Ohio State women's basketball | New faces

Henry Palattella
The Ohio State women's basketball team huddles before an exhibition game against Urbana on Sunday. [Barbara J. Perenic]

Aixa Wone Aranaz, freshman forward

One of the two international players in the Buckeyes’ freshman class, the 6-foot-3 Aranaz looks to shore up the frontcourt. A native of Pamplona, Spain, she worked her way through the junior Spanish National Team circuit, most recently playing in the 2019 U19 FIBA World Championships, where she averaged 8.7 points, 6.4 rebounds while shooting nearly 50% from three. Prior to coming to the United States, she had been playing for the club team Barca CBS in the Spanish LF2, where she averaged 8.5 points.

Kierstan Bell, freshman guard

The jewel of the Buckeyes' recruiting class, the 6-foot-1 Bell should get the keys to the offense right away. A McDonald’s All-American, she averaged 28.8 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.4 blocks per game while helping lead Canton McKinley to a 25-2 record her senior year. Her 2,883 career points are fourth all time in Ohio high school history, ranking her above OSU women’s star Katie Smith.

Madison Greene, freshman guard

An interesting depth piece, the 5-8 Greene could end up being a key rotational player in the Buckeyes’ backcourt. In her four years at Pickerington Central, the Tigers went 101-13 while Greene averaged 18 points and 5.8 assists per game. Greene’s ability as both as a passer and scorer was evident in high school, as she finished with more than 1,000 points and 400 assists in her career.

Rikki Harris, freshman guard

While she might not be a key contributor right away, Harris has a chance to be a big player for the Buckeyes over the next four years. A 5-10 guard from Indianapolis, she had an injury-plagued final two years of high school, including an ACL tear and dislocated shoulder, injuries that she's still rehabbing through. Once Harris gets healthy, however, her scoring ability should be evident, as she averaged 17.4 points her sophomore year at North Central High.

Rebeka Mikulasikova, freshman forward

Like Dorka Juhasz last season, Mikulasikova will look to make the transition from Europe to America. Mikulasikova, a native of Nitra, Slovakia, averaged 8.5 points, 6.5 rebounds in her final year of club play in Slovakia. In addition, the 6-4 forward has been a part of four Slovakian national teams. Coach Kevin McGuff has talked about playing Mikulasikova and Juhasz on the floor together, in part because they can both hold their own on the perimeter.

Braxtin Miller, junior guard

The only Ohio State addition with college basketball experience, Miller joins OSU after spending two years at Oklahoma State. In her two years with the Cowgirls, Miller averaged 13.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists over 62 career games while making 105 three-pointers. The NCAA granted her a waiver for immediate eligibility Friday.

Kaelynn Satterfield, freshman guard

A five-star prospect who was ranked No. 39 in her class, Satterfield could make an immediate impact. As a junior at Christ the King in New York, Satterfield averaged 14.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists in a season in which Christ the King was ranked No. 1 nationally by USA Today. Last season, Satterfield helped lead Christ the King to a state title. She had 13 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in the championship game.

Jacy Sheldon, freshman guard

If it weren’t for Bell, the Sheldon might be the face of this freshman class. Sheldon starred at Dublin Coffman, where she averaged 28.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 5.1 steals as a senior en route to being named the Division I player of the year. The biggest part of Sheldon’s game that could pay dividends early for the Buckeyes is her shooting, as the 5-10 guard finished last year shooting 59% from the field.

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