Kelsey Mitchell to Return For Senior Season at Ohio State

By 11W Staff on March 29, 2017 at 8:11 pm
Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell to return for her senior season.

Kelsey Mitchell wants one more crack at a Final Four.

Ohio State announced Wednesday evening Mitchell would return for her senior season in Columbus.

The WNBA Draft requires a player be at least 22 years old, have graduated from a four-year college, completed their college eligibility or be four years removed from high school. Mitchell was eligible with her age — she turned 22 in September — but decided to remain in school.

"Getting a degree from The Ohio State University was one of my top goals when coming to college and I look forward to completing my degree next spring," Mitchell, the two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, said in a statement. "My teammates and I also have a number of goals we have yet to accomplish on the court. One of those goals is to play in the Final Four and we have a tremendous opportunity to do that next year here in Columbus. I'm excited to get back in the gym with my teammates and continue to work to get better."

This past season as a junior, Mitchell averaged 22.6 points and 3.9 assists per game. She was named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press and helped guide the Buckeyes to a Big Ten regular-season title and a Sweet 16 appearance.

Mitchell is currently the program's third all-time leading scorer. Her 2,553 career points are behind only Jantel Lavender's 2,818 and Katie Smith's 2,578. Mitchell's career average of 24.5 points per game is a program best, however, topping Smith's 20.8.

She owns over 40 other program, conference and national records including the program's all-time 3-point record with 368 made 3s, as well as the single-season NCAA with 127 made 3-pointers during the 2015 season, the same season she became the first freshman ever to lead the nation in scoring.

The Final Four will be played in Columbus next season. Mitchell will look to lead the Buckeyes there for the first time since 1993. 

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