Kelsey Mitchell


Player profile

  • Height 5-8
  • Hometown Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Last School Princeton
  • Year Senior

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Career Honors

  • First team All-Big Ten (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • B1G Player of the Year (2015, 2017, 2018)
  • USBWA and ESPNW National Freshman of the Year (2015)
  • Unanimous B1G Freshman of the Year (2015)
  • First Team All-American
    USBWA (2015, 2016, 2017)
    AP (2016)
    WBCA (2016, 2017)
    ESPNW (2016)
  • Second Team All-American
    AP (2015, 2017)
    ESPNW (2015, 2017, 2018)
  • Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player (2018)
  • Big Ten All-Tournament Team (2015, 2016, 2018)
  • Naismith Award Semifinalist (2015, 2017, 2018), Finalist (2016)
  • John R. Wooden Award National Ballot (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Dawn Staley and Nancy Lieberman Award finalist (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • National Player of the Week 4 times (12/29/14, 11/30/15, 1/4/16, 11/27/17)
  • B1G Player of the Week 12 times (12/23/14, 1/26/15, 11/30/15, 1/4/16, 1/9/17, 1/23/17, 2/6/17, 2/27/17, 11/27/17, 12/18/17, 1/8/18, 2/19/18)
  • B1G Freshman of the Week 7 times
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2016-17)
  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2017)
  • OSU Scholar-Athlete (2015-17)

2017-18 – SENIOR

  • Scored a game-high 30 pts and moved to No. 2 all-time on the OSU career scoring chart, passing Katie Smith in OSU’s win over Stanford (11/10)
  • Made 7 threes and finished with 26 pts to go along with a career-high tying 8 assists vs. No. 9 Louisville (11/12)
  • Canned 6 three-pointers and finished with 32 pts vs. Quinnipiac (11/17)
  • Scored 34 pts on 7-of-11 from long range and become the NCAA DI all-time three-point leader in the win over FGCU (11/24)
  • Knocked-down an OSU single-game record 19 free throws on 20 attempts and finished with 37 pts in the championship game of the Play4Kay Showcase vs. Stanford (11/25)
  • Was named the Play4Kay Showcase MVP
  • Named ESPNW National Player of the Week (11/27)
  • Scored 30 pts on 12-of-22 shooting and had steals in the win at Florida (12/6)
  • Became the program’s all-time leading scorer in the game at Florida
  • Scored 31 pts, grabbed a season-high 7 rebs and dished-out a career-high 9 assists with just 1 turnover vs. her hometown team Cincinnati (12/17)
  • Had 25 pts on 9-of-17 shooting at Nebraska (12/28)
  • Moved into 2nd all-time in Big Ten history with her 22-point effort vs. Indiana (12/31)
  • Poured in a season-high tying 37 pts in the overtime win at No. 22 Michigan (1/7)
  • Named Big Ten Player of the Week for the third time of the season (1/8)
  • Recorded her 3,000th career point in a 15-point, 6-assist effort at Indiana (1/13)
  • Became the NCAA all-time three-pointer leader for any division with her three in the game at Maryland (1/22)
  • Was 10-of-13 from the floor and 5-of-6 from long range for 28 pts vs. Rutgers (2/8)
  • Hit 5 threes and finished with 28 pts in the win at Illinois (2/13)
  • Moved to No. 3 all-time in NCAA history in scoring with a 22-point, 6 assist effort in the win at Penn State (2/25)
  • Scored 30 pts and tied a season-high with 9 assists in the B1G Tournament semifinal win over Minnesota (3/3)
  • Made two big threes late to propel OSU past Maryland (3/4) to the Big Ten Tournament title
  • Named the Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player

