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Old 11-25-2014, 09:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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D'Angelo Russell - G - Ohio State

D'Angelo Russell: 2014-2015 Ohio State Basketball player profiles


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Recruiting Rankings: 247: #30, ESPN: #23, Scout: #21, Rivals: #35
Committed to Ohio State

Strengths:
-Good physical attributes. Solid height. Good frame. Long arms. Big hands
-Incredibly smooth. Has some unexpected explosiveness he can unleash when needed
-Talented ball-handler. Operates at different speeds.
-Gifted scorer. Not polished, but can throw the ball in the basket in impressive fashion and in a variety of ways
-Floaters in the lane. Makes tough shots off the dribble
-Good feel for the game. Makes the extra pass. Passes ahead in transition. Can find teammates creatively
-Needs to improve ball-handling.
-Fills up the stat sheet with points, assists, rebounds and steals
-Has the potential to be a good defender if he wants to

Weaknesses
-Doesn't know how to use his talent in a consistent fashion. Plays in spurts. Tends to disappear at times
-Average ball-handler in the half-court. Rarely gets all the way to the basket. Doesn't get to the free throw line at a very high rate. Getting stronger will help as he doesn't do a great job finishing through contact
-Inconsistent outside shooter. Has awkward shooting mechanics like many lefties, but main culprit is his poor shot-selection. Made 28% of his 3-point attempts in 19 Nike EYBL games
-Loves to settle for bad shots off the dribble. Takes too many long two-pointers
-Needs to improve his catch and shoot jump-shot
-Takes plays off on defense

Outlook: Talented lefty scorer who can put points on the board with amazing ease. Shows an extra gear he can get to off the dribble that isn't readily apparent on first glance. Game comes very naturally for him, but goes through prolonged stretches of inefficiency. Will benefit from being pushed by Ohio State's coaching staff.
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Has D'Angelo Russell been making any noise with NBA folk?

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Yes. He's a scoring machine, but he also has the ability to be a big point guard in the NBA. That's a big deal. Could be in the lottery by the end of the year. There just aren't a lot of great point guard prospects in this year's draft.
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Meet your ACC/Big Ten Surprise of the Year so far: D'Angelo Russell

Ohio State coach Thad Matta has one of the most distinctive styles in college basketball. Year in and year out, he loves -- for lack of a better term -- to feature the heck out of his featured scorer. On any given Buckeyes team there is customarily one (and only one) star player on offense who carries a heavy workload in terms of possessions. Whether it's Evan Turner, Jared Sullinger, Deshaun Thomas or LaQuinton Ross, identifying "the man" in Columbus is seldom difficult.

This season, that star would appear to be 6-foot-5 freshman D'Angelo Russell. While granting that OSU's schedule to date has not been particularly challenging, Russell has been outstanding. Put it this way: Russell's per-possession stats, should they prove to be legit, would mean Frank Kaminsky actually has competition in this season's Big Ten Player of the Year race. Russell has been that good, making shots from both sides of the arc while demonstrating a surprisingly polished ability to make the correct pass.

Matta's teams rarely lack for defense, but if Russell proves to be even somewhat as effective as he has been to this point on offense, it will officially be time to revise our expectations for Ohio State upward. Fortunately the Buckeyes' next game is at Louisville, so we should get a better indication of how good the freshman star and his supporting cast truly are.
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Okafor and Towns are two freshmen off to red-hot starts, but they aren't the only ones. Russell's been a dominant scorer and playmaker for the Buckeyes and is posting a whopping 34.22 college PER in his first five games for OSU. He has head coach Thad Motta to thank for some of that. Russell is posting a whopping 25.6 usage rate -- he's clearly got the green light from Motta to do what he wants to do out there. Interestingly, it's that 24.3 assist rate that really excites scouts. This draft is really thin on point guards. If Russell can prove to be both a scorer and passer this year, he's a lock to go in the top 10.
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D’Angelo Russell showed the good and bad
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Statistics: 17 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, 4 turnovers and 2 steals on 6-for-20 shooting

D’Angelo Russell couldn’t handle the Cardinals’ pressure in the first half. Terry Rozier and Chris Jones did a great job of sticking to him like glue and speeding him up in the half court. When he was able to get some daylight, he either rushed his shot or had a 7-footer closing out on him. As a result, he scored just five points on 2-for-9 shooting.

In the second half, though, Russell was a different player. He settled down and was the catalyst in the Buckeyes’ comeback. 10 of his 17 points came in the final six minutes of the game.

Even when Russell wasn’t at his best, it’s easy to see the appeal. At 6-foot-4, he’s got great size for a point guard and he’s very smooth. When he’s able to find a seam to the basket, he does a good job of weaving his way around defenders for easy looks. On jump shots, he gets good elevation and he has a quick release. He’s also a smart player with great vision. He finished the game with seven assists, but he could’ve easily worked his way into double figures. He found his teammates several times on the pick-and-roll and helped dissect Louisville’s defense in the second half.

Russell certainly looked like lottery pick-material at times on Tuesday.
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Russell is a dynamic guard who is shooting 46.2 percent from the field and 42.5 percent from three-point range. He also has a nice feel for the pick-and-roll -- which enthuses scouts and has helped him average 5.3 assists -- and chooses from a variety of moves off the dribble. Scouts will be watching to see if the 18-year-old can develop into a full-time playmaker.
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Why is Russell such an interesting prospect? Scouts believe he has the tools to excel at both the 1 and the 2 in the NBA. He is a smooth scorer who can score both inside and outside and he's a got the handle and court vision to be a terrific playmaker in the NBA someday.

Projecting him as a point guard makes him especially interesting to scouts who are looking for alternatives to Mudiay, as they believe Mudiay will be gone in the first three picks.

"There's so much to love about his game," one GM told ESPN.com about Russell. "Even when he has a bad game, it looks like a good one because every time the ball leaves his lands, it looks like it's going in. He plays with such great confidence and has a terrific feel. I think he could be a James Harden-type player at the next level. That's what kind of scorer and playmaker he could be."

Said another GM: "We thought for a while we would have a great chance of landing him in the late lottery. But we've given up. He's too good. After Okafor, Mudiay and Towns are all off the board, I think he'll be heavily in the conversation."
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My goodness...his game is tailored made for the league.
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