Ducks Sign Transfer Sharpshooter Taylor Mikesell


EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon women’s basketball head coach Kelly Graves bolstered the Ducks’ roster with one of the top shooters in the country on Thursday, officially announcing the signing of transfer guard Taylor Mikesell.

Mikesell comes to Oregon after spending the previous two seasons at Maryland, where she averaged 12.3 points per game and shot 41.8 percent from three-point range while starting 66 straight games for the Terrapins. The Massillon, Ohio, native was the Big Ten freshman of the year and an all-Big-Ten second-team selection by the league’s coaches in 2018-19 before earning all-Big-Ten honorable mention status in 2019-20.

Mikesell is entering her junior season and will submit a petition to play for the Ducks immediately in 2020-21 due to NCAA transfer rules. She will have two years of eligibility remaining at Oregon.

“We are thrilled to be able to add a player of Taylor’s caliber,” said Graves. “She is a proven winner and one of the very best pure shooters in the nation, and she’ll add another veteran presence to our young team. Taylor is a tremendous fit for our program and I can’t wait to get her to Eugene.”

The No. 32 ranked recruit in the nation out of Jackson High School, Mikesell burst onto the scene as a true freshman in 2018-19 and established herself as one of the most lethal shooters in the NCAA while averaging 13.4 points per game. Mikesell’s 95 made three-pointers broke the Maryland single-season record for both men and women, and she shot 41.1 percent from beyond the arc to rank second in the Big Ten and 22nd in the nation.

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Mikesell scored in double figures in 27 of 34 games as a freshman, recording 20 or more points on three occasions. The guard helped lead Maryland to the Big Ten Tournament final before scoring 16 points in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament against Radford and 14 in a second-round loss to UCLA.

Coming off a stellar freshman season, Mikesell averaged 11.2 points per game in 2019-20 while ranking second in the Big Ten and 24th in the NCAA with a 42.5 three-point percentage. Mikesell posted six games of 20 points or more – including a 22-point performance with six three-pointers in Maryland’s win over Purdue to open the Big Ten Tournament – and she matched her career-high of 23 points twice in an eight-game stretch during nonconference play. Mikesell also racked up 45 total steals as a sophomore while averaging 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.

A WBCA high school all-America honorable mention selection, Mikesell finished her tremendous career at Jackson High School with 2,175 points after averaging a whopping 30.7 points with 6.2 rebounds and 3.2 steals during her senior season. Mikesell won the American Family Insurance three-point championship in San Antonio as a senior, and she shattered the Stark County single-game scoring record with a 60-point performance on Feb. 10, 2018, while going an incredible 14-of-17 from three-point range.

Mikesell gives the Ducks another experienced winner on the roster after claiming back-to-back Big Ten regular-season titles and the 2020 Big Ten Tournament championship with Maryland. She joins an Oregon program that has won three straight Pac-12 regular-season titles and two of the last three conference tournament championships.

Mikesell already has some familiarity with the Ducks’ roster, having played with redshirt sophomore Sedona Prince on the 2016 USA U17 World Cup team that won the bronze medal at the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship in Zaragoza, Spain. Last summer, Mikesell earned a spot on the U.S. Pan American Games Women’s Basketball Team and helped Team USA to a 4-1 record and the silver medal at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.