Ferguson Becomes Second Buckeye Verbal

Ohio State women's basketball head coach Jim Foster's 2011 recruiting class doubled in size Sunday night with the verbal commitment of local star Raven Ferguson, a wing considered one of the top players in the nation. BuckeyeSports.com has the details.

Ohio State picked up its second women's basketball recruit Oct. 24 when Columbus Africentric wing Raven Ferguson verbally committed to be a Buckeye.

Ferguson, who made her official visit to Ohio State this weekend, is the nation's No. 35 player and No. 2 in Ohio according to HoopGurlz.com.

An 5-11 wing player, she said Ohio State head coach Jim Foster told her she reminds him of former Buckeye star Brandie Hoskins.

"We kind of play alike she can drive to the bucket and pass and we do all kinds of things that are alike," Ferguson told BuckeyeSports.com. "That's a good compliment because she's very good."

Ferguson was a second-team All-Ohio selection after averaging 23.8 points per game as a junior for the Nubians last season.

She also made official visits to Miami (Fla.) and Xavier before choosing to be a Buckeye. She had an official visit scheduled for Michigan State next weekend but said she will likely cancel that.

Distance was a big factor in her ultimate decision.

"It was pretty much about my family being able to come see me play," she said. "I'm real family-oriented, so I want my family to be at the games."

Getting along well with Foster and his staff and the current Buckeyes helped, too, of course.

"I like the coaches. I've been hanging out with the players lately, and they're all cool," she said. "I used to go to open gyms during the summer so I got kind of close to them then and ever since it's just been a good relationship."

Asked to describe herself as a player, Ferguson said, "I'm an all-around type of player. I'm very cocky, I would say that. I talk a lot of smack. I like to get to the basket. My favorite thing is an and-1. Every time I go to the basket I like to get fouled."

Ferguson is the second 2011 player to verbally commit to Ohio State, joining point guard Maleeka Kynard of Toledo Start.

The earliest recruits may sign a binding letter-of-intent is Nov. 10.


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