Ohio State head women’s basketball coach Kevin McGuff won a major recruiting battle on the trail Saturday when Canton (Ohio) McKinley five-star Kierstan Bell announced her commitment to the Buckeyes over 30-plus others to have offered.
Pegged by ESPN’s 2019 HoopGurlz Recruiting Rankings as the No. 5 overall player and No. 1 guard in the nation, Bell (6-1) brings OSU its top target. She joins Dublin (Ohio) Coffman combo guard Jacy Sheldon, who committed Nov. 19 to Ohio State, and Indianapolis North Central four-star point guard Rikki Harris, who committed Dec. 17 to the Buckeyes, as the third member of OSU’s 2019 recruiting class.
“Athletic off-guard with poised floor game; manufactures, delivers off the dribble; superb interior passer, court awareness, consistent offensive game to the arc; versatile in the back court, skilled guard, difference maker,” Collegiate Girls Basketball Report owner and director Greg Olson, who prepares ESPN’s 2019 HoopGurlz Recruiting Rankings, wrote in a January evaluation.