Meet Courtney Paris, a college basketball player who is the starting center for the University of Oklahoma women’s basketball team. Courtney is said to be the greatest player in Oklahoma history. See a video and a biography of Courtney Paris here.
Courtney recently gave a speech on senior night saying that the Oklahoma Sooners will win a National Championship or else, she’ll pay back her scholarship.
“We’re gonna win a national championship. If we don’t, which is not even an option, just to put something on the line – and it might take me the rest of my life – I will pay back my scholarship because I didn’t do what I said I was going to do.”
Now, that’s a hell of a guarantee! Paris is certainly one of the best players in the history of college basketball and even though she’s had some time to think of whatever she said last Wednesday, she is not planning to backtrack.
“I have a passion for our fans and university, and I want to do something special. That’s why I put my scholarship on the table. I meant what I said.”
Oklahoma have been on a good run this season and will be a favourite to make it to the Final Four. They have a regular-season finale coming up against Texas and have earned the top seed for the Big 12 Tournament coming up in Oklahoma City.
Courtney would have to pay back almost $64,000 in the case of Oklahoma missing the championship. Some people have already started making calculations about her options based on the salary that WNBA stars receive after her senior year.
As a biography, Courtney Paris was born on September 21, 1987 in San Jose, California so her age is 21. She is the daughter of NFL hero Bubba Paris and her twin sister Ashley is also a Sooner.
Courtney got admission in the University of Oklahoma in 2006 and in her freshman year, she was named to the Associated Press All-American team. She won the AP Player of the Year award the next season, becoming the only sophomore to do so. She is also the only player in the NCAA history to have 700 points, 500 rebounds coupled with 100 blocks in a single season. She was named the McDonald’s All-American Game MVP in 2005.
Certainly the facts speak for themselves and that’s why the 6’4″ star is being hailed as the best player in the coming Big 12 Tournament.
Paris is pursuing a degree in journalism.