April 6, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue forward Drey Mingo has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA and will be eligible to compete for the Boilermaker women's basketball team next season.
"To get this news is such an incredible feeling," Mingo said. "I can't even put how I feel right now into words. I have stood unshaken in my faith that God had something amazing waiting for me if I stayed patient and prayerful. I feel like this is his sign to me for this to happen on Good Friday. I cannot wait to share another amazing year with an incredible Purdue family that has stood by me throughout this entire process. I appreciate everyone that worked so hard on my case and for the NCAA allowing me another year in a Boilermaker uniform."
Mingo, who transferred from Maryland after her sophomore year, missed all of the 2011-12 season after tearing her anterior cruciate ligament in a scrimmage on Oct. 29. As a redshirt junior, the Atlanta, Ga., native contracted a life-threatening case of bacterial meningitis in late November 2010 which resulted in partial hearing loss. Mingo missed four games that season and was limited in many more while recovering from her illness.
"We are all very happy for Drey and appreciative of the NCAA committee ruling in her favor," head coach Sharon Versyp said. "This is a great day for our program and the Purdue family. Drey is an extremely talented student-athlete who has gone through an extraordinary amount of hardship, so the opportunity to have her back in uniform is a boost for both her and our program. Drey has maintained an amazing positive attitude for the last two seasons despite the illness and injury, so it's nice to see that strength of character rewarded."
Despite not playing at full strength for much of her junior season, Mingo averaged 12.0 points per game and led the Boilermakers in rebounding with a 5.8 rebound per game average in 2010-11. Mingo shot 51.3 percent from the field, including a school record mark of 48.2 percent (27-of-56) from three-point range.
Mingo is majoring in biology and plans to enroll in medical school to pursue a career as a pediatric cardiologist once her basketball career has concluded.