prepares to take on leadership role next year
Irvin has already made a name for herself with the Lady
Frogs, but she has bigger things planned for next season.
Not even honorable mention All-American honors can make
junior forward Sandora Irvin content.
After becoming the first Lady Frog to earn a postseason
Associated Press honor, she now wants something even bigger.
Irvin wants to dunk.
And shes already working on making that incredible
goal, which has only occurred five times in the history
of womens college basketball, a reality.
I want to improve my jumping a lot, Irvin
said. Ive been saying Im going to (dunk)
for a while and I really want to do it now.
Head coach Jeff Mittie doesnt put the flush past
I definitely think she has the athletic ability,
Mittie said. Sandora is as athletic as there is
out there. If anyone can do it, she is certainly on the
top of the list.
Irvin has her mind focused on more important aspects of
her game, too. The forward wants first-team All-American
honors next season. Shes determined to improve every
facet of her game. From passing to dribbling to outside
shooting, Irvin wants vast improvement.
It will be hard to improve upon her 16.8 points, 12.2
rebounds and 3.9 blocks a game as a junior, but Irvin
wants it that bad.
I want to be first-team All-American, she
said. Every player wants their name there. Thats
one of my biggest goals next season.
If her game continues to improve as much as it has in
each of her first three seasons, her stats will warrant
such recognition next year.
I expect to get better every year because were
getting better every year, Irvin said. And
that is good for our program and me because that brings
us in better recruits.
No one knows Irvins game better than Mittie, and
he doesnt think first-team honors is out of the
I think its a possibility, he said.
I hope she gets it. That will mean shes had
a great season, guiding us to another good season. Her
potential is better than anyone in the nation.
As much as Irvin wants the first-team accolade, she has
no gripes about settling for C-USA player of the year.
I want to be Conference USA player of the year,
now that Chandi (Jones) is gone. I told the C-USA people
at the tournament that Im winning it next season
since Chandi isnt going to be around anymore.
And to think some people recommended she not attend TCU,
saying the program wouldnt make her a better player.
When I came here people told me that TCU wouldnt
help me become the player I need to be, she said.
I feel like Coach Mittie has made me into that type
of player. Im glad Im getting recognition
here now and that I chose to come here. I think Im
proving those people wrong.
Mittie never had any doubts.
They said she would have to carry the weight of
the program on her shoulders if she came here, Mittie
said. That didnt happen. I knew with her abilities
and the other players we had here, she would develop into
Irvin has a chance to prove even more people wrong during
her senior season, with a big challenge awaiting her.
Irvin will become the teams leader for the first
time next year, a duty Ebony Shaw and Tracy Wynn held
this season. While being the teams leader from a
star perspective, she has never been the vocal leader.
Irvin is ready for the challenge.
Im gonna have to step up leadershipwise,
she said. Ill have to be more of a leader.
Im real laid back and this year Ebony and Tracy
were the ones leading and being hated by all the teammates
for being the leader. I guess Ill just have to be
hated next season. No matter what, if I want to be the
leader or not, I have to step up and be it.
Hated or not, Irvin will still be her teammates
favorite target on the basketball court. And that can
only benefit her run at the TCU record books.
Everyone remembers those records that Ive
broken, she said. I have a chance to put some
of them away for a long while. It is really cool to do
something like that.
Irvin is the Lady Frogs all-time leading rebounder
with 980 and shot blocker with 330. Her 12.2 rebounds
a game this season were the most in the programs
In fact, Irvin made such a name for herself with the Lady
Frogs during her junior season, setting school records
with 504 points, 366 rebounds and 195 field goals made,
that she finally got out of her uncle Michael Irvins
She is no longer just the NFL legends niece who
plays college basketball. Now, she is San,
one of the best frontcourt players in the nation.
Im making a name for myself, Irvin said.
Michael Irvins now Sandora Irvins uncle.
I never minded anyone referring to me as his niece at
all. Its definitely different now though. One of
my friends says the commentators comment about me too
The elder Irvin wont concede his rank.
Michaels always trying to give me some pointers,
she said. Hes always trying to tell me how
to post somebody up. Hes a football player. I just
tell him you play football, not basketball. Do I tell
you how to catch a ball?
Irvin may want to confront her uncle pretty soon about
life in the pros ranks, though.
The forward doesnt want her basketball career to
end after her senior season. Instead, Irvin hopes to play
in the WNBA and save her marketing degree for life after
If you love the game as much as I do, that is what
you want to do, Irvin said. I dont think
Ill ever not want to play basketball. Ill
go overseas if need be. I really cant see myself
not playing this game.
Mittie said Irvin should have a future in the game after
her senior season.
She has all the potential, he said. I
know numerous pro scouts like her game a lot. There hasnt
been a player to leave here with more accolades than her.
support from her team and head coach Jeff Mittie,
junior forward Sandora Irvin is making plans to
improve her playing ability in the coming season.