In Thursday’s WNBA Draft, the Indiana Fever used the night’s second overall selection to take one of the most decorated players in NCAA history, Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell. The 5’8 guard leaves Columbus with 29 OSU, Big Ten, and NCAA records, and sits as the second-highest scoring player in the history of women’s Division I basketball with a mind-blowing 3,402 points.
The three-time Big Ten Player of the Year, and the program’s only four-time All-American, contemplated entering the draft following her junior season, but now she will be asked to contribute to the team with the second-worst offense in the WNBA last year.
The Fever will tip off their season on May 19, as they host the Chicago Sky.
Why Kelsey Mitchell is a first round pick
In her senior season, Mitchell led the Buckeyes with 24.3 points per game, second only to Iowa’s Megan Gustafson in the B1G; the total was also good for third nationally. Mitchell also led the Buckeyes wth 4.2 assists per outing.
The top-guard prospect in this year’s draft class, Mitchell is also a scoring machine from behind the arc. During the Buckeyes’ NCAA Tournament run — despite being knocked out in the Round of 32 — the guard made 6-of-16 three-point attempts, capping off a career record of 91 straight games with a three.
“She made 40 percent of her 9.1 three-point attempts per game, which is otherworldly. In four seasons, she’s never attempted less than 8.8 attempts or shot worse than 37 percent. She’s the perfect guard fit for a changing WNBA that’s valuing shots from range more than ever.” — Matt Ellentuck, SB Nation
The Buckeye really does it all, and has the talent to succeed at the next level.
As Mitchell arrived at the Draft at Nike Headquarters in New York City on Thursday afternoon, she thanked Buckeye fans for supporting her throughout her career, and wished the best of luck to her teammates also hoping to hear their names called.
With the first pick, the Las Vegas Aces selected South Carolina forward A’ja Wilson.