Oregon basketball star Sedona Prince will not see the court for the Ducks again.
The redshirt senior tore ligament in her elbow, an injury which will require season-ending surgery next month. As a result, she has opted to forego her remaining NCAA eligibility and pursue a professional career.
“We are going to miss Sedona,” Oregon coach Kelly Graves said. “She has done so many wonderful things and has been an incredible representative of our program and the University. Her impact on collegiate athletics, especially in the area of gender equity, has been immense and will be felt for generations to come.
“I wish her only the best in all of her future endeavors. I cannot wait to see the ways she will continue to positively impact and change our world. Once a Duck, always a Duck.”
Prince is the latest college basketball star to suffer a season-ending injury. Both Paige Bueckers and Ice Brady of UConn have gone down with injuries ahead of the season, as has Kansas State star Ayoka Lee.
In a statement, Prince called it “painful and tragic” that she will not be able to take the court with her Oregon teammates this season.
“I’m heartbroken,” Prince said. “I truly felt that this was the year I could showcase my work ethic and skills on the court, but also my self-growth and leadership ability.”
While Prince attempted to play through the injury, further evaluation revealed the ligament tear must be addressed now “in order to ensure long-term health and a sustained professional career,” she said.
A former transfer from Texas, she’ll be a big loss for the Ducks after leading the team in shooting percentage last season (54.2). She also was second in rebounding (4.9 per game) and blocks (1.3 per game). Through two seasons in Eugene, Prince averaged 9.5 points per game while shooting 54.3 percent and adding 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.
“I will always love this challenging program and its ability hold me accountable and to always elevate my game,” Prince said. “The Eugene community took this Texas girl in immediately and made me feel like family. I will forever cherish the relationships and experiences I have made here on this journey.”