Oregon Forward Sedona Prince has torn a ligament in her elbow that will require surgery. Unfortunately, that means she will not continue playing at the collegiate level. The Redshirt senior graduated in May and will focus on recovering and hopes to play at the professional level.
“I’m heartbroken,” stated Prince in a release from the team. “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. I tried to push through the injury and be there for my team, but after extensive evaluation from the best doctors in the world and looking deep inside myself at my passions and goals, I know that I have to take care my elbow now in order to ensure long-term health and a sustained professional career. As an elite athlete, current entrepreneur, and future wave maker I pride myself on creating and continuing to drive impact in everything I do. Not being able to play with my teammates this year is painful and tragic for me. However, I’m so grateful for the entire community of Eugene for their continued support and inspiration to always push forward through adversity. After all, pressure is a privilege.”
Prince was in line to be not only a leader, but a star for the Ducks women’s basketball team. She was voted to the Pac-12 Preseason All-Conference team.
Originally Prince was going to try and push through the injury for her team, but ultimately decided to ensure her long-term health:
“I know that I have to take care of my elbow now in order to ensure long-term health and a sustained professional career,” Prince said. “Not being able to play with my teammates this year is painful and tragic for me. However, I’m so grateful to the entire community of Eugene for their continued support and inspiration to always push forward through adversity.”
Sedona Prince was not able to play in her freshman season at the University of Texas, due to a broken leg that she suffered the summer before while competing for the USA Basketball team. After that season, she made the transfer to Oregon.
“We are going to miss Sedona,” Oregon coach Kelly Graves said in a statement. “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.”
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