COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior center Jantel Lavender has been named to the Associated Press’ 2010-11 Preseason All-America Team, voted on from a 65-member national media panel. It marks the second straight year the Cleveland native has been named to the preseason team.
Lavender, a two-time WBCA All-American, averaged 21.4 points, 10.3 rebounds and shot 51.4 percent from the field last season in leading Ohio State to a record 31 wins, a sixth straight Big Ten regular season and second straight tournament title. Lavender, who became the first Buckeye to score 2,000 points in her junior season, won Big Ten player of the year honors for the third year in a row and was the Big Ten tournament’s most outstanding player after setting a tournament championship game record with 35 points in the win over Iowa. She has scored in double figures in all 102 career games, the longest active streak in the nation entering the 2010-11 season.
Lavender recently was picked to win her fourth Big Ten player of the year honor last week at the Big Ten basketball media day in Chicago. She and the Buckeyes also were tabbed to win a record seventh consecutive Big Ten regular season championship.
The Buckeyes, who are ranked No. 7 in both the preseason Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls, tip off the season at 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 12 at Temple. The home opener is at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 14 against Eastern Michigan.
The Associated Press 2010-11 Preseason All-America team:
Maya Moore, Connecticut, 6-foot, senior, 40 votes (18.9 ppg, 8.3 rpg)
Brittney Griner, Baylor, 6-8, sophomore, 36 votes (18.4 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 6.4 blocks)
Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Stanford, 6-2, junior, 34 votes (18.5 ppg, 9.9 rpg)
Jantel Lavender, Ohio State, 6-4, senior, 21 votes (21.4 ppg, 10.3 rpg)
Danielle Robinson, Oklahoma, 5-9, senior, 18 votes (16.8 ppg, 5.3 apg)