OKLAHOMA CITY -- Carlee Roethlisberger, the younger sister
of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, has orally
committed to play basketball for the University of Oklahoma, her
Connie Lyon, the coach at Findlay (Ohio) High School, said
Roethlisberger committed to Oklahoma on Sunday after making a
recruiting trip last week to the campus in Norman. Oral commitments
are not binding, but Lyon said Roethlisberger plans to sign with
the Sooners during the NCAA signing period in November.
Several Big 10 Conference schools recruited Roethlisberger, who
also received recruiting interest for her volleyball schools from
Division I powers including Nebraska and Minnesota.
Because of NCAA rules, Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale can't comment
on Roethlisberger's commitment until Roethlisberger signs. Lyon
said Roethlisberger "found a home when she first stepped onto the
campus" at Oklahoma.
"It just appeared to be a good fit for Carlee," Lyons said.
The 6-foot-1 Roethisberger has played every position but center
for Findlay during her career, Lyon said, and is projected as a
perimeter player in college. This past season, she averaged 19.1
points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.9 steals in helping the
Trojans to a 20-4 record.
Roethlisberger becomes the fourth player at Oklahoma with family
ties to professional sports.
She will join twins Courtney and Ashley Paris, the daughters of
former San Francisco 49ers all-pro lineman Bubba Paris, and Abi
Olajuwon, daughter of former NBA most valuable player Hakeem
Olajuwon. The Parises will be sophomores next season, while
Olajuwon will be a freshman.