April 16, 2012
Ohio State's Samantha Prahalis became the 14th Big Ten player in history selected in the first round of the WNBA Draft when she was drafted sixth overall by the Phoenix Mercury on Monday. She became the 69th Big Ten player chosen in the 16-year history of the WNBA Draft.
Prahalis was named Big Ten Player of the Year in 2012 after leading the conference in assists and scoring during the Big Ten season. The Commack, N.Y., native also set the Big Ten record for most assists in a career with 901, becoming the first player in Big Ten history to finish with more than 900 assists. She is also one of only two players in NCAA history to record 2,000 points and 900 assists in a career. Prahalis helped guide Ohio State to two Big Ten Championships and three conference tournament titles. She becomes the second conference player to be drafted in the first round in as many years, following former teammate Jantel Lavender, who was selected fifth overall in 2011 by the Los Angeles Sparks.