Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 10/24/14

Via Larry Brown Sports:

The Iowa State women’s basketball team came away with a comfortable 86-47 win over Alabama State on Sunday, but center Anna Prins was left celebrating more than just a blowout victory. After the game, Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly led a young man named Ryan De Hamer out onto the court. Considering De Hamer is Prins’ boyfriend, she probably had a hunch about what was going to happen next.

With a microphone in-hand, De Hamer got down on one knee at center court and proposed to the 6-foot-7 senior. She said yes.

“I was crying,” Prins told the Ames Gazette. “I couldn’t have asked for a better place, just with all the people that were involved: Coach (Bill Fennelly), my team, the fans in Hilton, my family was there. Pretty special.”

Fennelly said he was more than happy to turn the attention away from the win and onto the happy couple.

“We orchestrated it, I think, where the timing was good for everybody involved,” he said with a laugh. “He set the bar pretty high for all the other boyfriends. There’s not very many times where I’ll admit there are other things more important than basketball. That was one of those times. Fun to be a part of.”

The Iowa state coach added that the most challenging aspect of being part of the act was keeping it a secret — especially from his own wife.

Kudos to De Hamer for the creativity. We have seen some proposals that have gone terribly wrong at sporting events, and any time you can avoid becoming a part of the proposal Hall of Shame you deserve credit in our book.

  • Ahhh...college sweethearts! That marriage is SURE to last!
  • Are you serious? You HONESTLY think that just because he proposed in College that their marriage isn't going to last? My grandfather proposed to my grandmother in college and they have been married for almost fifty years, maybe more than that. My father proposed to my mother in HIGHSCHOOL and they've been married nearly twenty years. Just because you have a negative view of getting married young doesn't mean you need to look down on these two people and assume their marriage isn't going to last.
  • Oh the bitter souls...
    I was proposed to at 19, married at 21, first child at 27... married over 11 years and still going strong. It's more about the attitude of the people going into the marriage than the age. Yeah, my husband and I have changed a good deal but we hold on and commit to working through issues. In our entire marriage, divorce has never been brought up once... even when we were screaming at the top of our lungs and ready to kill each other those first 5 years:) The key? Picking someone who is faithful and just as committed as you are. Some people have these qualities at 18. Some never have them.
  • To people that think young people cant commit, your are wrong. It definitely takes a lot of hard work on both parties. I met my husband when I was 16 he was 20, we dated for only 5 months and have been married for 32 years and my parents said we'd were too young and would never stay together but here we are. So give em a break and congratulations I hope ya'll have a long and happy life.
    And we did not have to get married we wanted to get married.
  • I agree with "basketballl" it depends on the people. The reason folks can't stay "married" is because they are "marrying" for all the wrong reasons. They can make it work, but they have to BOTH want to be married.
  • I bet she had another "blow out game" later that night. He's probably still pulling the sheets out from his bunger. At 6'7" I bet she's like a shop vac.

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