Ohio State could now make an entire starting lineup of graduate transfer players as the Buckeyes added their fifth of this offseason in former Ball State point guard Carmen Grande.
One of the most desired Graduate Transfers in #NCAAW outstanding spaniard PG CARMEN GRANDE @CarmenGrandeP will finally play her Senior season for OHIO ST BUCKEYES @OhioState_WBB She was 2nd best in assists per game in the country last season (9.2 apg). BEST WISHES!!! pic.twitter.com/myBlTbC9vk— bplayermedia.com (@bplayermedia) May 28, 2018
Grande, originally from Madrid, Spain, is one of the top facilitators in the country, averaging nearly a double-double with points and assists. Last season, she finished second in the country with 9.2 assists per game and averaged 11.5 points per game.
This is one more addition to a massive 2018 recruiting class that now features five graduate transfer and four incoming first-year players.
The graduate transfers include Najah Queenland from Pacific and Carly Santoro from Bowling Green, Adreana Miller from LaSalle, Ashanti Abshaw from Cleveland State, and now Grande.
The freshman class is the largest the team has signed since 2014. It features two international players – four-star post player Dorka Juhasz from Hungary and four-star forward Aixa Wone of Spain – as well as four-star guard Jannai Crooms and three-star forward Aaliyah Patty.
The nine incoming players provide the Buckeyes with much-needed reinforcements after they lost five seniors to graduation – three of whom are currently on WNBA rosters.