Alston, Mitchell Tabbed Preseason All-Big Ten

Oct. 14, 2015


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State guards Ameryst Alston and Kelsey Mitchell have been voted to the  preseason All-Big Ten team by both the coaches and the media as announced by the conference on Wednesday. Mitchell was also named the Preseason Player of the Year in both polls.

As a team, the Buckeyes were picked to finish second behind defending champion Maryland in both polls. The last time the Buckeyes were picked to finish second or better was in 2010 when they were chosen to win the conference. Over the last 11 years, a Buckeye has been tabbed preseason Player of the Year eight times, including Jantel Lavender who was picked to win the award in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Alston, a two-time first team All-Big Ten performer, has averaged better than 19 points per game each of the last two seasons. She is currently 13th in school-history with 1,561 career points and is ninth in free throws made and 11th in career assists. This is also the second-straight year in which she has been named to the preseason All-B1G Team. 

Mitchell is one of just two players on the 10-person team that was a unanimous selection in both polls. She is just the second sophomore to be tabbed preseason Player of the Year, joining Lavender in 2008. Mitchell set the record books on fire last year as a freshman, breaking 29 single-game or single-season records. She was the first freshman to ever lead the country in scoring (24.9 ppg) and set an NCAA single-season record with 127 three-point field goals.

2015-16 Preseason All-Big Ten Teams and Preseason Polls

2015-16 Coaches Big Ten Preseason Ranking
1.   Maryland
2.   Ohio State
3.   Michigan State

2015-16 Coaches Big Ten Preseason All-Big Ten Team
Ally Disterhoft, Jr., G, IOWA
Brionna Jones, Jr., C, MD
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Jr., G, MD
AERIAL POWERS, Jr., F, MSU
Rachel Banham, Sr., G, MINN
Rachel Theriot, Sr., G, NEB
NIA COFFEY, Jr., F, NU
Ameryst Alston, Sr., G, OSU
Kelsey Mitchell, So., G, OSU
Kahleah Copper, Sr., F/G, RU

2015-16 Coaches Big Ten Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year
Kelsey Mitchell, So., G, OSU

2015-16 Coaches Big Ten Preseason Ranking
1.     Maryland
2.     Ohio State
3.     Northwestern

2015-16 Media Big Ten Preseason All-Big Ten Team
Brionna Jones, Jr., C, MD
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Jr., G, MD
Tori Jankoska, Jr., G, MSU
AERIAL POWERS, Jr., F, MSU
Rachel Banham, Sr., G, MINN
Rachel Theriot, Sr., G, NEB
Nia Coffey, Jr., F, NU
Ameryst Alston, Sr., G, OSU
Kelsey Mitchell, So., G, OSU
Kahleah Copper, Sr., F/G, RU

2015-16 Media Big Ten Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year
Kelsey Mitchell, So., G, OSU

Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS