LEXINGTON, Ky. - Ohio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell said she hasn't yet thought about her future with the Buckeyes as it pertains to the 2017-18 season and does not have a timetable for when she will make a decision to stay or leave Columbus.
The deadline for players to declare for the WNBA Draft is soon after the NCAA national title game, which is set to be played April 2 in Dallas.
Mitchell, a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year and All-American, would be eligible for the 2017 WNBA Draft set to take place April 10. In women's basketball, a player has to turn 22 by the end of the draft year to be eligible and Mitchell is set to turn 22 in early November.
When asked what it would take to get Ohio State to make a deeper tournament run next season, Mitchell had a well thought out answer.
"We are going to take these next couple of weeks off then grind the whole summer," she said. "That is what it is going to take. You have to grind it out from start to finish. Not just when you want to. You can't pick and choose when you want to do stuff. You've got to grow as a team."
Mitchell is already at the top of multiple Ohio State records including career three-pointers made, and should she return would be well within striking distance of breaking the program record for career points, which is currently held by Jantel Lavender (2,818). Through three seasons at Ohio State, Mitchell has accumulated 2,553 career points.
A CBSSports.com WNBA Mock Draft compiled by Howard Megdal has Mitchell being selected No. 6 overall in the draft by the Washington Mystics.