COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State head coach Jim Foster Wednesday announced the signing of two recruits to National Letters of Intent. Among the two-member class are Samantha Prahalis, a 5-foot, 7-inch point guard from Commack, N.Y., and Amber Stokes, a 5-foot, 10-inch guard from Gahanna, Ohio. Both rank among the top 100 prospects overall by several recruiting publications and rank in the top 25 at their respected positions.
Prahalis, one of the nation’s best prep point guards who has been starting for the varsity team since the seventh grade, is ranked as the sixth-best prospect at her position in the country by HoopGurlz.com and the 25th best overall by Blue Star Basketball. She averaged more than 23 points per game last season for Commack High School and was a second team all-New York State selection in 2007 by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
Stokes, the daughter of former Buckeye Ron Stokes, is listed as the 21st best guard by Hoopgurlz and ranks among the top 50 recruits by All-Star Girls Report. Stokes averaged 19.5 points per game as a junior last season in leading Gahanna Lincoln to the district finals and will add to an already athletic Buckeye backcourt.
Complete biographies on Prahalis and Stokes are listed below.
Bios updated March 27, 2008
2008 McDonald’s All-American … Finished her career with 2,372 points … Gatorade Player of the Year in New York … Averaged 30.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 7.9 assists, 7.2 steals her senior season as Commack High School finished 18-3 … Scored 33 points in the Suffolk County Class AA championship game … Averaged 23.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 5.2 steals as a junior, leading Commack High School to a 19-4 record and a 12-0 mark in conference play … has scored more than 1,700 career points heading into her senior season … Ranked the 12th-best prospect in the country by All-Star Girls Report and the sixth-best point guard by HoopGurlz.com … 25th-best prospect by Blue Star Basketball … A five-year varsity starter and is beginning her third season as captain … second-team all-state selection by the New York State Sportswriters Association in 2007 and fourth team in 2006 … an adidas Top 10 All-Star in 2006 … started for Commack in the seventh grade, earning league rookie of the year honors and all-league honors five-consecutive years … a four-time all-county selection … as a freshman she was a New York Newsday second-team all-Long Island selection, which comprises of two counties, Nassau and Suffolk, and two sections of the NYSPHSAA … eighth-team all-state (as selected by NYS Sportswriters’ Association) as a freshman … a three-time LIAF Metro Classic participant and the 2007-08 Most Valuable Player … Newsday first-team all-Long Island selection as a sophomore and junior … Newsday Charles Clark Award Winner, Suffolk County and Long Island Player of the Year … Madison Square Garden Network High School Weekly All-Metro Team (includes NYC, Long Island, Northern New Jersey, Southwestern Connecticut and downstate New York) … member of Exodus AAU team … USA Basketball Youth Development Festival invitee … Nike Skills Development Camp participant … dubbed “The Show” by Glenn Nelson, publisher of HoopGurlz.com.
Averaged 20.2 points per game her senior season … first-team All-Central District and Associated Press third-team All-Ohio … Ranked as the No. 63 prospect, the No. 21 guard and a four-star player by HoopGurlz.com … an athletic combo guard that can play the one or the two spot … member of the All-Ohio Black club team … averaged 19.5 points, 4.1 assists and 3.1 steals per game at Columbus St. Francis DeSales and Gahanna Lincoln High School last season, leading the Lions to the district finals … enters her senior season with 1,165 points … received the Lincoln High School Varsity Award Silver Certificate, awarded by the Ohio Coaches Association … named to the Central Ohio Top High School Basketball Player Super 12 Team in 2006 and 07 … As a sophomore at DeSales, Stokes helped her team to a 21-4 record and a Central Catholic League Championship (8-0 conference record) … honorable mention Division II All-Ohio selection … second-team all-district and first-team all-CCL … led team in assists (4.1 apg) and was second in scoring (13.1 ppg) as a sophomore … Helped U15 AAU team to the USJN Premier Invitational Championship in Fisher, Ind., and the Nike Super 25 Tournament in Atlanta, Ga. … Nike Skills Development Camp participant … also a standout track athlete, placed fifth in the 400 meters in the Division I state track meet in 2007 and fourth in 2006 … set the Lincoln High School record in the 200 (24.89) and 400 meters (54.7) … member of the National Honor Society … Lincoln High School Academic Excellence Award in 2006 and 2007.