Ohio State women's basketball | 2nd Westerville South player commits

Andrew Erickson
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Gabby Hutcherson (0) of Westerville South blocks a shot by Gabby Stare (22) of Newark during a Division I regional semifinal basketball game at Otterbein University's Rike Center in Westerville in March. On Monday, Hutcherson became the second Westerville South player to commit to Ohio State's women's basketball program in 2020. [Barbara J. Perenic/Dispatch]

Ohio State didn’t need to go far to land its second 2020 women's basketball commitment.

A week after Westerville South’s Anyssa Jones announced her verbal commitment to the Buckeyes, fellow Westerville South junior Gabby Hutcherson did the same.

#GoBucks #committed pic.twitter.com/bqQ3gwkqIq

— Gab (@gabby_hutch) October 9, 2018

The 6-feet-2 forward sat out the first half of her sophomore season after transferring from Westerville North, then averaged 12.1 points and 6.5 rebounds and shot 52 percent from the field and 38 percent from the three-point range for a Westerville South team that won a district title. She averaged 10.5 points as a freshman at Westerville North.

Ohio State women’s basketball runs in the Hutcherson family. Hutcherson’s mother, Mindy Smith-Hutcherson, also played for the Buckeyes.

With Hutcherson’s commitment, the Buckeyes now have five recruits between the 2019 and 2020 classes. Kierstan Bell of Canton McKinley (No. 6 ESPN Class of 2019), Indianapolis guard Rikki Harris (No. 24) and Jacy Sheldon of Dublin Coffman (No. 41) are committed for 2019 with Hutcherson and Jones rounding out the 2020 class.

The Buckeyes open the 2018-19 season against South Florida on Nov. 6 at Value City Arena.

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