April 24, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Drey Mingo traveled to her hometown of Atlanta, Ga., for the awards ceremony for the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup Award presented by the Athletes for a Better World. Mingo was one of five finalists for the collegiate division of the honor.
Arkansas track athlete Nathanael Franks was chosen as the Wooden Citizenship Cup collegiate winner, and golf legend Jack Nicklaus received the professional award. The three finalist in addition to Franks and Mingo were North Carolina field hockey player Meghan Lyons, Arizona track athlete Brigetta Barrett and Texas-San Antonio football player Eric Soza.
Mingo averaged 12.2 points and 6.0 rebounds this season, earning the Most Outstanding Player award for Big Ten Tournament after leading Purdue to a second-straight tournament championship. In the title game against Michigan State, Mingo scored a season-high 24 points, hitting 10-of-11 field goals for a tournament record 90.9 percent from the floor. The 6-foot-2 forward helped lead Purdue to a 25-9 record and to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Mingo earned third team All-Big Ten by the conference coaches and was tabbed AP honorable mention All-American. She scored in double-figures a team-high 25 times this season with five double-doubles.
The Wooden Citizenship Cup is just one of many honors for the sixth year senior. Mingo also was a finalist for the V Foundation Comeback of the Year Award and the Senior CLASS Award, earning first team status. She was named to the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team, was a quarterfinalist for the CBS Courage in Sports award and the winner of both the Giant Steps Courageous Student-Athlete and the Methodist Sports Medicine Brady Comeback Scholarship Award.
Mingo is a three-time captain and in addition to her multiple community service activities, has started a not-for-profit entity, Sounds of Serenity. The goal of Sounds of Serenity is to raise awareness about and raise funds for hearing aids for children. For more information on Sounds of Serenity, please click here.
Mingo graduated with a biology degree in May 2012 and is pursuing a graduate degree in occupational and environmental health sciences. Mingo will begin her professional basketball career by attending training camp with the WNBA's Washington Mystics beginning May 5. After her basketball career ends, Mingo plans to attend medical school to become a pediatric cardiologist.
The Wooden Award was begun in 2005 after former UCLA coach and Purdue alumnus John Wooden gave permission to Athletes for a Better World to honor recipients in his name. ABW seeks to honor athletes who have demonstrated "the highest level of character and leadership off and on the field and for their contributions to sport and society."
Past winners include legendary former Tennessee basketball coach Pat Summitt and former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. Former Purdue women's basketball point guard Lauren Mioton was a finalist for the Wooden Award iin 2009, the year that Tebow won.