Samantha Prahalis Goes WNBA -Can Ohio State Survive Without Her?
Is Samantha Prahalis the best women’s basketball player of all time at Ohio State? Was Muhammad Ali the best heavyweight boxer? These are questions we just can’t answer. One question we can answer. Which Ohio State women’s basketball player has had the most impact on the program in it’s history? The answer to that question is easy, Samantha Prahalis. There is a star women’s basketball player at Baylor named Brittney Griner that has turned heads in her collerge career because she does things that female basketball players aren’t supposed to be able to do. Women dunking, what next?
They speak of Samantha Prahalis that way also, and they have been, since her freshman year at Ohio State. No look passes, Behind the back dribbling, spin moves, double-clutching, sh!t
talking. No, I’m not talking about Earl “The Pearl” Monroe. I’m talking about Samantha Prahalis. One thing you never know from Prahalis, is whether you’re going to get the middle finger or embarrased as she makes you look silly trying to guard her. Knowing Prahalis, you could get them both at the same time.
Two things we know will happen to two national womens basketball programs. Baylor will suffer dramatically, when Brittany Griner graduates, although she has announced she will be returning to Baylor for her senior year, and so will Ohio State now that Prahalis is gone. Jim Foster and the Ohio State women’s basketball program is in something it doesn’t know yet. Big Trouble!!! Without Prahalis there to pack em’ in, you got to ask the question who’s going to come to see the games next year. When Jantel Lavender left after last year to go pro, no one worried too much about the program, because Prahalis was coming back.. Now with Lavendar and Prahalis being history, With all do respect, I don’t see the faithful getting fired up to come see Tayler Hill, Amber Stokes and Ashley Adams.
Prahalis will not go down as the best player in Ohio State women’s basketball history, I’ve already made it clear in this post
that Jantel Lavender is that player. What Prahalis was to Ohio State, was that she was the biggest attraction in Ohio State women’s basketball history. No Ohio State fan hated Samantha Prahalis. They “Hated” on her, but they loved to see her play ball. Like Muhammad Ali, “She’s A Bad Girl”, in my Ali voice.. You may be too young to remember Ali making the proclamation that “I’m A Bad Man” after defeating Sonny Liston for the heavyweight title…
If Prahalis plays here cards right, she could do something that no other WNBA player has ever done. Become marketable as a commercial entity. While most WNBA stars depend on combining their WNBA salaries with play in Europe to make their money, Prahalis could become a real star. Count on these things, a unprecedented contract with Nike. A contact with some Apparel company for something other than sportswear. How about her own clothing line. A reality show? Oh yeah, I can see that… Mountain Dew, of course. Cameo appearances in hollywood, no doubt.. No, I’m serious, Prahalis has that kind of appeal, and it all stems from her basketball playing skills. One thing, you can count on, she will pack the house in Phoenix.
Here is the news release from Ohio State:
WBK: Prahalis selected sixth overall by the Phoenix Mercury in WNBA Draft
All-American becomes the third first-round pick in school history
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State All-American point guard
Samantha Prahalis was drafted sixth overall by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2012 WNBA Draft Monday at the ESPN Studios in Bristol, Conn.
Prahalis joins Jantel Lavender (Los Angeles Sparks, 2011) and Jessica Davenport (now a member of the Indiana Fever) in 2007 as the only Buckeyes to be drafted in the first round.
The Commack, N.Y., native is the sixth Buckeye to be selected in the draft in the last seven years and the seventh during head coach Jim Foster’s tenure.
Prahalis, the Big Ten player of the year and first team USBWA All-American, led the Big Ten with 22.5 points per game in conference play this season and led the conference in assists (6.5) and minutes played (37.5) during the regular season. She also ranked among the top 5 in free throw percentage, steals, 3-point field goals and assist/turnover ratio.
This season she became the Big Ten’s all-time assists leader (901), finished fourth on the Ohio State all-time scoring list (2,010) and in the process became just the second player in Division I history to record at least 2,000 points and 900 assists in a career. Prahalis, who was named the Big Ten player of the week four different times this season, saved her best performance for her final game at Value City Arena when she set a school scoring record with 42 points in the win over Minnesota, breaking the 18-year-old mark of 40 set by Katie Smith in 1994. Prahalis finished the season with 14 games with at least 20 or more points and 19 games with at least six assists.
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