Get To Know The Beavs: El Sara Greer

Oct. 21, 2009

El Sara Greer will be in her first season with the Oregon State women's basketball team in 2009-10. It will be her junior year as the forward spent the past two seasons at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa. Greer can be seen wearing No. 34 for Oregon State this season.

Take a look and learn more about one of the Beavers' newest players.

WHO: El Sara Greer is a 6-foot-2 forward who hails from Waterloo, Iowa. She is expected to play a big role for the Beavers this season after spending two years at Kirkwood Community College. Greer is a prolific rebounder and top shot blocker who forces other teams to recognize her presence down low. She also has a knack for taking high-percentage shots from the field.

WHERE SHE COMES FROM: El Sara Greer comes to the Beavers after earning NJCAA Junior College Division II All-American honors as a sophomore. She was also named to the all-league team after helping guide Kirkwood (from Cedar Rapids) to back-to-back national championships.

She had a big presence in both titles, and after the second, was named the Most Valuable Player of the postseason tournament. She tallied 111 blocks as a sophomore, finishing with 196 in her two seasons. As a sophomore, she shot 54.1 percent from the field; as a freshman, that number stood at 60.9 while averaging seven rebounds per game.

Greer went to Kirkwood after four outstanding seasons at East Waterloo High School. She earned all-conference first team three years in basketball and was also a first-team all-metro selection. Greer averaged 12.8 points, 13 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in during her career in basketball.

Greer also showed a tendency for athleticism in other sports at East Waterloo. She was a three-time state qualifier in track and field, where she competed in the open 200 and the shot. She also earned first and second team all-conference honors in volleyball and first team honors in golf.

WHO SHE IS: Greer was born in Waterloo, Iowa, and is the daughter of Betty and Willie Greer. She has Has two siblings: Essoria, 16, and Ettore, 14, and is majoring in broadcasting/communications. As a major in broadcasting, her dream job would be to work on a big-time television show on a national level. She proved to be an excellent student in high school, earning Honor Roll status in three of her four years. She considers her biggest athletic thrill to date as winning back-to-back national championships at the junior college level. That is quite impressive. She considers her favorite thing about Corvallis the people. Greer lists Las Vegas as her favorite city she has visited and still wants to see Miami and Los Angeles. Well, she will get her wish in January and March when the Beavers visit USC and UCLA and then play in the Pac-10 Tournament. El Sara would want to go back and visit Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 'I have a dream' speech because that was a changing moment in the country. She chose Oregon State because it plays in a great conference and has a great team atmosphere.

Greer and the Beavers opened up preparations for the 2009-10 season last Friday when the team was allowed its first practice by the NCAA. Stay tuned to to learn more about members of the 2009-10 and to read more about the upcoming season. OSU opens its exhibition season Nov. 2 at legendary Gill Coliseum.

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