Kelsey Mitchell – Draft Profile
By Matt Hallett
Kelsey Mitchell is a 5’8” guard out of Ohio State University. Mitchell has had one the most decorated career of all the current draft prospects. She was named Freshman of the Year back in 2015. She was also awarded Big Ten player of the Year. She was then given the same award in 2017 and 2018.
Mitchell has also been named First Team All-Big Ten every year she has been in college. She was also named All-American by the USWBA three times and WBCA twice. AP and ESPNW gave her this award only once but they named Mitchell second team three times (ESPNW) and twice (AP).
In order to be nominated for all of these honors you have to do something special. Mitchell has averaged 24.5 points per game for her entire college career. Her 22.6 points per game in her third season was her lowest average. She shot the ball at 44 percent from the field, 38.6 percent from deep and 83.9 percent from the line for her career. This is so close to the magical 50/40/90
Mitchell has also averaged 3.9 assists per game for her college career. However, there are questions of Mitchell’s ability to run a team at the WNBA level. She has been put in a position where she has had to be a high volume scorer. As a point guard, assists come with the territory if the defense collapses on you.
However, this is not the greatest question mark on Mitchell’s play is whether she can defend at a WNBA level. Last season Kelsey Plum was taken with the first pick and she had a similar record. Granted she was injured but Plum is a similar height to Mitchell and had huge scoring numbers in college. She also had questions about her defense but she did not have a huge impact on the league, even when she was at full health.
Up until the nomination of Azura Stevens, Mitchell was a lock to go to the Indiana Fever with the second pick. Now she could potentially go with the fifth or sixth pick depending on which team wants a high volume scorer. The Chicago Sky seems pretty happy with Gabby Williams and Diamond DeShields.
The Seattle Storm will want a player who can run the team so there is a chance she could fall as far as sixth to be taken by the Dallas Wings. It is a little hard to imagine that Mitchell falling this hard in the draft but such is the quality of players available.