Ohio State Names Jacy Sheldon, JJ Tracy As 2023-24 Athletes of the Year

By Chase Brown on June 18, 2024 at 12:11 pm
Athletes of the Year
Ohio State Dept. of Athletics

Jacy Sheldon and JJ Tracy are Ohio State’s Athletes of the Year.

Ohio State named its Associated Press All-American and its ITA Indoor national champion as the school’s Athletes of the Year on Tuesday. The honor places Sheldon and Tracy on the ballot for Big Ten Athlete of the Year, which will be announced later in June.

In her final season at Ohio State, Sheldon scored 18.2 points per game, the third-best average in the Big Ten behind Caitlin Clark (Iowa) and Mackenzie Holmes (Indiana). She also recorded 3.7 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2.1 steals per contest for the Buckeyes, who went 25-5 overall and 16-2 in conference to win a Big Ten championship.

After five years at Ohio State, Sheldon ranks No. 8 all-time with 1,992 career points. The Dublin, Ohio, native also appears in the top 15 in another 10 categories, and she is one of three Buckeyes to end their college careers with over 1,900 points, 400 rebounds, 350 assists, 200 steals and 150 made 3-pointers.

Sheldon was the No. 5 overall pick at the 2024 WNBA draft and landed with the Dallas Wings. Across seven appearances for the franchise, she has averaged 2.7 points, 1.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.4 steals in 13.5 minutes per contest.

Tracy also had a remarkable final season at Ohio State. The Powell, Ohio, native started the year winning a doubles title with Robert Cash at the ITA All-American Championship, and he ended the year winning a doubles title with Cash at the NCAA Championship. In between those accomplishments, Tracy helped lead the Buckeyes to their third ITA Indoor Team national championship, 18th consecutive Big Ten championship and 16th Big Ten Tournament title.

Tracy had a combined record of 77-12 in doubles and singles competition in 2023-24. After the season, he was named a first-team All-Big Ten honoree and All-American. He was also named the ITA Midwest Regional Senior Player of the Year. Tracy finished his Ohio State career with 235 career victories, the fifth-most in program history.

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