On Tuesday, the Big Ten Network announced the names of the on-air talent that will be leading their coverage of the conference’s men’s and women’s basketball seasons. From a Buckeye perspective, Ohio State Athletics Hall of Famer Jantel Lavender is joining the network as an analyst.
During her playing career from 2008-11, Lavender became the only B1G basketball player — male or female — to ever earn four Big Ten Player of the Year awards, and the only woman to ever accomplish the feat in a Power Five conference.
Additionally, she was just OSU’s second three-time All-American in women’s basketball program history. After eight years with the Los Angeles Sparks, Lavender played for the WNBA’s Chicago Sky this season, averaging 10 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
Also joining the conference’s WBB coverage is former Indiana Hoosier great Tyra Buss. they will join Christy Winters Scott, Vera Jones, Shelley Till, and Brenda Van Lengen as the network’s analysts. Lisa Byington, Jeff Levering, and Chris Vosters will serve as BTN’s play-by-play voices.
On the men’s side, Kevin Kugler, Brian Anderson, Brandon Gaudin, Cory Provus and Dave Revsine will call the action, while Robbie Hummel, Andy Katz, Stephen Bardo, Mike DeCourcy, Shon Morris, Seth Davis, Nick Bahe, Brian Butch, Bob Wenzel, Dan Bonner, Ben Brust Jess Settles, and Winters Scott will provide MBB commentary.
Winters Scott will be the first woman to serve as an analyst for an MBB game on BTN when she works the Penn State vs. Bucknell game on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Coverage of the men’s non-conference season begins on Tuesday, Nov. 5 on BTN, while the women’s coverage will kick off on Dec. 4.