Another Stokes Will Be Buckeye Cager

The daughter of a former Buckeye great will suit up for Jim Foster's team next season after Amber Stokes of Gahanna committed to Ohio State.

Another Stokes is set to don the Scarlet and Gray on a basketball court after Amber Stokes, the daughter of former OSU guard Ron, gave a verbal commitment Oct. 20 to play for Jim Foster's Buckeyes.

The decision by the Gahanna (Ohio) Lincoln star came at the conclusion of her official visit. "We were having dinner at the coach's house and the players were there and the coaches and my parents and another recruit and her mom," she told, setting the scene.

"We were finishing up. Everybody was about to leave, and I said, ‘All right, everybody gather round. Quiet, quiet. All right, I'm coming to Ohio State.' "

The news that the 5-8 1/2 guard would follow in her father's footsteps was, not surprisingly, met with a joyous reaction, and her parents are ecstatic.

"They're very excited," she said. "My dad had the biggest smile on his face when I said I wanted to go to Ohio State, and my mom was smiling. They're really happy that I'm going to be staying close to home so they'll be able to watch me play."

Stokes averaged 19 points and 4 assists per game last season playing for both Columbus DeSales and Gahanna Lincoln. She picked Ohio State from a final three that also consisted of Illinois and Louisville. "I did enjoy those places but I felt like Ohio State was the school for me," she said.

She visited both her other schools prior to her official visit with the hometown Buckeyes.

The younger Stokes said she grew up a Buckeye fan and has attended numerous games, both of the men's and women's teams.

"I'm really excited," she said. "It's a huge weight off my shoulders, so that was a big thing in deciding where I would go to college."

Primarily a point guard for her high school team, Stokes said the OSU coaching staff told her they plan to use her at both guard spots and perhaps small forward.

Stokes is rated a three-star recruit by and will enter college along with fellow Ohio State commit Samantha Prahalis, a five-star point guard recruit from Commack, N.Y., who committed earlier in October.

Stokes is looking forward to joining the Buckeyes as they install a new fast-break attack.

"Oh yes, they told me how they want to be a faster team this year," she said. "Going to their practices, I've seen they have a lot of fast people. The team looks really, really good so I'm excited to be able to watch them play and how they'll do this year."

A Buckeye guard from 1982-85, Ron Stokes averaged 10.3 points, 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals per contest. He never missed a game in a Buckeye career that saw him serve as captain for both his junior and senior seasons and be named team most valuable player as a senior in 1985 when he averaged a career-best 13.9 points and 4.3 assists per game.

Stokes shot 47.7 percent from the field in his four seasons, three of which included appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

He now serves as color analyst for his alma mater's radiobroadcasts.

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