2008 Big Ten Player of the Year reveals who inspires her most and what the tatoo on her wrist means

Jantel Lavender, the 2008 Big Ten Player of the Year as a freshman, has picked up right where she left off last season. She has opened her 2008-09 sophomore campaign with eight-consecutive double-double outings in points and rebounds.

Lavender was featured in the Official Game Day Magazine vs. North Carolina. In the story, Lavender offered insight on playing for head coach Jim Foster, what person inspires her most and what the tatoo on the her right wrist means.

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Even Jantel Lavender cannot believe what she did as a freshman at Ohio State. She was selected as the Big Ten Player of the Year the first freshman to ever do so – while finishing first in the Big Ten in rebounding with 9.9 rpg., third among conference players in scoring (17.6 ppg.) and field goal percentage (51.3 percent). But all that is in the past as she turns her eyes to 2009 and helping the Buckeyes to a fifth-consecutive Big Ten title and a run through the NCAA tournament.

Q: What is it like playing for Coach Foster?
A: “He is very calm and he is a great teacher. It seems like every practice he will tell me something new that I’d never thought of before. His teaching ability is one of the main reasons why our team has had so much success.”

Q: What is it like having your twin sister, Jazmine, on the bench with you, as a manager?
A: “She is one of the biggest critics I have. She will say, You need to work on this, you need to slow this down, you need to work on your left hand.’ She doesn’t beat around the bush and I love her for that.”

Q: What does the tattoo on your wrist mean? … read the full Q-A on the image below or at the PDF link above.