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    Default Ohio State: 2019-29

    Enough stars for a galaxy:

    Five months after the Ohio State women’s basketball team signed five players to its 2019 recruiting class Nov. 16, the Buckeyes added one more member Wednesday when Rebeka Mikulasikova committed, as Go Global Recruiting announced on Twitter.

    The 6-3 center from Slovakia brings OSU’s 2019 haul to six recruits. Mikulasikova joins Canton (Ohio) McKinley five-star guard Kierstan Bell (6-1), Indianapolis North Central five-star guard Rikki Harris (5-11), Middle Village (N.Y.) Christ the King five-star wing Kaelynn Satterfield (6-0), Dublin (Ohio) Coffman five-star guard Jacy Sheldon (5-7) and Pamplona, Spain, three-star forward Aixa Wone (6-2) for the cycle.

    The incoming wave ranked fourth nationally in espnW’s HoopGurlz Class Rankings while its group sat behind No. 3 Maryland, No. 2 Stanford and No. 1 South Carolina with five before Mikulasikova’s pledge.

    After a 2018-19 season in which head coach Kevin McGuff had to replace six departures from 2017-18 with four graduate transfers and three freshmen, Ohio State welcomes Mikulasikova among its star-studded line of reinforcements off a rebuilding campaign.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ignatius L Hoops View Post

    Christ the King five-star wing Kaelynn Satterfield (6-0)

    Sconiers’ high school teammate will be in the Big Ten? That’ll be interesting.

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    Wow, that's a helluva recruiting class. Four five-star recruits. Add them to Juhasz, Crooms, and Patty. The Buckeyes, even though they'll be young, should be a force next year in the BIG. Am I correct in remembering that five-star recruit Satterfield was high school teammate of Gopher recruit Sconiers? BIG should be solid again next year. Early favorite...Maryland? OSU, Indiana should also be near the top. Gophers, Nebraska, Purdue, Northwestern, Michigan State should all also be in the mix. Iowa loses Gustafson, Davis, and Stewart; Michigan loses Thome, Munger, and transfer Church. Those two teams might not be factors. With off-season just starting, transfers out and grad transfers in will continue to impact teams' outlooks for 2019-2020.

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    The Buckeyes add another:
    For a few more years, the Buckeyes will have a Braxton Miller to cheer for – just a slightly different spelling this time.

    Point guard Braxtin Miller, originally from Centerville, Ohio, announced her decision to return home and transfer to Ohio State after two seasons at Oklahoma State.

    Miller was the No. 22 point guard prospect in the country coming out of high school in 2017. At Alter High School, she was part of a record 115 wins and three state championships, reaching the final four all four of her high school seasons.

    Her sophomore season at Oklahoma State, Miller averaged 14.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game while shooting 32.7 percent from 3-point range.

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    Ohio State adds Madison Greene for the coming season.
    Monday the school announced Madison Greene, a four-star point guard from storied Ohio prep powerhouse Pickerington Central, has joined the head coach’s program for the 2019-20 season. “I’m extremely excited to welcome Madison to the OSU family,” McGuff said in a statement. “She has a tremendous work ethic and great competitive character. Her ability to make those around her better is what makes her a terrific addition to our program.”
    Greene led Pickerington Central to over 100 wins in her four seasons including a state title in 2018 and a runner-up finish this past year. She is a two-time first team All-Ohio honoree and averaged 16 points, 5.8 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game this season.

    Greene is ranked No. 61 by ESPN Hoopgurlz in the 2019 class and joins a Buckeye group that now features five players in the top 65: McDonald’s All-American Kierstan Bell (No. 6), Rikki Harris (No. 24), Kaelynn Satterfield (No. 39) and Jacy Sheldon (No. 41). The class also includes a pair of talented international prospects in Aixa Wone from Pamplona, Spain and Rebeka Mikulášiková from Nitra, Slovakia. Fellow Ohio standout Braxtin Miller also joined the program this spring as a transfer from Oklahoma State.

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    Former Lynx player, Tamika Jeter (Williams), returns to the Buckeyes staff.

    Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff announced on Thursday that Tamika Jeter has been named an assistant coach.

    Jeter is no stranger to Ohio State. She spent six seasons on the Buckeyes staff from 2002-08 helping lead the program to the NCAA Tournament each year. The former Tamika Williams was a two-time Ohio High School Player of the Year and the No. 1-ranked player in the nation coming at Dayton Chaminade-Julienne.

    A two-time national champion and a seven-year veteran of the WNBA, Jeter has 13 years of experience on a collegiate sideline. In addition to her time at Ohio State, she spent two seasons at Kansas, two seasons at Kentucky and the previous three years at Penn State. She has been to the postseason 11 of her 13 seasons on the bench.

