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
Favorite all-time Terp: Marissa Coleman
Favorite music: Drake, Nicki Minaj
Favorite book: "Small Steps" by Louis Sachar
Favorite movie: "White Chicks" and"Inception"
Favorite TV show:"Pretty Little Liars"
Favorite food: Shrimp and mashed potatoes
Favorite high school class: U.S. Government
Favorite thing about College Park: "Wow, so many. I'd probably just have to say the atmosphere of the campus. As soon as you walk in, it's pretty breathtaking. I've visited a few other campuses, too, but there's really nothing like Maryland's campus."
Hobbies: "I really like to bowl. I'm actually really good. I asked my high school coach if I could do bowling while I did basketball, but it's the same season and she said no. So I just have to get my bowling fix in the summer. So probably that, and I love just going to watch movies."
Intended major: Communications or broadcast journalism
Something that not many people know about you: "I have eight siblings on my dad's side."
Best basketball moment: "Probably when I went to the Maryland elite camp going into my junior year. It was my dream school and I met a lot of great people and fun people, [and made] friendships that I still have. And I was also able to commit to my dream school. I got to play with Alyssa Thomas, [Laurin] Mincy, Natasha Cloud, all those guys. Marissa Coleman was up at that camp, too. It was just a lot of fun."
Role model: "I'd probably have to say my mom and Kobe Bryant. My mom just because she kind of, in a way, had me figure things out in a roundabout way, but in a good way. I never actually have to learn lessons the hard way, and that's just because of how she raised me. She's always there, trying to help people even if she's not having her best day. [I admire] Kobe Bryant just because of the fact that he's always going to work hard and he's always trying to be the best player on the court, no matter if he's on the floor or on the bench."
Why Maryland? "Just because of the family atmosphere, and I would definitely have to say that all of the players have great personalities. They're easy to get along with. I clicked with all of them almost right away. Coach B is unlike any other coach I've ever met. She's just so genuine and sincere. All the other Maryland coaches that helped in the recruitment, they're all just awesome. It's a fun place to be."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun