Mitchell Selected To Women's Basketball Oversight Committee

Kelsey Mitchell
Kelsey Mitchell
June 17, 2015


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State rising-sophomore Kelsey Mitchell has been selected by the NCAA to represent the student-athletes as part of the Women's Basketball Oversight Committee. Mitchell is one of two student-athletes on the 16-member committee.

Mitchell was nominated from a list of Big Ten student-athletes by the conference office and was then selected by the NCAA to serve on the committee that has been tasked to enhance the development and public perception of the sport and make recommendations related to regular-season and postseason play. The committee will also look at the enhancement of the student-athlete educational experience (academically and athletically) and promote student-athletes' personal growth and leadership development.

Another major topic the committee will discuss and oversee is issues related to the NCAA Tournament. The committee will supervise qualifications and selection procedures for the tournament and will also review recommendations from the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee which include the new quarter and timeout structure. Being one of only two student athletes on the committee, Mitchell will provide the student-athlete voice on all topics and issues.

The committee usually meets in-person twice a year, once at the beginning and end of the season in addition to conference calls as needed throughout the year. 

Mitchell had a tremendous first season in 2014-15, becoming the first freshman to ever lead the country in scoring. She scored a Big Ten and OSU record 873 points and was named the National Freshman of the Year. Mitchell also got the job done in the classroom as she was an OSU Scholar-Athlete this year.




Jean Lenti Ponsetto (chair) DePaul Big East Athletics Director
Warde Manuel  Connecticut American Athletic Athletics Director
Connie Hurlbut   Western Athletic Deputy Commissioner
Bernadette McGlade Atlantic 10 Commissioner
Kelsey Mitchell Ohio State Big Ten Student-Athlete
Kevin Anderson   Maryland Big Ten Athletics Director
Dawn Staley   South Carolina Southeastern Head Coach
Heather Gores Gonzaga West Coast Senior Associate AD/SWA
Janice Ruggiero    New Mexico Mountain West Senior Associate AD/SWA
Julio Freire   UT-Martin Ohio Valley Athletics Director
Nora Lynn Finch   Atlantic Coast Senior Associate Comm.
Dru Hancock Big 12 Senior Associate Comm.
Danielle Donehew   WBCA Executive Director
Chris Dawson   Pac-12 Associate Comm.
Student-Athlete TBA