COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell was named a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award as well as one of 10 Wooden Award All-Americans. The Wooden Award, which is given annually to the country’s top player, will be announced as part of the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show presented by Wendy’s on ESPN2 on Fri., April 8, at 8 p.m. (ET).
Mitchell scored 889 points (26.1 ppg) this season, breaking her own single-season school record of 873 points which she set last season. She also led the Big Ten and is currently tied for first nationally with 126 three-point field goals which is one shy of her NCAA single-season record from last season.
Mitchell was a unanimous first team All-Big Ten selection this season and was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team for the second-straight year. She is also a finalist for the Dawn Staley Award as well as the Nancy Lieberman Award.
Prior to this season, a Buckeye had scored 40 or more points in a game just two times but Mitchell recorded four 40-point games this season. She scored a school-record 48 points against Michigan State in the regular season finale and then set a new Big Ten Tournament single-game record with 43 points in the quarterfinal win over Rutgers. Mitchell also had 42 points on Nov. 28 against No. 10 Texas A&M and torched West Virginia for 45 points in the NCAA Second Round victory.
Created in 1976 by the Los Angeles Athletic Club, the John R. Wooden Award program features the most prestigious individual honors in college basketball. The Wooden Award Trophy is bestowed annually upon the nation’s best male player and female player who have proven to their respective universities that they are making progress toward graduation while maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
Wooden Award Finalist
Rachel Banham, Minnesota
Moriah Jefferson, UConn
Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State
Breanna Stewart, UConn
A’ja Wilson South Carolina