COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State freshman center Jantel Lavender added more hardware to her collection Tuesday after being named Associated Press honorable mention All-America.
Lavender was voted the 2008 Big Ten co-Player of the Year (coaches), becoming the first Big Ten freshman men or women’s to win player of the year honors. She also was named the Big Ten player of the week for a record four times, the most by a freshman in conference history.
Lavender was the second-leading freshman scorer (17.6 ppg) and third-leading freshman rebounder (9.9 rpg) in the country and ranked among the Top 5 in the Big Ten in scoring, rebounding and FG percentage (.513). She recorded 13 double-doubles and scored in double-figures in all 31 games.
The Cleveland native set Ohio State freshman records for field goals (232) and rebounds (306) in a season while her 306 rebounds is tied for second all-time with Jessica Davenport who pulled down 306 during her senior season in 2006-07. Lavender averaged the second-most points per game by a freshman in Ohio State history with 17.6 ppg and set an Ohio State freshman record with 36 points including 16 rebounds in the win at Penn State Feb. 28. She was 12-of-14 from the FT line, hitting her first 12 attempts.
This marks the fourth-consecutive year at least one Ohio State player has been named to the AP All-America team after Davenport was a first and second team choice from 2005-07 and Caity Matter an honorable mention pick in 2005. Lavender is the first Ohio State freshman to receive All-America recognition since Katie Smith in 1993.