Pickerington Central junior forward Emilee Harmon has made an oral commitment to play basketball at Ohio State.
The commitment was reported statewide by the Columbus Dispatch late Monday night.
Harmon, who is 6-foot-2 inches, reportedly chose the Buckeyes over Duke, Purdue, Notre Dame and Stanford among others.
Tom Jenkins, executive director of the Ohio Girls' Basketball Report, said Harmon is a definite contender for Ms. Basketball in 2009.
“Emilee is a special player,” Jenkins said. “She works extremely hard. She has tremendous tools like great hands and explosive hops.”
Harmon, who was a Division I first-team all-state selection last season, averaged 18.8 points and eight rebounds for Pickerington Central, according to the Dispatch.
“It just came down to the fact that I grew up here, this is where I'm from (and) my family and friends are here,” Harmon told the Dispatch. “And Ohio State has the full package academically and athletically.”
Pickerington Central AD Pete Laihr was enthused by Harmon's decision as well.
“I think that it is a great tribute to Emilee,” Laihr said. “She has worked very hard to earn a shot at playing Division I women’s basketball. With her staying close to home, her family will have a chance to see her play more often. A big weight has been lifted from Emilee’s shoulders. I believe that she is anxious to have a great senior year for the Tigers and then be able to move on to college ball.”