    Jeter was a four-year standout at UConn. She was the 1999 National Freshman of the Year and helped lead UConn to the 2000 & 2002 National Championships. She was the Most Outstanding Player of the 2000 title run. Jeter still holds the NCAA career field goal percentage record at 70.3 percent.

    She was drafted No. 6 overall by the Minnesota Lynx where she played for six seasons before finishing her career with the Connecticut Sun. Her efficiency around the rim continued from college as she set the WNBA single-season field goal percentage record at 66.8 percent in 2003. She won the 2008 Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award which is awarded annually to a WNBA player who best exhibits the characteristics of a leader in the community. Jeter was also inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

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    The Buckeye non-conference schedule with last season's final NCAA RPI for each opponent:

    304 (N) Valparaiso
    266 @ Sacramento State
    96 (N) Northern Iowa
    81 @ Kent State
    77 Radford
    65 @ Cincinnati
    48 (N) South Dakota
    31 Ohio
    6 UConn
    5 Louisville
    4 @ Stanford

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Playing three teams that finished in the top-7 of last year’s final rankings may not be described as “fun” by every team but for Ohio State, those three games are part of what should be a fun and entertaining 2019-20 non-conference schedule.

    The Buckeyes’ two marquee matchups at home in the early portion of the season will be against perennial power UConn on Nov. 24 and ACC champion Louisville on Dec. 5. The Huskies advanced to last year’s Final Four and finished third in last year’s rankings while Louisville lost to UConn in the regional final and finished seventh. The matchup with Louisville will be part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

    The Buckeyes will open the season by participating in the Ohio Hall of Fame Challenge which is being hosted by Wittenberg University. They will play Valparaiso on Sunday, Nov. 10 in a neutral site contest inside Pam Evans Smith Arena. OSU will then play three in-state foes with two of those games coming on the road. A trip to Cincinnati on Nov. 13 will continue the two teams’ home-and-home series which has spanned six of the last seven seasons. The Buckeyes return home to host Ohio on Nov. 17 which will mark the first game between the Buckeyes and Bobcats since 2004. Finally, Ohio State will renew a rivalry with Kent State on Nov. 21 in Kent. The team’s met 13 times between 1966 and 1981 but haven’t played since. This will the Buckeyes’ first road game at a MAC school since playing at Bowling Green in 2000.

    Sandwiched in between the matchups with UConn and Louisville is a trip to Las Vegas for the South Point Shootout. OSU will take on two very good non-Power 5 schools in South Dakota (Nov. 29) and Northern Iowa (Nov. 30). Even though what happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, the Buckeyes have brought back a perfect 5-0 record in the previous two trips to Sin City. They won both games of the 2015 South Point Shootout and then claimed the title at the Play4Kay Showcase in 2017 with wins over Memphis, FGCU and No. 12 Stanford.

    The game on Dec. 8 vs. Radford will not only be the last game before final exams but it will also be the first meeting between the two programs. Once the tests are turned in, the Buckeyes will embark on their final non-conference road trip as they head to the West Coast to take on Stanford (Dec. 15) and Sacramento State (Dec. 17). The three teams were supposed to play this past season but the wildfires that plagued Northern California last November forced the cancellation of the Buckeyes’ trip. The game at Stanford should be a good one as it will feature two of the top-4 recruiting classes in the country.

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    Buckeyes have a chance to be really good this year. Could possibly finish as high as second in the BIG. They have a great recruiting class coming in and some good young players from last year. Looking at their schedule for next year, no one will be questioning their strength of schedule when it comes to NCAA tournament time. Stanford, Louisville, and UConn..the 4,5, 6 RPI teams. Hats off to them for their scheduling. Just hoping that our Gophers beef up their non-conference schedule this year.

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    Buckeye's review potential NCAA violations:

    It was announced on Friday that Ohio State women’s basketball’s associate head coach Patrick Klein had resigned his position with the program while the university investigated potential NCAA violations.

    A statement released by the athletic department said:

    Ohio State is investigating allegations of violations of NCAA rules and university policy within the women’s basketball program. The university has notified the NCAA. On Friday, July 26, Klein was placed on administrative leave while the university investigates. Ohio State is working diligently to conclude its review of this matter.

    In a separate letter from Klein, he said, “Over the course of the past two weeks it has come to my attention that some of my actions as a coach have not adhered strictly to NCAA rules. I’ve also been made aware that in some instances, my communications with some student-athletes may have been too informal or in some cases even inappropriate, violating university policy. I apologize for these mistakes and realize that I should have used better judgment.”

    The Resignation Letter:

    Last edited by Ignatius L Hoops; 08-02-2019 at 01:34 PM.

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