 30-point games ... played all 200 minutes in Ohio State's final five postseason games ... NCAA tournament career high 30 points in the first round win over UCF … Big Ten tournament Most Outstanding Player for a record third year … averaged 23.7 points per game, 12.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 63.8 percent from the field in the three wins  … set a Big Ten tournament single-game scoring record with 37 points in the semifinal win over No. 1 seed Michigan State ... Big Ten player of the week Nov. 15, Nov. 29, Dec. 5, Jan. 10, Feb. 14 and Feb. 21, setting a Big Ten record with 19 career POW honors ... scored a career-high 37 points on 16-of-22 from the field in the season opener at Temple ... 32 points in the win over No. 11 Oklahoma ... 33 points and 15 boards vs. USC-Upstate ... 29 points in 21 minutes on 12-of-13 shooting vs. BCU ... set a Value City Arena record with 22 rebounds in the win over Indiana, the most rebounds by an Ohio State player since 1976 ... 18 boards at Michigan ... 20 double-doubles on the season, including six in her last seven games.

2009-10 - JUNIOR
WBCA/State Farm Coaches All-America, the third Ohio State player to win the honor in consecutive seasons ... USBWA First Team All-America ... Associated Press first team All-America ... Big Ten Player of the Year for the third-consecutive season by both the coaches and media and unanimous choice for first team All-Big Ten ... Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding player for the second year in a row ... scored a season-high and tournament record 35 points in the championship game against Iowa ... also went over 2,000 career points in that game, becoming the first Buckeye to score 2,000 points in her junior season ... set an Ohio State single-season record with 769 points, good for fourth on the Big Ten all-time single-season list ... totaled 372 rebounds, two shy of the Big Ten record of 374 she set as a sophomore ... had 27 points in the Big Ten tournament semifinal win over Wisconsin  ... on pace to become Ohio State's all-time leading scorer ... was named to the Wooden, Wade and Naismith Trophy watch lists ... has scored in double-figures in all 102 career games, the longest active streak in Division I ... 20 double-doubles on the season ... Big Ten leader with 21.4 ppg, good for 10th nationally ... had 23 games with 20+ points and four 30-point games ... second in the Big Ten in rebounding with 10.3 rpg and first in FG% (.514) ... shot .776 percent from the free throw line ... just the second player in program history to record at least 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 125 blocked shots in a career ... one of only three players in Division I to average at least 20.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and shoot 50 percent ... Big Ten POW March 1, her fifth of the season and 14th overall ... Buckeye Classic and WNIT co-MVP ... scored 33 points and 14 rebounds in win over No. 15 California Nov. 29 ... 31 points in win at Illinois ... had 30 points on 12-of-13 shooting against UAB ... 26 points in the WNIT championship against Oklahoma State.

2008-09 - SOPHOMORE
State Farm/WBCA Coaches All-America ... USBWA First Team All-America ... Second Team Associated Press All-America ... Big Ten Player of the Year for the second-consecutive season in leading Ohio State to a record-tying fifth-straight Big Ten regular-season and tournament championship ... the sixth player in Big Ten women’s basketball history to earn the award in back-to-back seasons ... only the second player in conference history to complete the statistical triple crown, leading the conference in points (20.0), rebounds (9.9) and shooting percentage (.549) in conference action ... led the Big Ten in scoring (20.8), rebounding (10.7), FG percentage (.541) and double-doubles (24) in all games despite constant double and sometimes triple teams ... was the only Division I player to rank in the Top 20 in scoring, rebounding and FG percentage ... set a Big Ten and Ohio State single-season record with 374 rebounds ... was the Big Ten Tournament's Most Outstanding Player ... set a single tournament record with 41 rebounds in the three wins over Illinois, Iowa and Purdue ... had 17 rebounds in the Iowa game, the second-most in tournament history ... averaged 22.7 points, 13.7 rebounds and shot 64 percent from the field with three double-doubles in the three Big Ten tournament victories ... led the Buckeyes in scoring in 28 of 35 games ... led the Big Ten with 21 games of 20 or more points and had two games with 30 or more ... scored 20 or more points in eight of the first nine games – five against 2008 NCAA tournament teams ... was named the Big Ten player of the week a record-tying five times ... became the second-fastest player in the history of Ohio State women’s basketball to score 1,000 points ... had 1,275 career points, breaking Katie Smith’s school record of 1,194 points in her first two seasons as a Buckeye ... had 24 double-doubles on the season ... scored a season-high 32 points and tied a career highs with 15 made FG’s and four blocked shots at Iowa Feb. 12 ... shot 71 percent from the field in that game with 10 rebounds and three assists ... scored 29 points on 12-of-13 shooting (.923) in the win over Delaware State Dec. 16 ... the 92.3 percent is tied for second on the Ohio State single-game list ... scored 30 points and tied a career-high with 15 field goals in the win over Illinois Jan. 22 ... recorded 27 points and 13 rebounds in a nine-point loss to No. 2 North Carolina ... had one blocked shot that appeared on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays ... named the Buckeye Classic MVP Nov. 30 after recording 40 points, 24 rebounds, six assists, four blocks and hitting 16-of-18 from the FT line in wins over Boston and Dayton ... grabbed a career-high 19 boards in season-opener against Butler.

