The season came to an end for Ohio State on March 24 as the Buckeyes fell to Notre Dame in the Sweet 16. Since that afternoon, followers of Ohio State have been waiting to see what junior superstar Kelsey Mitchell would do next season: declare for the WNBA draft or return for her senior year.
By rule, Mitchell is eligible for the draft because she is already of age, having to be 22 by the time of the draft.
Despite being eligible, Mitchell has decided she will return to Ohio State for her senior year.
Here are Mitchell’s thoughts on her decision via Ohio State’s press release:
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. 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."
Recently, Mitchell's father Mark Mitchell -- also one of her coaches at Ohio State -- took to Twitter after stories broke saying that Mitchell was "undecided on her senior year," which possibly might have been giving an earlier indicator that his daughter was going to finish as a Buckeye.
Why in the world would people think this! https://t.co/tIQiRhHiWL— coach mitch (@headbusta420) March 25, 2017
What is wrong with people! I guess trying to give a lifeless story life! Never speculate ask the parents! https://t.co/amjhe1VED7— coach mitch (@headbusta420) March 26, 2017