Amber Stokes Q-A
For freshman Amber Stokes, being a basketball player at Ohio State is more than a privilege. For her, it is becoming a family tradition. Being the daughter of former Buckeye Ron Stokes, the Gahanna Lincoln High School product grew up to be a basketball and track standout. Despite being sidelined all season with a shoulder injury, Stokes still took time to talk about making decisions, her free time and being a Buckeye.
Q: What were the keys in making your decision to come to Ohio State?
A: One reason I came to Ohio State was because I wanted to follow in the footsteps of my dad.
Another was because I like the tradition that Ohio State has and the support they get from the fans. I also knew a lot of the girls on the team already because we played AAU basketball together.
Q: How did your family react to you choosing Ohio State?
A: I committed on my official visit when we were leaving Coach Foster’s house. I told everyone that I wanted to go to Ohio State. My dad had this big smile on his face and my mom gave me a hug. They are very happy that I chose to be a Buckeye.
Q: What was is it like having a Buckeye for a father?
A: It is great. He taught me a lot of things about playing college basketball and told me his stories. I learned a lot about Ohio State from my dad.
Q: You have had a lot of experience and accomplishments leading up to college. What are some experiences that stick out as being very beneficial to your basketball career?
A: My dad put on a bunch of basketball camps that helped me grow a lot as a basketball player. I played AAU since I was young and that helped me become a competitive player. Not only was I involved with my school’s basketball team, but I was also able to practice with other teams outside of school and that really helped me.
Q: What are you looking forward to the most being a college basketball player?
A: I want to be a Big Ten champion and eventually win a national championship. That is what I want to accomplish being a basketball player here.
Q: The hardest part of transitioning from high school to college?
A: The hardest part is managing my time. I go to practice and then go back to my dorm and have a good amount of free time. During that free time I just want to relax, but I know that I have a lot of school work to do as well. I need to work harder at managing my free time better.
Q: You were also a track star at Gahanna Lincoln High School. Would you like to run track at Ohio State and if so, what would you like to run?
A: I am still debating whether or not I want to run. If I did, I would like to do long jump and some relays. I did long jump towards the end of my senior year of high school, liked it and did really well in it.
Q: What are some of the things you like to do outside of sports?
A: Mostly, I like to hang out with my friends and go to the movies. Anytime I get to relax is great so I like to take advantage of those times when I get them.
Q: Best part about being a Buckeye?
A: I’m following in my dad’s footsteps. I get to say that I’m going to the same school as my dad. We’re the first father/daughter duo to play basketball at Ohio State and that is really exciting for me. I’m happy to be a Buckeye.