Kelsey Mitchell - National Player of the Year Candidate

March 13, 2015


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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State freshman Kelsey Mitchell has had quite the season so far and her name is popping up on just about every national award.

Mitchell has been named the National Freshman of the Year by both ESPNW and College Sports Madness in addition to being named a second team All-American by both outlets. She is the Co-Big Ten Player of the Year and the unanimous B1G Freshman of the Year.

Mitchell finds herself one of three finalists for the Dawn Staley Award which goes to the country's top guard and one of five finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award which honors the nation's top point guard. She is the only freshman of the 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T and one of 15 on the John R Wooden National Ballot.

Nationally, Mitchell leads the country with 25.0 points per game as well as three-point field goals made with 122. She is just four three-pointers away from the NCAA single-season record. Her 825 points this season have already set a new OSU single-season record. Mitchell is just the second freshman ever to be named B1G Player of the Year and is looking to become just the seventh Buckeye to earn WBCA All-America honors.

Below is a list of Mitchell's accomplishments to date:

Honors and Awards

  • ESPNW National Freshman of the Year
  • College Sports Madness National Freshman of the Year
  • Second Team All-American (ESPNW, College Sports Madness)
  • B1G Co-Player of the Year
  • B1G Freshman of the Year (unanimous)
  • First Team All-Big Ten
  • B1G All-Freshman Team
  • B1G All-Tournament Team
  • Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T Semifinalist
  • John R. Wooden Award National Ballot
  • Dawn Staley Award Finalist
  • Nancy Lieberman Award Finalist
  • 2x National Freshman of the Week
  • 2x B1G Player of the Week
  • 7x B1G Freshman of the Week

    Records and Stats

  • 825 points - OSU single-season record
  • 122 three-point field goals - OSU and B1G single-season record
  • 319 three-point field goal attempts - OSU and B1G single-season record
  • 69 three-point field goals in conference play - B1G single-season record
  • 9 three-point field goals vs. Minnesota (1/15) - OSU single-game record
  • 39 points against Minnesota (1/15) - OSU freshman single-game record
  • 14-of-14 free throws vs. Clemson (11/27) - OSU single-game record
  • 25.0 points per game - leads the country
  • Has made a three-pointer and has scored 10 or more points in all 33 games
  • Seven games of 30 or more points
  • Has accounted for 42.7 percent of the Buckeye offense (points + assists)