Birthdate: Nov. 12, 1988
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio
High School: Cleveland Central Catholic (2006)
College: Ohio State (2011)
Jantel Lavender led her Cleveland Catholic Central High School team to the state Division III championship in 2007 when she was named Ohio's Ms. Basketball by the Associated Press.
The 6-foot-4, 185-pound center was a four-time Big Ten Conference player of the year at Ohio State and is the school's all-time scoring leader with 2,818 points and the Big Ten's all-time rebounding leader with 1,422.
A two-time All-American, she scored in double figures in all of her 136 collegiate games.
She was selected fifth overall by the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA in the 2011 draft and has played six seasons with the Sparks. She was a WNBA All-Star in 2015 when she averaged 14.5 points and 8.3 rebounds.
When the WNBA season ends, Lavender plays professional basketball overseas. She has played for teams in Turkey, Poland and Italy. She was on championship teams in Poland in 2014 and 2015 and in Turkey in 2016.