2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11
2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11

Jantel Lavender

Position: Center
Height: 6-4
Weight: 185 lbs.
WNBA Team: Los Angeles Sparks
School: The Ohio State University ‘11
Twitter: @jlav42

USA Basketball Notes:

  • Gold Medals: 2009 World University Games, 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship, 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
  • Participated in the 2013 USA National Team mini-camp Oct. 4-6 in Las Vegas.
  • Member of the 2010 USA Select Team that practiced and played against the 2010 USA National Team in April.
  • Member of the 2007 USA U19 World Championship Team that captured the gold medal in Bratislava, Slovakia, with a 9-0 record.
  • Won a gold medal with the 2009 USA World University Games team that finished with a 7-0 slate in Belgrade, Serbia.
  • Member of the 2006 USA U18 National Team that posted a perfect 4-0 record, captured the FIBA Americas U18 Championship gold medal in Colorado Springs, Colo., and qualified the U.S. for the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship.

Professional Notes:

  • Drafted: No. 5 by the Los Angeles Sparks in 2011.
  • Averaged 7.2 ppg. and 4.5 rpg. in 2013, aiding the Sparks to a 24-10 record and the WNBA Playoffs.
  • Played in Europe the past two seasons, first for Besiktas JK (Turkey) and then CCC Polkowice (Poland) in 2011-12, then competed for Beretta-Famila Schio (Italy) in 2012-13. Has signed to compete for Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (Poland) in 2013-14.

College Notes:

  • During her four years Ohio State compiled a 106-30 record (.779), captured at least a share of three Big Ten Conference regular season titles, won three Big Ten Tournament crowns and advanced to four NCAA Tournaments, including two Sweet Sixteens.
  • WBCA/State Farm and USBWA All-American (2009, 2010, 2011).
  • Associated Press All-America first team (2010, 2011).
  • Owns Ohio State’s all-time career records for points (2,818), rebounds (1,422), games played (136) and started (136) and field goals made (1,142) and attempted (2,156).
  • The only player, male or female, in conference history to earn Big Ten Player of the Year honors four times.
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Year (2008).
  • Big Ten Tournament MVP and Big Ten All-Tournament Team (2009, 2010, 2011).
  • Led OSU to a school-record 31 victories in 2009-10.

Personal Notes:

  • Born on Nov. 12, 1988 in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Daughter of Freddie and Robin Lavender, has one brother, Freddie, and a twin sister, Jazmine.
  • Brother played college football and basketball.
  • Attended Cleveland Central Catholic H.S. (Ohio), where she compiled 1,978 points, 1,278 rebounds and 527 assists in four varsity seasons; became the school’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder as a junior and led her school to the 2007 Ohio Division III state title.
  • Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year (2007).
  • Also played volleyball in high school and was named all-state and all-league.
USA Basketball Statistics
TEAM
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2009 WUG
7/ 4
24- 51
.471
0- 0
.---
25- 29
.862
50/ 7.1
73/ 10.4
10
0
4
2007 U19
9/ 9
57- 117
.487
0- 0
.---
30- 50
.600
73/ 8.1
144/ 16.0
8
0
8
2006 U18
4/ 1
9- 21
.429
0- 0
.---
5- 8
.625
25/ 6.3
23/ 5.8
4
2
2
Totals
20/14
90- 189
.476
0- 0
.---
60- 87
.690
148/ 7.4
240/ 12.0
22
2
14

WNBA Statistics
YEAR
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2013
34/3
107- 211
.507
0- 0
.---
32- 37
.865
154/ 4.5
246/ 7.2
18
22
19
2012
34/1
81- 160
.506
0- 0
.---
27- 32
.844
134/ 3.9
189/ 5.6
18
18
9
2011
33/3
92- 184
.500
0- 0
.---
33- 45
.733
103/ 3.1
217/ 6.6
15
12
6
Totals
101/7
280- 555
.505
0- 0
.---
92- 114
.807
391/ 3.9
652/ 6.5
51
52
34

College Statistics
YEAR
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2010-11
34/ 34
316- 577
.548
0- 2
.000
142- 177
.802
370/ 10.9
774/ 22.8
80
61
14
2009-10
36/ 36
304- 591
.514
2- 5
.400
159- 205
.776
372/ 10.3
769/ 21.4
58
55
18
2008-09
35/ 35
290- 536
.541
0- 1
.000
148- 196
.755
374/ 10.7
728/ 20.8
62
42
15
2007-08
31/ 31
232- 452
.513
1- 5
.200
82- 124
.661
306/ 9.9
547/ 17.6
38
32
13
Totals
136/136
1142-2156
.530
3-13
. 231
531- 702
.756
1422/ 10.5
2818/ 20.7
238
190
60