Dec. 14, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s basketball head coach Kevin McGuff announced on Monday the addition of transfer Linnae Harper to the roster.

Harper, who played two seasons as Kentucky, has enrolled at Ohio State for the spring semester and can begin practicing with the team. She will be eligible to play beginning at the end of the 2016 autumn semester and will have a year and a half of eligibility.

“I’m extremely excited to welcome Linnae to the Ohio State women’s basketball family,” McGuff said. “She’s an outstanding young women with a tremendous work ethic. Her experiences playing in the SEC as well as with Team USA will help her have a significant impact on our program.”

Harper played in a total of 69 games over two seasons with the Wildcats and made 17 starts. She averaged better than nine points per game in those two seasons and at just 5-8, she was the Wildcats’ leading rebounder a year ago, averaging more than seven rebounds a contest. Harper was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2014 and earned All-Defensive Team honors last season.

Harper is also a veteran of international basketball as she has been part of five Team USA teams. She won a silver medal this past summer as a member of the US Pan American Team where she was teammates with fellow Buckeye Stephanie Mavunga. Harper also earned a gold medal with Team USA at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship and the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship as well as a bronze medal at the 2011 USA 3×3 U18 World Championship.

The Chicago, Illinois native attended Whitney M. Young High School where she helped lead the team to four city titles and the 2012 Illinois Class 4A state championship which concluded a perfect 34-0 season. She was a consensus high school All-American and a finalist for the 2013 McDonald’s and Naismith National Player of the Year.

Harper is now one of four McDonald’s All-Americans on the Buckeye roster, joining Kelsey Mitchell, Stephanie Mavunga and Sierra Calhoun.