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Feb 06, 2015: Washington 's #3 Talia Walton posts up against Oregon State's #44 Ruth Hamblin. Washington defeated Oregon State 76-67 at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle, WA.
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Countdown to 2016 WNBA Draft: No. 13 Oregon State’s Ruth Hamblin

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Today, senior center Ruth Hamblin is working in the trifecta of Oregon State’s offense to dismantle Pac-12 competition in the hunt for the conference title and ultimately try their luck in the tournament circuit. Tomorrow, Hamblin could see herself picked to become one of the next driving forces for the WNBA in the 2016 WNBA Draft.

The 6’6” reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year from Houston, British Columbia has proved to be a lethal force for the Oregon State Beavers in her four years with the team.

Hamblin currently averages 11.5 points and 8.4 rebounds in 21 starts for Oregon State, while shooting the highest field goal percentage on her team at 56 percent.

As one of the best centers playing in college right now, Hamblin has also amounted a staggering 63 blocks for the season, the most of any Pac-12 player.

Last season was the same story for Hamblin. Starting all 32 of Oregon State’s games, she shot 58 percent from the field and notched 122 blocks.

Hamblin’s consistency to make any Oregon State game a block party has earned her the nickname “The Canadian Hammer” from former OSU men’s basketball star Joe Burton.

For a player with such impressive numbers, it comes as a shock to learn that Hamblin didn’t pick up the game until she started high school. Because of that, Hamblin had a lot of work to do when coming to college.

The block party didn’t develop overnight. Rather, Hamblin’s biggest challenges when coming to college was shaping her raw offensive game and working to not foul out on defense.

With the stat lines and performance that Hamblin consistently puts on, she’s certainly comparable to Brittney Griner in her days at Baylor. Griner went No.1 overall in the 2013 WNBA Draft and has been a force for the Phoenix Mercury ever since. She averaged four blocks per game for the 2015 season.

Hamblin would be a nice fit in the frontcourt for the Indiana Fever. This past season, the Fever proved they had the talent to make it to the Finals. However, Indiana had issues containing Lynx center Sylvia Fowles throughout the series, and Fowles scored 20 points in the series-deciding Game 5. A rim protector like Hamblin would help against players like Fowles, so if the Fever could snatch Hamblin with one of their draft picks, that would round out the team and make them an even stronger contender when it comes down to the playoffs.

For now, Hamblin is currently the key to Oregon State’s defense. The No. 9 Beavers recently took control of the Pac-12 with a 67-44 rout of the No. 8 Arizona State Sun Devils. Alongside senior guard Jamie Weisner and junior guard Sydney Weise, Hamblin and Co. demolished ASU with 51 points between the trifecta. Hamblin’s ability to block shots often allows for Oregon State to pull ahead of its opponents quickly:

Hamblin and the rest of the Oregon State Beavers are back in action Feb. 5 when they travel to Seattle to face No. 24 Washington.

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