INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Fever have selected 5-8 combo guard and scoring dynamo Kelsey Mitchell with the second overall pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm. Indiana also owns the No. 8 and No. 14 selections.
Recently named the recipient of the Dawn Staley Award given to the most outstanding college guard in the country, Mitchell was the nation’s third-leading scorer with 24.3 points per game, while dishing a career-high 148 assists and committing a career-low 78 turnovers. She shot 44.8 percent from the floor and 40.2 percent from 3-point range — both figures also the best of her career.
Mitchell led Ohio State to a 28-7 record last season and Big Ten regular season and tournament championships. She averaged 25.7 points, 4.7 assists and 4.0 3-pointers per game over three wins while earning Most Outstanding Player accolades at this year’s Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. She paced the Buckeyes to 106 career wins, a pair of conference titles and four NCAA Tournament appearances.
A four-time All-American and three-time Big Ten Player of the Year, Mitchell finished her career at OSU as the NCAA’s second-leading all-time scorer with 3,402 career points. Her 497 career 3-pointers are the most in NCAA history. She is one of just four players in NCAA history with more than 3,000 points and 500 assists.
Mitchell is the second Staley Award winner to be drafted by the Fever, joining Tiffany Mitchell (no relation) in 2015. A native of Cincinnati, Kelsey Mitchell is the first Ohio State player ever drafted by Indiana.
WNBA training camps begin Sunday, April 29.