2007-08 - FRESHMAN
Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America ... Big Ten Player of the Year (coaches), becoming the first Big Ten freshman – men's or women’s – to win player of the year honors ... Big Ten Freshman of the Year, First-Team All-Big Ten and a member of the All-Freshman Team ... averaged 17.6 ppg, 9.9 rpg and shot 51 percent from the field in her rookie season ... helped Ohio State to its fourth-consecutive Big Ten championship ... named the Big Ten player of the week for a record fourth time March 3, the most by a Big Ten freshman in conference history ... set Ohio State freshman records for field goals (232) and rebounds (306) in a season ... her 306 rebounds is tied for second all-time with Jessica Davenport who pulled down 306 during her senior season in 2006-07 ... averaged the second-most points per game by a freshman in Ohio State history with 17.6 ppg ... set an Ohio State freshman record with 36 points – tied for fourth on Ohio State’s all-time single-game list – and grabbed 16 rebounds in the win at Penn State Feb. 28 ... was 12-of-14 from the FT line, hitting her first 12 attempts ... scored 30 points on 15-of-23 shooting and had eight rebounds at Purdue Feb. 7 ... the 15 made FG’s are tied for fourth all-time on Ohio State’s single-game list ... first Ohio State freshman to be named to the Naismith midseason watch list ... the second-leading freshman scorer and third-leading freshman rebounder in the country with 17.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game ... ranked among the Top 3 in the Big Ten in scoring, rebounding and FG percentage ... scored in double figures in all 31 games with 13 double-doubles ... named the Big Ten Player of the Week for a third time Jan. 14 - the first Big Ten frosh to win it three times since 2000-01 - after averaging 19.0 ppg and 13.0 rpg in wins over Indiana and Northwestern ... recorded 23 points and 13 rebounds against the Hoosiers and 15 and 12 at Northwestern ... became the first OSU freshman since Katie Smith in 1993 to be named Big Ten Player of the Week Nov. 20 ... recorded a double-double in her first collegiate game with 13 points and 14 rebounds in the win over Marist Nov. 11 ... recorded 24 points and 15 rebounds against Ole Miss and recorded 23 points and 14 rebounds against Indiana Jan. 10 ... scored 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting to go along with five rebounds and three blocks in the win over Tennessee State ... had 21 points and hit 9-of-9 from the FT line in the win at Boston University Nov. 17 ... Named to the Buckeye Classic All-Tournament team with 22 points and 17 rebounds vs. Auburn ... led Ohio State with 21 points and nine rebounds in the NCAA tournament vs. Florida State.

Selected as 2007 McDonald's and WBCA All-American ... 2007 Gatorade State Player of the Year ... named 2007 Ms. Ohio Player of the Year by Associated Press ... member of 2007 Parade Magazine and EA Sports All-America first teams and USA Today All-USA second team ... second-team high school All-American pick by Street & Smith in 2006 ... three-time Ohio Division III Player of the Year (2005, '06 and '07) ... a Wendy's High School Heisman award finalist ... four-time member of The Cleveland Plain Dealer's "Best of the Best" Girls All-Star Team ... also was the 2007 Cleveland Plain Dealer Player of the Year ... tallied 1,978 points, 1,278 rebounds and 527 assists in four varsity seasons ... became school's all-time leading scorer and rebounder as a junior ... as a senior in 2006-07, started all 26 games and averaged 23.0 ppg. and 17.0 rpg to help her squad to 25-1 and a Division III state title ... as a junior in 2005-06, averaged 23.7 ppg., 18.0 rpg., 4.0 apg., 3.5 spg and 4.0 bpg. while leading her team to a 19-4 record ... helped CCC to a 24-2 record as a sophomore in 2004-05, after averaging 22.0 ppg., 18.0 rpg., 2.7 apg., 2.0 spg and 4.3 bpg ... averaged 18.0 ppg., 14.0 rpg., 1.0 apg., 1.4 spg and 2.7 bpg. as a freshman in 2003-04 to help her squad to a 20-4 record ... named First Team Preseason All-American Team 2006 by HoopGurlz.com in 2006 ... USA Today Junior All-American and Student Sports Junior All-American ... Ohio Div. III All-State First Team in 2005 ... All-Metro First Team in 2005 ... Rankings: No. 1 center/forward by HoopGurlz.com and All-Star Girls Report; No. 3 overall player by HoopGurlz.com and All-Star Girls Report ... selected to the all-state first team in 2006 and 2007 and the second teams in 2004 and 2005 ... Street & Smith honorable mention All-American in 2004 ... Nike All-America Camp invitee in 2004 ... earned All-District First Team recognition in 2004 ... honored as an all-league, all-county and all-district selection in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 ... named to the Parade Magazine All-America third team in 2006.

Member of the 2009 USA World University Games Team that went undefeated and won a gold medal in Belgrade, Serbia ... averaged 10.4 points and 7.1 rebounds, including 14 points in the gold medal game win over Russia ... second-leading scorer (16.0) and rebounder (8.1) on 2007 USA U19 World Championship Team that went 9-0 and won gold medal ... member of the 2006 USA U18 National Team that went 4-0 and won the gold medal at the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship ... win qualified USA for the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship ... averaged 5.8 ppg and 6.3 rpg in just under 13 minutes a game ... saw her best outing against Paraguay with 10 points and 12 rebounds ... grabbed six rebounds to go with five points against Argentina in the medal semifinals.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio ... now resides in Euclid, Ohio ... Daughter of Freddie and Robin Lavender, has one brother, Freddie, and a twin sister, Jazmine ... also played volleyball in high school and was named all-state and all-league first team ... member of National Honor Society and graduated Summa Cum Laude ... brother played college football and basketball ... aspires to be a women's basketball announcer or coach ... majoring in Sport and Leisure Studies.

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