2016-17 – Junior

  • Led the Big Ten in scoring and was ninth in the country at 22.6 points per game
  • Made 115 three-pointers which were the second-most in the Big Ten
  • Dished-out a team-high 137 assists for an average of three.9 per game
  • Scored 20 or more points in 25 games
  • Made five or more three-pointers in a game eight times
  • Made at least one three-pointer in every game
  • Became the Big Ten’s all-time leader in career three-pointers made
  • Opened the season with a game-high 18 points vs. Duquesne (11/11)
  • Scored 27 points vs. South Carolina (11/14)
  • Made seven threes and finished with a game-high 31 points vs. CSU (11/16)
  • Scored 25 points and dished a season-high six assists vs. FGCU (11/25)
  • Averaged 22 ppg at the Gulf Coast Showcase and was named to the All-Tournament Team
  • Played all 45 mins and scored a game-high 29 points in overtime loss to Miami (12/1)
  • Reached the 2,000-point mark with 23 points vs. Southern (12/7) while also tying a career-high with eight assists
  • Had a career-high six steals in the win over Canisius (12/11)
  • Made five three-pointers in the Big Ten opener vs. Minnesota (12/28)
  • Scored 31 points, grabbed six rebounds, and had five assists in win at Indiana (12/31)
  • Dished out seven assists to go with a then season-high 33 points at Northwestern (1/3)
  • Named B1G Player of the Week on Jan. nine after averaging 29.five points in wins over NW and Michigan
  • Made six threes as part of 22 points and six assists in the win over Illinois (1/22)
  • Earned B1G Player of the Week for the second time on Jan. 23
  • Scored 22 points, dished-out seven assists and had six rebounds in the win over Nebraska (1/29)
  • Had the best shooting pct. of her career, going 11-of-13 and six-of-eight from long range for 32 points at Wisconsin (2/4)
  • Was 11-of-18 shooting for 31 points in the upset of No. 2 Maryland (2/20)
  • Named B1G Player of the Week (2/27) for the fourth time after leading the Buckeyes to wins over Maryland and Rutgers
  • Had 27 points on six-of-nine shooting from long range in the Big Ten Tournament win over Northwestern (3/3)
  • Scored 21 points and became the Big Ten’s all-time three-point leader in the NCAA win at Kentucky (3/19)

2015-16 – Sophomore

  • Broke her own single-season school record with 889 points
  • Led the conference and was third in the country at 26.1 ppg
  • Finalist for every major national award and was a consensus All-American
  • Made 126 three-point field goals which was one off her NCAA single-season record from last season
  • Had four 40+ point games including a school-record 48 against MSU (2/27)
  • Scored in double-figures in all but one game
  • Led the team with 58 steals and was second with 114 assists
  • Became the fastest player in B1G history to 1,000 pts
  • Opened the year with 36 points and a career-high three blocks at No. 2 South Carolina (11/13)
  • Tied the OSU single-game record with 42 pts and made a then single-game record 15 FTs in the win over #10/9 Texas A&M (11/28) while also surpassing 1,000 career pts in the game
  • Named the South Point Shootout Most Outstanding Player
  • Named the ESPNW, College Sports Madness and B1G Player of the Week on Nov. 30
  • Tied a season-high with 6 assists to go along with 23 pts in win over Virginia (12/21)
  • Was 13-of-13 from the line and scored a game-high 25 pts vs. MSU (12/31)
  • Scored a game-high 28 pts to go with 4 steals and 4 assists in the upset at No. 5 Maryland (1/2)
  • Posted a game-high 23 pts to go along with a season-high tying 6 assists vs. Indiana (1/7)
  • Had 27 points and 6 assists in win over previously unbeaten Purdue (1/17)
  • Scored 26 of her game-high 27 pts in the 2nd half against Northwestern (1/28)
  • Totaled a game-high 33 pts on 4-of-8 from deep in the win over #5 Maryland (2/8)
  • Was 8-of-9 from three-point range and scored 35 pts in just 24 mins vs. Illinois (2/21)
  • Grabbed a season-high 9 rebs at Minnesota (2/24)
  • Scored a school-record 48 pts to go with 8 rebs and 5 assists at Mich. St. (2/27)
  • Set a new Big Ten Tournament single-game record with 43 pts in the win over Rutgers (3/4)
  • Made 4 threes and scored 27 pts to go with a season-high tying 6 assists vs. Buffalo (3/18)
  • Scored an OSU NCAA Tournament record 45 pts in the win over WVU (3/20) which were the fourth-most points in NCAA Tournament history.
  • Was 18-of-22 from the foul line against WVU, both of which were OSU single-game records and the 18 FT makes tied an NCAA Tournament record.

