Oct. 18, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue senior forward Drey Mingo and Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp spent the evening in Orlando, Fla., where Mingo was honored as the recipient of the Giant Steps Courageous Student-Athlete Award by National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) at the 2012 Giant Steps Awards Banquet and Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.
Mingo, a three-time team captain, is in her fourth year at Purdue after transferring from Maryland where she played as a freshman and sophomore. The Atlanta, Ga., native has yet to compete a full season for the Boilermakers, having faced her share of adversity.
As a junior, two days after recording a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds to help the Boilermakers defeat DePaul for the 2010 Preseason WNIT championship, Mingo was hospitalized in critical condition with acute bacterial meningitis. The life-threatening illness caused her to spend five days in the intensive care unit of a Lafayette, Ind., hospital and left her with partial but permanent hearing loss. Mingo missed just four games however, and finished the season averaging 12.0 points, a team-high 5.8 rebounds, while setting a Purdue record for season three-point field goal percentage by hitting 27-of-56 threes for 48.2 percent.
Mingo then missed the 2011-12 season after tearing her ACL on Oct. 29 in a closed scrimmage at Indiana State but remained upbeat and positive throughout the diagnosis and rehabilitation after surgery.
Mingo was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA and having fully recovered from her ACL injury, is set for an outstanding senior year.
Also being honored on Thursday evening are 2012 NCAS Hall of Fame inductees, Robert Beamon and Val Ackerman. Giant Steps Award winners include Civic Leader, Paula Heron; Heroes Among Us, Cayden and Conner Long; Coach, Tom Walter; Community Organization, Swoop's Stoop: Cody Reichard; Barrier Breaker, Willie O'Ree; and Courageous Student-Athlete, Drey Mingo.