Chloe Pavlech planned on going to the Final Four in Denver months ago. The future Terp just assumed that she'd be watching her future teammates compete for a national title.
But Maryland never made it Colorado, suffering a 31-point loss to Notre Dame in the Elite Eight. Pavlech's decision to book tickets for the Final Four, however, showed just how much confidence she had in her team.
"I was really sad and disappointed they weren’t able to be there," Pavlech said. "But I just know that next year, we will be here and I can’t wait."
Pavlech, who was joined in Denver by her future Maryland classmates Malina Howard and Tierney Pfirman, was the Terps' first commitment of the 2012 class. For as long as she could remember, Maryland has been her "dream school." Her status as a Maryland-bound player has affirmed her thoughts about the team and the university.
"It’s just a special program, and I think anyone who gets the chance to meet the girls that play for Maryland, especially off the court, knows that they’re not just ordinary people or ordinary players," Pavlech said. "Maryland just really – I keep saying it’s special, but it’s the only way to describe it. There’s something special about the program and the people."
Pavlech plans to finish high school and enroll in Maryland's summer session next month. She can't wait to get started.
"Now being at the Final Four, I’m watching some of these teams [thinking], ‘Oh my God. This is going to be us next year.’ It’s really more exciting than anything because it’s finally here."
Name: Chloe Pavlech
Birthdate: Nov. 30, 1993
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Position: Point guard
High School: Sycamore
Senior statistics: 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals
Rankings: ESPN HoopGurlz -- Four-star prospect, No. 24 point guard, 91 rating.
Runner-up school: Miami
Other schools considered: George Washington, Notre Dame, Louisville, Dayton
Favorite pro basketball player: Marissa Coleman
Favorite pro basketball team: Washington Mystics and Los Angeles Sparks