Less than a week after saying she was not sure whether she would return to Ohio State or enter the 2017 WNBA Draft, junior guard Kelsey Mitchell made her future plans known.
In a statement released by Ohio State Wednesday evening, Mitchell said she is planning on returning to Columbus for her senior campaign.
"Getting a degree from The Ohio State University was one of my top goals when coming to college and I look forward to completing my degree next spring. My teammates and I also have a number of goals we have yet to accomplish on the court," Mitchell said. "One of those goals is to play in the Final Four and we have a tremendous opportunity to do that next year here in Columbus. I'm excited to get back in the gym with my teammates and continue to work to get better."
As Mitchell mentioned in her statement, Columbus is set to host the 2018 NCAA Women's Final Four at Nationwide Arena. The Buckeyes have made just one Final Four appearance in program history, when Ohio State fell in the national title game to Texas Tech in 1993.
Mitchell is already one of Ohio State's most decorated players, as she ranks third on the school's all-time scoring list with 2,553, well within the all-time Buckeye record of 2,818 set by Jantel Lavender in 2011.
She was recently named a second-team Associated Press All-American after she averaged 22.6 points per game, tying her for the best in the Big Ten. Mitchell has also earned two Big Ten Player of the Year honors in her three years, sharing the honor as a freshman before winning it outright this season.