Ruth Hamblin (2013-2016)
Hamblin was a dominant force on defense in the middle, clogging the lane, swatting away shots and changing opposing coaches’ game plans.
The only reason the Canadian Hammer wouldn’t be a starter at center on this team is a certain Olympic gold medalist.
By all accounts, her career was spectacular, and especially so for a player viewed initially as a project. But Hamblin blossomed and left OSU as its career leader in blocked shots and rebounds. Hamblin’s career 425 blocked shots is a Pac-12 record (and a school record by more than 200) and she once blocked 10 in a game against archrival Oregon.
A two-time All-Pac-12 selection, she also was an all-American in 2015 and named as the Pac-12’s player of year by the media that season. Hamblin was a three-time Pac-12 All-Defensive Team selection, as well.
Perhaps more importantly, she was an essential player on a team that made the NCAA Tournament three times, including the Final Four in 2016.