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Kelsey Mitchell's Bio

About Kelsey Mitchell

Position: Guard

WNBA Years: 1

Height: 5-8

Weight: 160

Born: November 12, 1995 in Cincinnati, Ohio

High School: Princeton (Cincinnati, Ohio)

College: Ohio State ‘18

Drafted: By Indiana, first round, 2018 WNBA Draft (2nd overall)

 

  • Teamed with Victoria Vivians to record the most 3-pointers ever made (135) by a WNBA rookie tandem
  • No. 2 rookie scorer in club history, her 70 3FGs were the most by a WNBA rookie since Tamika Catchings’ league rookie record of 76 in 2002
  • No. 2 overall draft pick in 2018 WNBA Draft, a member of the WNBA All-Rookie Team and a participant in the 3-point shooting contest at the WNBA All-Star Game
  • Member of 2018-20 USA Basketball National Team training pool
  • Three-time Big Ten Player of the Year and Ohio State’s first four-time All-American
  • NCAA’s second-leading career scorer (3,402 points) and NCAA’s all-time leader with 497 career 3-pointers
  • First freshman ever to lead the nation in scoring (24.9 points per game); finished third as a sophomore (26.1) and senior (24.3), ninth as a junior (22.6)
  • Recipient of Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference’s most exclusive award to recognize academic and athletic excellence

 

A left-handed, dynamic scorer with a high-powered scorer’s mentality, Kelsey Mitchell begins her second pro season with the Indiana Fever…the most heralded player ever to come out of Ohio State, the Cincinnati native is the second-highest scorer in NCAA history (3,402 points) by virtue of scoring in double figures in all but two games throughout her college career and hitting more 3-pointers (497) than any player in women’s college history…drafted with the second overall pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft, she was the Fever’s highest draft selection since 2005 and led a powerhouse Indiana draft class which also included the draft’s No. 8 and No. 14 selections…she was a college teammate of Stephanie Mavunga, whom Indiana drafted with the 14th overall pick

Her rookie season was accented by a WNBA 3-point record shared with teammate Victoria Vivians, combining for 135 3-pointers, the most ever by rookie teammates…after being named to the WNBA All-Rookie Team, she trained with USA Basketball’s World Cup training team and was named to the USAB National Team training pool for 2018-20.

Regarded as a “gym rat,” she played beside twin sister Chelsea at OSU, though Chelsea is a year behind after missing a season due to injury…her father, Mark, was a Buckeyes assistant coach and owns a coaching resume that stems through AAU, high school and college coaching since 1991.

 

WNBA

2018: Mitchell’s rookie campaign got off to a fast start with 136 points in her first seven games (19.4 ppg)…during that stretch she had back-to-back games of 26 points and four games of 20+ points…she reached 100 points in just her sixth game…only six players in WNBA history have reached 100 points in fewer games…she finished the season with 34 appearances and 17 starts…her 12.7 points per game were second on the team and her 70 3-pointers were fourth in Fever history…her 70 3FGs were the most by a WNBA rookie since Tamika Catchings’ league rookie record of 76 in 2002…she also was second on the team with 92 assists, the most ever by an Indiana rookie besides Catchings…she totaled 20 or more points six times, with a season-high 26 on three occasions: vs. Seattle, 7/24; vs. Dallas, 6/8; and vs. New York, 6/2… she tallied a season-high five 3-pointers three times and had a season-highs of six rebounds and six assists in the club’s final game at Chicago, 8/19…she was named to the WNBA All-Rookie Team and was the only rookie participant in the 3-point shooting contest at the WNBA All-Star Game.

 

OVERSEAS

2018-19: Mitchell played with Besiktas in Istanbul, Turkey during her first pro season overseas, helping the club to a 16-10 record in domestic league play…she averaged 25.6 points through 27 games in the Turkish League, shooting over 42 percent from 3-point range…she turned in season highs of 41 and 34 points, scoring 30 or more ten times…she was an honorable mention All-EuroCup selection by EuroBasket.com, averaging 24.6 points in 10 outings.

 

INTERNATIONAL

2018: Mitchell was named a part of the USA Basketball Women’s National Team training pool during a pre-World Cup minicamp in September…she took part in USA Women’s National Team minicamp in Seattle, April 24-26, and made her National Team debut with five points and two assists in an exhibition win over China, 4/26.

2017: A member of the 2017 USA Women’s U23 National Team, she averaged 11.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists to help the USA claim the inaugural U24 Four Nations Tournament title with wins over Australia, Canada and Japan, Aug. 12-15 in Tokyo….she accepted an invitation to participate in the USA Women’s National Team training camp Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Santa Barbara, Calif., as one of just five college athletes on the roster.

2011: She took part in 2011 USA U16 National Team trials.

 

COLLEGE

A three-time Big Ten Player of the Year (2015, 2017, 2018), Mitchell was the first four-time All-American in Buckeyes history…she finished her career No. 2 on the NCAA’s career scoring list (3,402 points) and hit more 3-pointers (497) than any player in NCAA history…she played and started in a school-record 139 games while leading OSU to 106 wins, two Big Ten titles, a Big Ten tournament title and four trips to the NCAA Tournament…she scored in double figures in all but two college games, and hit a 3-pointer in all but three…she was a 12-time Big Ten Player of the Week…she holds 17 career, season and single-game marks at OSU…she left OSU with eight Big Ten records and four NCAA career marks including most 3FG made, most 3FG attempted (1,286) and most field goal attempts (2,560)…she finished her career with an NCAA-best 92 consecutive games with at least one 3FG…she was the fastest player in NCAA history to reach 2,000 career points, using 79 games to reach the milestone…Mitchell scored at least 20 points 109 times, and 30 or more points 28 times.

