The Oregon women’s basketball team landed another top recruit from the 2018 class.
Taylor Mikesell, a two-time all-Big 10 selection at Maryland, announced on Saturday that she would join the Ducks as a transfer. She will have to sit out a year unless she can get a waiver from the NCAA to be eligible immediately.
“Everything happens for a reason.. Go Ducks,” Mikesell tweeted along with an altered picture of her playing in an Oregon jersey.
Mikesell, a 5-foot-11 guard from Massillon, Ohio, averaged 12.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.8 assists while starting all 66 games for the Terrapins during the past two seasons. She made 41.8% of her 443 3-point attempts at Maryland.
Everything happens for a reason.. Go Ducks🦆💚💛 pic.twitter.com/oY1kFDYyT7— Taylor Mikesell (@TMikesell23) May 16, 2020
She was the Big 10 freshman of the year in 2019 when she averaged 13.4 points while setting a school record with 95 3-pointers. She earned first-team, all-conference honors from the media and second-team recognition from the coaches.
Mikesell was an honorable mention, all-conference selection last year when she averaged 11.2 points per game while making 90 3-pointers.
Last month, Mikesell announced her decision to leave Maryland.
“We really appreciate Taylor’s hard work in her two years,” coach Brenda Frese said in a statement to The Washington Post after Mikesell’s announcement. “Taylor contributed to a lot of wins here at Maryland and she was part of two Big Ten championships. We wish her nothing but success as her journey continues.”
Mikesell was a five-star recruit out of high school, ranked as the No. 32 overall player in the 2018 class by ESPN. Oregon has also added center Sedona Prince, another five-star in that class, as a transfer from Texas who sat out last year and will be eligible to play next season.
Guard Taylor Chavez, who has averaged 5.6 points in 60 games during the past two years, was in UO’s 2018 recruiting class along with top international prospect Nyara Sabally, who has yet to play for the Ducks due to injuries the past two years.