Cowgirls Get Commit From Standout Point Guard

Since 2006, the Oklahoma State’s women basketball team has had only two point guards. Andrea Riley led the Cowgirls from 2006 to 2009, and Tiffany Bias was the team’s leader from 2010 to 2014. OSU head coach Jim Littell may have locked up over the weekend the next great Cowgirl point guard in Amber Ramirez.

The 5-foot-8 Ramirez is ranked as the sixth-best point guard and the 19th-best overall prospect in the Class of 2016 (meaning she is just in her junior year of high school).

Ramirez averaged 16 points, 3.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 3.3 steals while shooting 36 percent on 3-pointers as a sophomore at Wagner High School in San Antonio. She led the Thunderbirds to a 25-11 record and the Class 5A state semifinals. She was named the All-Area Newcomer of the Year by the San Antonio Express-New as a freshman in 2013.

Ramirez gave a verbal commitment to the Cowgirls on Saturday while in Stillwater on an unofficial visit with her family.

“I just thought Oklahoma State was the place for me. The academics, athletics and the school were all great,” she said.

“Everything impressed me about Oklahoma State. There’s not one thing I could say bad about it. Everything was great – the school was great, the academic center was awesome, the homecoming and walking around and seeing everything was great, the coaches are great … it was just amazing.”

Verbal commitments are non-binding, and Ramirez can’t officially sign with Oklahoma State until the early signing period in November 2015.

But the four-star recruit who received scholarship offers from too many schools to remember says she plans to be in Stillwater as a freshman when the 2016-17 season begins.

“It’s very serious. This is the place I want to go to school. Nothing is going to change my mind. I know Oklahoma State is the school for me,” said Ramirez, who had narrowed her final list to nine schools (OSU, Texas, Texas Tech, Texas-San Antonio, Baylor, Washington, Colorado, Ohio State and Kansas State) before committing to the Cowgirls.

Two of the reasons she picked OSU are Riley and Bias, two of the best point guards in the Big 12 during their outstanding playing careers for the Cowgirls.

“It did because of point guards like Andrea Riley and Tiffany Bias. You can tell coach Littell let’s his guards go, he let’s them play,” Ramirez said. “I think that probably helped me make my decision that I can come in there as a guard and play my game.”

She gives an interesting reply when asked to describe her game for Cowgirls fans. “I can shoot lights out of the ball. Like Phil Forte, I can shoot kinda like him,” Ramirez said. “I’m a leader on the court. I want people to know me as a leader that plays defense and gets after the ball.”

Ramirez says she knew the trip to Stillwater may end her recruiting.

“I knew that I wanted to go there but I just wanted to visit there because it was my first time on the campus. In my heart, I knew that I wanted to go there.”

Here’s an outstanding story on Ramirez written earlier this year from the espnW website:
Amber Ramirez: Ooh and ‘Ah, ref’


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