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Monday, August 3, 2015

Mavunga chooses Buckeyes -- Monday Cardinal Couple


Mavunga was the innovator of synchronized falling with
your hands up in the air while at North Carolina.  
The speculation is over on where ex-UNC center Stephanie Mavunga will finish her career as a student-athlete. 

Hello, Columbus...goodbye Chapel Hill. 

OSU head coach Kevin McGuff will have the Brownsburg, IN native for two years competing in BIG 10 action. She'll sit out the 2015-16 season and suit up for the Buckeyes after that. McGuff will have a powerhouse trio starting 2016 with transfer from Duke Sierra Calhoun, 2015 Co-Player of the year Kelsey Mitchell and Mavunga.

Mavunga spent the summer playing for TEAM USA at the Pan American games in Toronto. She was first team All-ACC last season at UNC and had 27 points and 14 rebounds in a win over the Buckeyes in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

And thus endth the distribution of the highly-heralded 2013 freshman class that arrived at Chapel Hill for Sylvia Hatchell. Allisha Gray is now a Gamecock. Diamond DeShields a Volunteer and Jessica Washington a Jayhawk.

Kevin McGuff is one of the "young guns" coaches...along with Jeff Walz, Matthew Mitchell and Quentin Hillsman that are in and around their second decade of head coaching. McGuff's successes at Xavier and Washington got him to OSU...where he replaced the veteran Jim Foster. 

The "old guard" of Geno Auriemma, C. Vivian Stringer, Kim Mulkey and Tara Vanderveer couldn't be blamed if they occasionally look over their shoulder to see who might be gaining on them. With Walz's stellar 2014 and 2015 classes and two NCAA Championship game trips, Hillsman's transformation of the "Cuse" into a powerhouse and Mitchell turning UK into a SEC contender year-in and year-out...this could be a very interesting 2015-16 season.



  1. OSU is going to challenge Maryland if they keep this up. Muvanga is already good and just going to get better. OSU picked up another transfer, Sierra Calhoun from Duke, earlier last fall. They have some other good players like Kelsey Mitchell (leading NCAA scorer at amost 25 ppg) and Shayla Cooper, an earlier transfer from Georgetown who joined the team in Jan and is a terrific player with great upside. Asia Doss will only get better too. This team will be strong next year without the Calhoun and Muvanga and loaded in 2016-17. Be fun to see how it goes for them.

  2. McGuff is loading up. Ohio State also picked up pure shooting Kianna Holland from Duke a year ago (ranked 32 in her class). She is a redshirt freshman coming off a torn ACL last year. OSU lost 3 freshman to injury before the season started last season. She may not get much playing time her first year behind Mitchell and Ameryst Alston. I think that tandem could be the best guard combination in the nation. Rebecca Greenwell had a real nice year for Duke after an ACL tear.


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