Rayven Stone wants to be a missionary, but for now she’s thrilled that she’ll be able to play college basketball while studying to pursue her calling.
“Oh, I’m pumped,” the 17-year-old said Monday morning, just before signing her letter of intent to play basketball next year for Rhema Bible Training College, in Broken Arrow. “I’m glad to continue to do my favorite hobby.”
Stone played shooting guard for the Pawhuska Lady Huskies. She was also a multisport athlete, making it to the State 2A track meet this spring in the long jump.
Luke Broadbent, her high school basketball coach, praised Stone’s work ethic and character.
“Nunber one, I’m excited because she’s such a great kid, with very high character,” Broadbent said. “She’s a selfless, high-character person.”
Broadbent also said it has been a while since anyone at Pawhuska signed a basketball letter of intent, and Stone’s achievement is good for Pawhuska High School basketball.
“As far as our program, it’s just one more building block that’s being laid,” he said.
Rhema Bible coach Kerri Sharp and assistant coach Jorell Henry were on-hand Monday for the signing.
“I can already tell she’s got a work ethic,” Sharp said, adding that Stone will fit into her system.
Sharp told a crowd of enthusiastic classmates of Stone’s, who were also present for the signing, that Stone will be going from one close-knit environment to another.
“They call me ‘Mama K’,” she said.