Sedona Prince just wants to have fun playing basketball again.
The former Oregon star sat out last season with a torn ligament in her elbow, and she wasn’t planning on playing an additional year of college sports. But in April, she withdrew from the WNBA Draft and announced her transfer to TCU.
And this year, she’s redefining what a successful game of basketball looks like for her.
“I know it sounds corny, but it’s if I have fun,” she told The Cut. “That’s my biggest goal in basketball, and it has been my focus for about the last year: just having fun with the game again, because I feel like so many people lose that and it’s such an easy thing to lose, but it’s the main reason why we play our sport. My biggest definition of success is that I was proud of myself and I gave it my all.”
While Prince has catapulted to TikTok fame, with more than 2.7 million followers, she tries to remain grounded.
“I love inspiring kids that you can be gay, you can be loud and proud, and go through the ups and downs of dating as a young adult,” she said. “But it’s also hard because I need to protect my own being.”
Even with her social media fame and her recent injury history, Prince still has an eye toward a future in the WNBA. Her draft prospects could depend on a monster season with the Horned Frogs after she averaged 9.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in her last collegiate season, but she’s hoping to get the full-circle moment of playing professionally alongside some of her former teammates.
And if she had her pick of which coach to play for?
“Becky Hammon is the easiest answer because she’s the GOAT,” she said.