We get it. It’s your way or the highway and no one is going to change your mind. Your constant power-driven moves are getting old. Please stop denying not just athletes but people the freedom to advance their lives. Please reconsider your decision-making process for the better of the athlete and not yourself.
Here’s what is going on. Redshirt freshman Sedona Prince announced that she would transfer from the University of Texas to join the Oregon women’s basketball team on July 5, 2019. She had sat out her freshman season with the Longhorns after suffering a broken right leg. Her injury occurred while playing for the USA U18 team at the FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico City in August 2018.
Prince applied for an NCAA waiver for immediate eligibility and suit up for this Ducks this 2019-2020 season. The NCAA denied her claim on Wednesday. Prince appealed the decision and was denied again.
She will sit on the bench for another year.
The first time Duck fans will see the 6-foot-7, No. 8 rated recruit, and 2018 McDonald’s All-American take the court at Matthew Knight Arena will be the 2020-2021 season.
Although I am deeply saddened by the NCAA’s decision, I am so blessed to be surrounded by my amazing teammates and coaches. There is no other school in the country I would rather play for, and I can’t express enough gratitude for everything Oregon has done for me. #freesedona— Sedona Prince (@sedonaprince_) December 11, 2019
She never took the court in Texas. She sat on the bench and waited. If the NCAA was going to approve any case in particular, this would be a great situation to do so. Alas, they did not. The NCAA once again showed its true colors.
Oregon Coach Kelly Graves weighed in:
I just feel bad for her and she’s already sat out a year. She got hurt playing for USA basketball for crying out loud, giving up herself for playing something bigger. They deny it. I think she had a pretty good case, I won’t go into the particulars of that. If she doesn’t get it, than who does? Just the arbitrary nature of which they makes decisions is what I think frustrates most people. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason…. Either do it for everybody or you don’t do it for anybody.
Graves makes a valid point. There is no standard for these decisions. It seems like each case is a different way of thinking.
Teammates also took to Twitter to support their Prince and hopefully bring more light to the situation and take a stand to the NCAA.
Sad to have to see Sedona sit out a second year in a row, because the @NCAA doesnt want to do what’s in the best interest of student athletes. I’m hoping this is the start to positive change being made by those in charge, who quite frankly, can switch jobs with no repercussions. https://t.co/TbgXclQI51— Sabrina Ionescu (@sabrina_i20) December 11, 2019
I don’t know much about the transfer process,but what I do know is that @sedonaprince_ more than deserves the right to play this year. She is so incredibly strong to have gone through everything this past year and still brings happiness and positivity everyday. Let her play @NCAA https://t.co/e8VabbU1V6— hol (@hollywinterburn) December 11, 2019
It’s hard to comprehend how @sedonaprince_ case was not granted eligibility. The @NCAA continues to demonstrate that the athletes‘ interests do not come first. #freesweetsedone https://t.co/H2yO24WWn1— Satou Sabally (@BallySatou) December 11, 2019
HERE’S WHY IT SUCKS
Let’s put the mess that is the upper hand power of the NCAA to rest for a moment.
The hopes and dreams of seeing Prince take the floor this season and with this roster would have been nothing short of stellar. Imagine a scenario with both Prince and senior Ruthy Hebard on the floor together or Prince and Sabrina Ionescu run the pick and roll will remain just hopes and dreams.
Looking to the future, Prince brings a lot to the table: that 6-foot-7 frame complimented by a killer jump shot. Prince was named the 2018 Texas Girls Association Basketball Athlete of the Year after averaging 22.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.8 steals and 4.7 blocks per game. Yes that was two years ago, however, Prince is a great match in Graves' system of constant ball movement and screens.
It is still a year away, but we can't wait to see Prince finally take the court.