2017-18: Third in the country in scoring with 24.3 points per game, Mitchell posted career highs with a 44.8 shooting clip overall and 40.2 percent from distance…she was fourth in the country with 129 3-pointers to set a new OSU and Big Ten season mark…she dished a career-high 148 assists and had a career-low 78 turnovers…she was named the Big Ten Player of the Year and a unanimous All-Big Ten honoree…she was a first-team All-American by multiple outlets, and the winner of the Dawn Staley Award as the nation’s best guard…she scored 30 points and passed Katie Smith in the No. 2 spot on the OSU scoring chart in a win over Stanford, 11/10…she had seven 3-pointers and eight assists vs. No. 9 Louisville, 11/12…she scored 34 points on 7-of-11 from long range to become the NCAA D1 career 3-point leader against FGCU, 11/24…she made an OSU record 19 free throws with 37 points in the championship game of the Play4Kay Showcase vs. Stanford, 11/25, and was named the Showcase MVP and ESPNW national player of the week, 11/27…she scored 31 points, grabbed a season-high seven rebounds and dished a career-high nine assists against Cincinnati, 12/17… she was the Most Outstanding Player in the Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse…she had 30 points and nine assists in a semifinal win over Minnesota, 3/3, and hit two big 3s to propel OSU past Maryland for the tourney title, 3/4…she moved into second in NCAA scoring history with 28 points against Central Michigan, 3/19, in the NCAA Tournament.

2016-17: Mitchell led the Big Ten in scoring and was ninth in the country with 22.6 points per game…her 115 3-pointers were second in the Big Ten and she led the Buckeyes with 3.9 assists per game…she became the Big Ten’s leader in career 3-pointers made…she had seven 3s and finished with 31 points against Cleveland State, 11/16…she had a career-high six steals against Canisius, 12/11…she posted the best shooting percentages of her career in a 32-point effort at Wisconsin, 2/4, finishing 11-of-13 overall and 6-of-8 from 3-point range…she was 11-of-18 shooting with 31 points in an upset over No. 2 Maryland, 2/20…she scored 21 points and became the Big Ten’s all-time 3-point leader in an NCAA win at Kentucky, 3/19.

2015-16: Mitchell broke her own school record with 889 points as a sophomore, leading the Big Ten and finishing third in the NCAA with 26.1 points per game…a consensus All-American, she made 126 3-point field goals…she had four 40-point scoring games including a 48-point effort against Michigan State, 2/27…she led the team with 58 steals and was second with 114 assists…she tied the school scoring record with 42 points in a win over No. 10 Texas A&M, 11/28, while becoming the fastest player in league history to eclipse 1,000 points…she grabbed a season-high nine rebounds at Minnesota, 2/24…she set a Big Ten Tournament scoring record with 43 points in a win over Rutgers, 3/4..she scored an OSU NCAA Tournament mark of 45 points in a win over West Virginia, 3/20, which was the fourth-most points in NCAA Tournament history…she was 18-of-22 at the FT line in that game, both of which were OSU records and the 18 FTM tied the NCAA Tournament mark.

2014-15: As a freshman, she started all 35 games and was the first freshman ever to lead the country in scoring with 24.5 points per game…her 873 points were a school and Big Ten record, and her 127 3-pointers represented an NCAA single-season mark…she was named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Year and also led the Buckeyes with 146 assists and 59 steals…she scored 26 points in her first college game at Virginia, 11/4, including 20 in the second half…she notched her first double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds against Pitt, 12/3…she set a freshman school record with 39 points with a record-tying eight 3-pointers in a win over West Virginia, 12/22…she broke the 3FG record with nine 3-pointers and 36 points against Minnesota, 1/15…she scored a Mackey Arena-record 37 points in a win at Purdue, 1/25…she scored 25 points and set the NCAA mark for 3FG in a season during a season finale against North Carolina, 3/23.

 

PERSONAL

Kelsey Mitchell was born Nov. 12, 1995, with twin sister Chelsea…her parents are Mark and Cheryl Mitchell, and she also has twin brothers, Cameron and Kevin, who are four years older…Mitchell attended Princeton High School in Cincinnati where her prolific scoring carried her to numerous prep All-America teams and an Ohio state title as a senior…she was named Ohio Ms. Basketball and the Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year in 2014, averaging 26.1 points, 4.4 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 3.9 steals…a three-time Cincinnati Enquirer Player of the Year, she was heralded as the top point guard in the country…she finished her prep career as the all-time scoring leader at Princeton with 2,051 points, and set an arena scoring record at Nutter Center in Dayton with 50 points in a regional semifinal win over defending champion Kettering Fairmont…as a junior, she averaged 23.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals…she carried a 3.86 GPA in high school and was a four-time recipient of the Greater Miami Conference All-Academic Award…she will be inducted into the Princeton High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2020.

 

CAREER TRANSACTIONS

(1) Drafted by Indiana in the first round (2nd overall) of the 2018 WNBA Draft, 4/12/18.

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