According to multiple published reports, the Ohio State women’s basketball team has received a third verbal commitment for the class of 2010.
Amy Scullion, a 6-0 forward from Salem, Ohio, told the Salem News she picked pursuing a basketball career as a Buckeye rather than continue her standout volleyball career.
While she earned third-team All-Ohio honors in basketball last season, she was a first-team all-state selection in volleyball during the fall in Division II.
“It definitely was a really hard decision,” Scullion told the paper. “It came down to Ohio State being the school I wanted to be at.
“I love the atmosphere and I love the university. I jumped at the chance.”
In an earlier interview with BuckeyeSports.com, Scullion’s AAU coach identified Scullion as a player Ohio State had long shown interest in and one who might have just scratched the surface of her potential in one sport because of her preoccupation with the other.
Because of time spent with USA Volleyball, she did not play a full AAU schedule with Clayton’s Sports City U team last summer, but when she did hit the hardwood, college coaches took notice.
“My phone was blowing up,” Clayton said.
Although she is ranked among the top 50 recruits in the country by ESPN/Hoop Gurlz, Scullion’s continued interest in volleyball led some programs to back off their interest, a group that did not include Ohio State.
“She can jump, she's long, athletic and can shoot it,” Clayton said. “If she'd ever really get dead serious about basketball and just commit to one thing, I mean it’s hard telling what she could do - I mean, really.”
Clayton first took notice of Scullion as a prospect when she was an eighth-grader, saying he could not believe then she was so young.
Now he’s impressed with how well she can stand out on a basketball court without giving the sport her full attention.
“She can not play and then go out and play against some of the best players and look that good, so once she ever gets focused in and works out hard, she’s – oh man,” he said, also praising her work ethic.
Scullion is the third player to give a verbal commitment to Ohio State for the class of 2010, joining AAU teammate Darryce Moore of Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman, a 6-1 post player who committed last fall, and 6-2 forward Martina Ellerbe of Teaneck, N.J., who committed in April.