Report: Russell Waiting to be Cleared by NCAA

By Mike Young on June 16, 2014 at 10:05p

The top recruit in Thad Matta's prized 2014 recruiting class planned to enroll for the summer semester, but is not academically cleared by the NCAA.

According to a report by the Columbus Dispatch's Bob Baptist, D'Angelo Russell did not attend classes, earlier today, because his high school transcript has not been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse. Baptist indicates a source told him the clearinghouse is waiting on Russell’s score from a standardized test he took earlier this month.

“We are hoping to have him here soon,” Matta told the Dispatch.

"He's got the ability to make big-time plays with the basketball in his hands, be it three-point shots, driving and getting fouled," Matta said, after Russell signed in November. "He makes guys around him better."

Russell withdrew from the USA U18 National Trials last week in an attempt to attend classes. 

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