Buckeyes Sign Lewis and Caretti to National Letters of Intent

Nov. 13, 2015


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kevin McGuff and the Ohio State women’s basketball program announced the signing of two top-35 recruits on Friday.

Kiara Lewis, a 5-foot-8-inch guard from Chicago, Ill. and Jensen Caretti (KA-reh-tee), a 6-1 shooting guard from Clarington, Ohio, signed with Ohio State and will join the program for the 2016-17 season.

 Lewis plays at Whitney Young High School which is one of the top high school programs in Chicago. She is the 22-ranked prospect in the country according to ESPN. Caretti is a two-sport athlete at River High School in Hannibal, Ohio. She is the No. 31 recruit on the basketball court and is also a standout on the volleyball court.

Kiara Lewis
5-8, PG
Chicago, Ill.
Whitney Young 

  • Ranked No. 22 in the 2016 class according to ESPN
  • A consensus five-star recruit
  • Received a scout’s grade of 97 by ESPN Hoopgurlz
  • Ranked No. 21 by Prospect Nation
  • Led Whitney Young to a Class 4A state championship as a sophomore
  • Scored a team-high 20 points in the championship game
  • Averaged 21 points, five rebounds and four assists per game in 2014-15 while leading Whitney Young to a 28-2 record

 McGuff on Lewis: She’s a really talented perimeter player that should be a perfect fit for our system. She has great mental toughness. She comes from tremendous high school and AAU programs and has been nothing but successful. I think she’s going to make an immediate impact on our program next year.


Jensen Caretti
6-1, G
Clarington, Ohio

  • A tremendous two-sport athlete
  • Ranked No. 22 in the 2016 class according to ESPN
  • A five-star recruit by ESPN and a four-star recruit by Prospect Nation
  • Is the No. 66 recruit in the class according to Prospect Nation
  • Received a scout’s grade of 97 by ESPN Hoopgurlz
  • Averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks as a junior in 2014-15
  • Earned second team All-State honors as a junior
  • Plays for Next Level AAU
  • Is also one of the top volleyball players in the state
  • Earned All-Conference honors as a junior in 2014

 McGuff on Caretti: Jensen is one of the most athletic kids I’ve seen in a long time. She’s a really special player and has a tremendous amount of potential. It’s really great to get a kid like that from Ohio and she is going to be an absolute star as a Buckeye.