D’Angelo Russell-Combo Guard-Ohio State Fr.

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D'Angelo RussellPG- Ohio State
Size:6'5 193lbs.
Age:19
Reach:8'6
Wingspan:6'10
PPG:19.3
APG:5.0
RPG:5.7
SPG:1.6
FG%:45%
3PT%:41%
Award:1st team All-American as a Freshman

Strengths:

  • Combo Guard who plays smart, high basketball IQ
  • Great Wingspan
  • Quick release
  • Game translates well to the NBA: solid in pick-n-roll
  • Solid three-game: 41% at Ohio State
  • Confident in his game
  • Great handle and ball skills

Weaknesses:

  • Needs to figure out position PG/SG at the NBA level (will depend on team)
  • Needs to become a better defender
  • Not the fastest guard
  • Does not have great “hops”
  • Still young: 19 years-old

Coming off of a very productive Freshman campaign with the Buckeyes, Russell is a sure-fire top ten pick, and could challenge for the top overall selection. Coming into the league as a teenager, D’Angelo can still improve on his already gifted basketball abilities. The NBA is turning into a guard-driven league, making Russell even more valuable. Throughout the NBA season, big-time NBA scouts and front office personnel watched Russell play up-close and live to get a glimpse at his talent. Phil Jackson was fined by the NBA for talking about how gifted Russell was in-season this year after Jackson watched an Ohio State game live.

While it’s likely the first overall selection will be spent on a big-man, Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay are the only guards who can be chosen that early. The reason is simple, they are a step ahead of everyone else, which is saying a lot for teenagers.

Projected Pick: 3rd overall

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Dan Schalk is MFST’s draft expert, you can follow him on Twitter @ffsportstalk

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