Nov. 14, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kevin McGuff, Ohio State head women’s basketball coach, today announced the signing of five of the premier prep prospects in the country to National Letters of Intent to play for the Buckeyes in 2014. The class, which includes one five and three four-star recruits, is ranked has high as No. 2 by and Blue Star Basketball. The group includes four ESPN Top 100 prospects, including four from the state of Ohio and one Michigan native.

Headlining the class is the third-ranked overall player in ESPN’s Top 100 in Kelsey Mitchell, a 5-8 point guard from Princeton High School in Cincinnati, and sister Chelsea Mitchell, a 5-11 forward. Joining the Mitchell’s is 6-2 forward Makayla Waterman from Fairmont High School in Kettering, Ohio, who is ranked No. 69 overall by ESPN and the 14th best at her position. Rounding out the class is 5-7 point guard Asia Doss out of Detroit Country Day, ranked the 22nd best point guard in the country and 92nd overall, and Alexa Hart, a 6-3 forward from North Ridgeville, Ohio and Columbus Africentric, who is ranked 82nd overall by ESPN and the 16th best at her position.

“I’m incredibly excited to welcome such a wonderful group of young women to our program,” McGuff said. “I believe we’ve added the right pieces to a growing program that will allow us to fulfill our goal of competing at the highest level of women’s college basketball. This class is extremely talented, deep and full of young women with great work ethic and high character.

“I want to give special thanks to my staff who worked incredibly hard to make this happen. Our mission is to be among the very best in college basketball and today is a significant step towards achieving that goal.”

Below is a breakdown of Ohio State’s 2014 recruiting class (in alphabetical order):

Asia Doss
5-7, Guard
Detroit, Mich.
Detroit Country Day School
ESPN Top 100 and four-star prospect … ranked No. 92 overall and the No. 22 point guard … Class B First Team All-State selection as a junior … averaged 18.0 points, 14.5 assists and three steals in her junior season … member of the 2012-13 Metro Detroit Dream Team … named the 2012 Motor City Roundball Classic MVP … led high school to three consecutive regional titles … member of Michigan Crossover AAU program.

Alexa Hart
6-3, Forward
North Ridgeville, Ohio
Columbus Africentric
ESPN Top 100 and four-star prospect … ranked No. 82 overall and 16th at her position … did not compete in junior season due to transfer from Lake Ridge Academy (Cleveland) to Africentric (Columbus) … collected 191 points, 131 rebounds and 85 blocks in two seasons with Lake Ridge Academy … First team Division IV All-Lorain Country in 2011-12 … Second Team Division IV Northeast Lakes All-District selection … honorable mention Division IV All-Ohio squad in 2011-12 … named Cleveland Plain Dealer’s High School Player of the Week in Feb. 2012 … member of the AAU Super Showcase and All-Ohio AAU team.

Chelsea Mitchell
5-11, Forward
Cincinnati, Ohio
Three-star prospect … named to Division I All-District second-team following junior season by District 16 Basketball Coaches’ Association … GMC All-Conference Second Team selection after junior season … two-time Greater Miami Conference Champion … three-time sectional and district champion … averaged 9.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists in junior season … recovering from a torn ACL in April 2012 … member of All-Ohio AAU team.

Kelsey Mitchell
5-8, Guard
Cincinnati, Ohio
ESPN Top 100 and five-start recruit … ranked No.3 overall and the No.1 point guard … named Cincinnati Enquirer Player of the Year after her sophomore and junior seasons … also earned a spot on the Associated Press First Team All-Ohio squad as a sophomore and junior … named Southwest District Player of the Year, Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame Girls’ Player of the Year and Women’s Sports Association’s Basketball Play of the Year as a junior … named to American Family Insurance All-USA Today Preseason All-America Team prior to her junior season … averaged 23.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals as a junior while shooting 44.2 percent from the floor … posted a school record 38 points in 2012 opener vs. Mercy … member of All-Ohio AAU team.

Makayla Waterman
6-2, Forward
Kettering, Ohio
Kettering Fairmont
ESPN Top 100 and four-star prospect … ranked 69th overall and 15th in position by ESPN … 2013 Ohio Division I state champion … named co-outstanding player of the Division I state tournament … posted 24 points and 11 rebound in state championship game … named to GWOC First-Team All-Division in freshman and junior season … GWOC Second-Team All-Division selection in sophomore season … three-time GWOC conference champion … notched a 27-1 record in junior season, including a 13-game win-streak en route to a state championship … averaged 8.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.7 steals in junior season … two-time winner of the Melissa Fortener McLaughlin B Positive Spirit Award … granddaughter of former Ohio State men’s basketball assistant coach Ben Waterman … member of Sports City U club team.