COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff has announced the signing of three players to National Letters of Intent for the class of 2020. Ohio natives Gabby Hutcherson and Anyssa Jones as well New York guard Kateri Poole all signed to be Buckeyes next year.
“I’m really excited to welcome this class to our program,” said McGuff. “They are all great kids and really talented basketball players. They will be great ambassadors for Ohio State women’s basketball both on and off the court.”
Poole, a 5-8 point guard from the Bronx, N.Y., is a five-star recruit who is currently the No. 20 ranked recruit in the entire 2020 class. She recently transferred to South Shore High School after leading Monsignor Scanlan H.S. to a runner-up finish in 2019. Poole averaged 18.4 points and 5.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game last year and earned second team all-state honors.
“Kateri is one of the best scorers as far as creating her own shot that I’ve seen in this class,” said Ohio State assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Carrie Banks. “As good of a scorer as she is, I think she’s just as good of a passer. We have a lot of kids who are unselfish and like to pass the ball but can also score it as well and Kateri will fit right in. When you have a team full of those type of kids, I think it can make you tough to guard and it can be really fun to watch.”
Hutcherson and Jones are teammates at nearby Westerville South High School. They led the Wildcats to a 21-6 record each of the last two seasons and a spot in the regionals. They both have also played AAU ball at the highest level so the winning culture is deeply instilled in each of them.
Hutcherson is a 6-2 forward that stretches the floor with her skills on the perimeter. She already knows what it means to be a Buckeye as her mother Mindy was a member of the women’s basketball program from 1987-90.
“I think Gabby is a perfect fit for our program and system and I feel her best basketball is ahead of her,” Banks said. “As she continues to grow and eventually develop in our system, she’s going to be very, very good because of her size and versatility. She’s comfortable on the perimeter but can score and rebound around the basket. We’re really excited to get Gabby in our program.”
Jones, a 5-10 guard, averaged 15.8 points per game last year for the Wildcats and earned third team All-Ohio honors.
“Anyssa has the ability to step right in and make an impact in our program,” said Banks. “She has a really high basketball IQ, being the daughter of a coach, and she has played a lot of basketball at a high level. So that will give her an advantage coming into our program as she’ll already have a good idea of what it takes to be successful at this level.”
This class is a continuation of McGuff and his staff’s efforts of reshaping the program. The 2018 class averaged more than 30 points per game and started a combined 53 games last year as freshmen. The 2019 class of seven players was ranked No. 4 nationally and has averaged nearly 40 points per game in the first two wins this season.