Jackson's Taylor Mikesell coming home to play basketball for Ohio State
Taylor Mikesell is coming back to the Big Ten to play basketball.
This time the former Jackson High School star will be doing it closer to home.
Mikesell announced her commitment to Ohio State on social media Thursday. She entered the transfer portal this week after playing one season at Oregon and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
"Bet on yourself and double down," Mikesell wrote on Twitter. "I'm coming home."
Mikesell started her college career in the Big Ten at Maryland and transferred to Oregon last April. She joined a Ducks team that was 31-2 and ranked No. 2 in the nation before the COVID-19 pandemic ended the 2019-20 season.
A 5-foot-11 guard, Mikesell started 20 of Oregon's 24 games and averaged 9.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists. The Ducks slipped to 15-9 and were eliminated by Louisville in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16.
According to The Oregonian in Portland, Mikesell is one of three guards who have left Oregon since the season ended. The newspaper has reported Taylor Chavez is on her way to Arizona, while Jaz Shelley will play at Nebraska.
Mikesell made a quick impact at Maryland. She hit a school-record 95 3-pointers and was voted the 2018-19 Big Ten Freshman of the Year. In her second season, Mikesell averaged 11.2 points, shot 42.5% from 3-point range and helped lead the Terrapins to their fifth Big Ten championship in six years.
Mikesell scored 2,175 points during her high school career at Jackson. She ranks second behind McKinley's Kierstan Bell on Stark's County's girls basketball career scoring list.
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