Kelsey Mitchell’s draft day began like so many days during her four years at Ohio State: in a gym, getting up shots before a big event.

“I just got tired of sitting around, and I took a run the night before, and I was just like, ‘We’ve got to try to find a gym,’” she said.

She and her father, Mark, found a place to shoot at Columbia. A few hours later, she found out her WNBA team, the Indiana Fever, which made her the second overall pick Thursday at the WNBA draft.

Mitchell wondered aloud earlier this week whether she’d be able to enjoy the moment or whether the wait would be too hectic. If she was stressed, she didn’t have much time to let it show. The selection tied Mitchell with Jessica Davenport for the highest draft pick in program history.

“Once I heard my name called, it was like, ‘The hard part, I think, is over right now,’” said Mitchell, who finished her Ohio State career as the No. 2 scorer in women’s college basketball history.

Mitchell holds more than 30 Ohio State, Big Ten and NCAA records, including the all-division career three-point field-goal record, and she was the program’s first four-time All-American, but she now will be challenged by greater competition. The newness of it all is both exciting and nerve-wracking for Mitchell.

“I could very well fall on my face and not be anything, but I’m willing to learn, and I’m willing to go out and be my best and play for the team and play to win,” the Cincinnati native said.

Fever coach and general manager Pokey Chatman said Mitchell's speed and shooting ability will help smooth her transition to the next level.

"I think it also gives us the opportunity to alleviate some of the ball-handling responsibilities for some of our current players," Chatman said.

The Fever also selected Mississippi State guard Victoria Vivians with the No. 8 overall pick but again went with a former Buckeye at No. 14 overall in the second round, taking former Ohio State forward Stephanie Mavunga.

Guard Linnae Harper was not selected but is expected to find a pro basketball home soon.

Mavunga’s transition to Indianapolis for WNBA training camp is fitting. Not only is she a Brownsburg, Indiana, native, but Bankers Life Fieldhouse is where she worked out a handful of times last summer as she worked on her physique ahead of her senior season, in which she averaged 16.6 points and 11 rebounds to earn all-Big Ten first-team honors.

The 6-foot-3 forward heads into training camp with a couple of familiar faces, including Mitchell and Jeannette Pohlen, a seven-year Fever veteran who also happens to be Mavunga's sister-in-law.

Mavunga's ability to rebound out of her area, plus her improved scoring and stamina make her an intriguing prospect, Chatman said.

"Most rookies take until their second season to figure out, 'I need to fuel my body a little bit better,'" Chatman said. "Steph's so far ahead there that that's gonna really help her with the recovery."