D’Angelo Russell plans to enter the NBA Draft, according to a report from RealGM.com on Monday.
It’s not much of a surprise that Russell would make the decision to head to the NBA. A first team all-american, Russell is expected to be a top five pick in June’s draft.
A 6-foot-5 combo-guard, Russell is a talented scorer and playmaker that can rebound well for his size and should be a capable defender at the next level. He’s not a pure point guard, but he’s also not a natural shooting guard, falling into that combo-guard category.
Russell’s departure will hurt Ohio State in the sense that few expected him to truly be a one-and-done candidate when he arrived in Columbus, but they bring in another terrific recruiting class to help replace him and seniors Shannon Scott, Sam Thompson and Amir Williams.
The class is five deep, headlined by five-star combo-guard JaQuan Lyle. Thad Matta landed four other four star recruits as well — Austin Grandstaff, Daniel Giddens, A.J. Harris and Mickey Mitchell.