An Ode to Patient 0: Counting Down D'Angelo Russell's Top 10 Plays at Ohio State

By Tim Shoemaker on April 22, 2015 at 9:00 pm

It didn't come as much of a surprise Wednesday when D'Angelo Russell declared for the NBA Draft, but that doesn't mean Ohio State fans still aren't hurting with the decision.

Russell was dazzling in his only season as a Buckeye and he's going to be missed in Columbus. With that said, let's take a look back at Patient 0's Top 10 plays of his freshman season at Ohio State.

10. Russell Puts Purdue in the Spin Cycle

In the silkiest of ways, Russell made this spin move and reverse layup vs. the Boilermakers look so easy. Hint: It's not this easy.

9. Russell Drops a Dime on Wisconsin

This game against the Badgers was in large part very disappointing. But that doesn't diminish this insane bounce pass from Russell to Jae'Sean Tate for a bucket.

8. He Did What?

Who says superstars don't hustle?

7. Russell Hits the Boilermakers With the Okie-Doke

Not only was this hesitation move ridiculous, it came at a key point in the game and put Ohio State up by one with 1:01 remaining in what turned out to be a 65-61 win. It also happened to be the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Rapheal Davis, who Russell abused.

6. Denzel Valentine Gets Put on Skates

Valentine is one of the best players in the Big Ten, but he got abused by Russell here on this behind-the-back dribble.


Thad Matta had talked all along about what kind of passer Russell was. The first true glimpse of that we saw this season was this dime he dropped against Iowa. Ignore the fact Sam Thompson blew the layup, please.

4. Now He's Just Toying With Northwestern

No words for this one.

3. Doug Brooks' Family Should Not Watch This

This would have been our No. 1 play had Russell made the shot, but let's just watch Doug Brooks get embarrassed anyway.

2. This is How You Get Embarrassed on National Television

Everyone please say a prayer for Northwestern's Vic Law and his loved ones.

1. Look Ma. Actually, Don't Look.

It says a lot about Russell that his No. 1 play of the season was a pass. We'll have this dime to Jae'Sean Tate against Arizona in the NCAA tournament on loop for years to come.

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