 2014-15 – Freshman

  • Had one of the best seasons by a Buckeye in school-history
  • Played and started all 35 games and set a total of 29 single-season or single-game records
  • Was the first freshman to ever lead the country in scoring at 24.9 ppg
  • Only player in the country to score 800 points on the year
  • Scored a school and B1G record 873 points on the year
  • Made an NCAA single-season record 127 three-pointers
  • Also set an NCAA single-season record with a three-point field goal in 35 consecutive games
  • Was named B1G Co-Player of the Year, becoming just the second freshman ever to earn conference player of the year accolades
  • Led the team with 142 assists (4.2 per game) and 59 steals
  • Grabbed 4.2 rebounds per contest
  • Scored 26 points in her first collegiate game at Virginia (11/14), including 20 in the second half
  • Had a solid stat line against St. Francis (11/16) with 28 pts, six assists and five steals
  • Made seven three-pointers and grabbed seven rebounds against Georgia (11/19)
  • Scored 35 points and tied a school-record by going 14-of-14 from the free throw line against Clemson (11/27)
  • Named to the All-Tournament Team at the Paradise Jam after leading the team in scoring all three games
  • Notched her first double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds against Pitt (12/3)
  • Set a freshman school-record with 39 points on a school-record tying eight three-pointers in the win over No. 18 West Virginia (12/22)
  • Scored 33 pts and tied a then season-high with six assists in the win over No. 16 Rutgers (1/1)
  • Had 25 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and was 5-of-5 from long range in blowout win at Indiana (Jan. 8)
  • Made a school-record nine 3-pointers and finished with 36 points against Minnesota (1/15)
  • Scored a Mackey Arena record 37 points (31 after halftime) in the win at Purdue (1/25)
  • Scored 31 points in the win over Michigan State (2/2
  • Dished-out a season-high tying eight assists against Purdue (2/17)
  • Passed Caity Matter for most three-pointers in a season by a Buckeye with three against Penn State (2/26)
  • Posted her 2nd double-double with 28 points and a season-high 10 rebounds at Nebraska (3/1)
  • Scored eight of the 10 OSU points in overtime in the Big Ten Tournament against Iowa (3/7) and finished with 29 points
  • Hit four three-pointers and scored a game-high 31 pts in the B1G Championship game against Maryland (3/8)
  • Scored 25 pts and set a new NCAA record for three-pointers in a season as well as a B1G record for points in a season during the season-finale at North Carolina (3/23)


  • 2014 McDonald’s, Parade and WBCA All-American
  • Associated Press Ohio Ms. Basketball and Division I Player of the Year
  • 2014 Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year
  • Ranked No. 1 player in the country by Prospects Nation and Basketball Times
  • 2014 Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Classic participant
  • Naismith Player of the Year finalist
  • ESPNW, Blue Star, Full Court and Prospects Nation No. 1 point guard in the country and five-start recruit
  • Three-time Cincinnati Enquirer Player of the Year
  • Three-time Associated Press First Team All-Ohio selection
  • Four-time Southwest District, District 16 Coaches, and Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame Player of the Year
  • Two-time Women’s Sports Association’s Basketball Player of the Year
  • USA Today and Max Prep Second Team All-American
  • Averaged 26.1 points, 4.4 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 3.9 steals as a senior, helping Cincinnati Princeton to a state title
  • Named the Most Outstanding Player of the Division I state tournament and MVP of the state championship game
  • All-time leading scorer at Princeton (2,051 points)
  • Single-game scoring leader at Wright State’s Nutter Center, scoring 50 points in a regional semifinal win over then-reigning state champion Kettering Fairmont
  • 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
  • 2014 Princeton High School Female Athlete of the Year
  • Member of All-Ohio Black AAU team
  • Carried a 3.86 GPA and was a three-time Academic Award winner for carrying at least a 3.75 GPA all four semesters
  • Four-year honoree of the GMC (Greater Miami Conference) All-Academic Award