OXFORD, Ohio - Former Hamilton Southeastern High School basketball star Courtney Osborn was recently selected to the preseason High-Major All-America Third Team by College Sports Madness, an online sports magazine. That comes on top of being one of 52 players that was nominated to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-Region list last season.
The Fishers, Ind. native was selected as a Region 4 nominee after she finished the 2011-12 season averaging the third-most points in the Mid-American Conference with 17.5 per game and also led the league in assists (5.5) and steals (2.3). Additionally, she broke the MAC record for most points scored in a game, dropping 48 against Akron Jan.4, while also leading the RedHawks to a 21-10 overall record.
Each year, the WBCA narrows the list of All-Region players down to 10. Those finalists receive All-American honors. Osborn, who was an All-MAC player last season, hopes to accomplish that goal this year with Miami University.
"She's definitely a player that's going to get serious looks for All-America," MU coach Maria Fantanarosa said. "Mainly because of her overall game, but also because she's brought our team from a rebuild to a contender."
While Osborn has had her fair share of success, she's also had to work hard to get where she's at today. The senior point guard had a lot of doubters coming out of the prep ranks and not everyone believed she could become an elite collegiate player.
"Sometimes people underestimate players that work hard and that are really competitive," she said. "And so, when I heard all those things about what I can't do and how I'm not as good as other people, that really drove me to be the best that I could be."
Osborn has not only proved her critics wrong, but she used that extra motivation to take her game to the next level.
At 5-feet, 10-inches tall, she's a triple threat. Osborn can hit the three, post up or drive to the basket. But her competitiveness, versatility and unselfishness are what make her one of the best players in the county.
The senior has been an integral part in rebuilding Miami's women's basketball program. She helped the RedHawks rebound from two straight losing seasons, where the team had a combined overall record of 20-41.
Those losing seasons helped Osborn develop her skills and become a better leader on and off the court.
"We faced a lot of adversity that I had never faced in my life. We lost a lot of games," she said. "As much as you learn from winning, I think you learn a little bit more from losing. Overcoming that adversity and overcoming those two pretty bad years has helped me grow into a better leader and a better basketball player."
Osborn and the RedHawks start the 2012-13 season with an exhibition game at home against Tiffin Sunday, Nov. 4.
Miami travels to play Eastern Kentucky for its regular season opener Friday, Nov. 9.