D'Angelo Russell is Visiting Ohio State Today

June 3, 2013 at 2:38p    by Jordan Wagner
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D'Angelo Russell is a highly rated 2014 prospectD'Angelo Russell is on campus today. 

Highly rated 2014 guard D'Angelo Russell is visiting Ohio State today. Earlier today, 2014 Ohio State commit Jae'Sean Tate tweeted out that he was done with exams for the day and he might be headed to campus to visit and meet up with Russell. Tate's profile is private so the tweet can not be embedded. I have been able to confirm that Russell is visiting today. 

D'Angelo Russell is rated 23rd overall by 247Sports. He has offers from Ohio State, Louisville, Indiana, UNC, Arizona, Memphis, among others. 

It is widely believed that Ohio State and Louisville are his leaders. Five insiders have predicted Russell to Ohio State on 247Sport's crystal ball feature. 

Russell is known for his excellent lefty three point stroke and also his play making ability at the guard spot. Ohio State is looking to add another guard to the 2014 class. 

He previously stated that he plans to wait until late in the process to commit to a school. If Ohio State misses out on PG Tyus Jones, D'Angelo Russell could be in line to take the last guard spot in the Buckeyes class. Ohio State has also been actively looking for another big man for the class that currently has only two more scholarships available. 

Here is some film of the 2014 guard prospect from Montverde (FL) Academy:


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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Thad and his staff need to bring in a top of the line haul for 2014 and 2015, Russell is key.

9Route's picture

Wow...impressive
Hope the good guys get him...go Thad!

I'm just happy to be here

mh277907's picture

For whatever reason, lefties always seem to be a little harder to guard at all levels of basketball. Kid has good vision and athleticism. Can't knock his confidence, either.

buckeyebobcat

tennbuckeye19's picture

Glad to see Russell is visiting OSU. His school, Montverde Academy had a center named Dakari Johnson sign with Kentucky for 2013.
On Russell's 247 page his location is listed as 'Louisville, KY' yet he is rated the #1 player (#2 Composite) out of Florida and plays for Montverde in Florida. Then it says he plays for Louisville Magic in AAU. So I'm assuming he's from Louisville and yet goes to prep school in Florida. If he's from Louisville, and he's down to them and OSU, I'd think it could be tough to get him to play in Columbus and not the hometown Cards, but we shall see.

Jordan Wagner's picture

You are correct. D'Angelo is originally from Louisville, Kentucky, but attends Montverde Academy in Florida. He played his freshman year at Louisville Central. I believe he plays AAU ball for Each One Teach One out of Florida now. 

Russell has really taken it to the next level in the past month. Louisville was somewhat slow playing him previously. I think Louisville would rather take G JaQuan Lyle out of Indiana. Louisville appears to be the favorite for Lyle and Ohio State is still in the mix. I would be okay with Lyle to Louisville and Russell to Ohio State. 

tennbuckeye19's picture

Thanks for the info.

actionstanleyjackson's picture

Don't like using must get...but this kid is close to it

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

oregonianbuckeye's picture

The 2014 class for the bball program is really important, as I see it as a big transition year for the program. With Craft's class leaving after 13, and the Scott class leaving after 14, the 14 class will really need to continue to keep the program at the elite level. Would love to land this kid, as he looks like a plus ball handler and shooter. Hopefully his visit goes well today and we can focus on landing another big in the class. Tate and Diop will provide get additions at the wing, now hopefully we can fill the pieces around them.

mh277907's picture

I think Thad thinks the same thing. He has been perfectly content with building deep classes every couple of years rather than going after a couple of kids each year. This allows him to go hard after the players he sees fit and develop them. Obviously, this has worked very well for him and I think it will be even better when the NBA (hopefully) changes the one-and-done rule soon.

buckeyebobcat

OldColumbusTown's picture

Two best possible scenarios, in my opinion, for OSU in 2014 is to get either Okafor and Jones, or Russell and Leron Black.  It feels like OSU very well could end up with either Lyle or Russell, but Russell just "feels" like he's a more probable commit.

Jordan Wagner's picture

Florida is looking tough to beat for LeRon Black, especially after recieving a commitment from HS and AAU teammate PG Chris Chiozza. Chiozza had an OSU offer as well before committing to the Gators. 

A big man to watch is center Elbert Robinson out of Texas. He recently named Ohio State in his top three with Georgetown and Louisville. I know Thad Matta visited him at his home a little while back. 

OldColumbusTown's picture

I don't disagree.  Was just stating what I thought would be the best possible end scenarios for Ohio State.  Bell, Diop, and Tate, along with a combo of either Okafor/Jones or Black/Russell would be ideal.  There's no connection that I know of or anything between Black and Russell, it is just that Black is a man-child.

EazyElmo's picture

That's a helluva top 3 for a kid from Texas. He must really want out of Texas. What kind of shape does OSU look like with Myles Turner, another big from Texas? He is looking better and better as the year is progressing

Jordan Wagner's picture

I know Ohio State assistant coaches saw Myles Turner last month on the AAU circuit. However, I have not heard or read anything about Myles Turner and Ohio State. Turner hasn't even been listing Ohio State as offering or a school he is interested in from what I have seen. He has really blown up this summer. Look for him to make a huge jump in the rankings. 

dubjayfootball90's picture

This kid looks like he can be electric, hope he ends up in S&G

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

EazyElmo's picture

Is the staff looking to move him to PG? I've heard that Louisville is also looking at target PG Lyle also and whoever is the loser of one player is the winner of the other player.
Edit: Damn when I wrote this 30 min ago there were no other posts but I didn't hit save.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

The disappointment I had when it turned out this guy isn't an offensive lineman, but a basketball player instead.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

TMargo's picture

Funny I was exactly the opposite.  I'm very happy to see hoops info.....i wish we had more IMO

BuckeyeLurker0509's picture

I agree. Not nearly enough basketball news but then again, when the recruiting classes are only 4-5 players , there isnt going to be a ton of news swirling compared to football recruiting.

thowen79's picture

lol...I was also thinking OG when I saw the title and then saw his picture and was thinking, "man this kid is not very big for a lineman." 

Triv's picture

Definitely has the handles and vision to run the point at OSU if he ends up here

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

Mike Young's picture

OREGONIANBUCKEYE already touched on it. Huge class for the Buckeyes. Need a PG here. Don't want another PJ Hill / Jeremie Simmons /"oh god turnover... there goes another easy Siena fast break" like 08-09

Another thing to keep in mind is both Russell's and Lyle's size. Good rebounders & can guard multiple positions. Pretty big for Thad Matta's system

TMargo's picture

I noticed that as well.  6'4' guard means you have the ability to handle contact and finish/distribute and to be a factor on both ends of the floor.  This class as freshman (most likely 5 or 6 players) and the 2011 class as seniors might end up being one hell of a mix. 

O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

Hope D'Angelo feels at home here. This '14 class can be stellar.

GoBucksToledo's picture

So any news on how the visit went?

9Route's picture

would love to hear what he has to say in an interview

I'm just happy to be here

DeepSouthBuckeye's picture

I love this kids film. A true PG that can score is becoming a premium in the game today. ( ie Burke, Russell Westbrook, CP3, Conley, Lillard)
Also, I  like that cockiness, swagger he has about him. Almost the same type swagger Craft plays with, despite their skill sets being completely different.

Loving all things Buckeye from SEC country in Alabama.

"How firm thy friendship....O-HI-O"

Patriot4098's picture

Looks good, but I'm still holding on to hope for the Jones/Okafor duo.

"Evil shenanigans!"     - Mac