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Drey Mingo

Drey Mingo

My name is Drey Mingo. I am a senior from Atlanta, Georgia planning a career in pediatric cardiology, and I am living my dreams at Purdue.

Almost one year ago after going home to rest with an illness after practice, the women’s basketball team athletic trainer found me unconscious in my apartment.

I was rushed to the hospital with bacterial meningitis. I couldn’t hear. Doctors gave me a 50-50 chance of survival.

But they didn’t know me. 

And they didn’t know my passion for life!

Ten days later I was back on the bench. Sixteen days after that I was playing again and received a standing ovation in Conseco Fieldhouse. 

That was the best moment of my basketball career. 


I am absolutely blessed to be around people who have done so much for me and fans like you who appreciate me not only for basketball, but for the person I am.

I am receiving a world class education, while pursing my passion for basketball. Our team even had the opportunity of a global experience playing in Europe last summer. I love being a Boilermaker. 

My name is Drey Mingo and thanks to your support for student athletes I am living my dreams at Purdue.