Sam Ostarello will soon learn her professional basketball fate.
The Stanley County graduate will hope to hear her name called during tonight’s WNBA Draft, which is starts at 7 on ESPN2. Ostarello recently finished her collegiate career at Purdue, where she was an All-Big Ten second team selection this past season.
If Ostarello does not get drafted during the three round event, she could try to play professional basketball overseas. The 2009 South Dakota Miss Basketball will be tempting for a team to draft her because of her rebounding ability.
The 6-foot-2 Ostarello set the program single-season record with 341 rebounds and became the second Boilermaker to surpass the 900 rebound mark. Ostarello began this season No. 20 on the career rebounding list. Current Purdue assistant coach Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton holds the record with 968 career rebounds.
Ostarello led the Big Ten in rebounding this season with 10 boards per game. Ostarello was the first Boilermaker to win the regular season conference rebounding title since Joy Holmes in 1990-91. She becomes the first Purdue player to average 10 or more rebounds in a single season since 1977-78, when Sue Fackler averaged 10.2 in 18 games. Only three players in program history have averaged double-digit rebounding in a single season.
Ostarello did more than just rebound. She recorded 12 double-doubles, one shy of tying the single-season mark shared by Wisdom-Hylton and Stacey Lovelace. Ostarello averaged 9.9 points per game this season and started 33 of the 34 games for the Boilermakers this season. Ostarello finished her career with a 16-point, 12-rebound performance in a loss against eventual national runner-up Louisville in the NCAA tournament.
2013 WNBA Draft
What: The league’s annual process for determining which teams receive the rights to negotiate with players entering the WNBA.
Where: Bristol, Conn.
Time: 7 p.m.
Brittany Chambers: Kansas State guard Brittany Chambers is also a WNBA Draft prospect. Chambers is the older sister to current Northern State volleyball player Kelsey Chambers. Brittany Chambers was a three-time All-Big 12 first-team honoree. The 5-foot-8 Chambers is projected to be picked by the Atlanta Dream in the second round according to the web site: www.draftsite.com/wnba/mock-draft/2013/.