Sources confirmed to CBSSports.com that Ohio State freshman D’Angelo Russell is declaring for the NBA Draft.
He is a projected top-five pick.
Russell broke the news to ESPN.com on Wednesday.
“This was a hard decision because I knew I could come back and play with my teammates who I love, and to be coached by coach Thad Matta again would have been awesome, but at the same time I wanted to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA,” Russell told ESPN.com. “I know what I am capable of and the sky’s the limit with effort. I know I have a lot to work on.”
Russell averaged 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game for Ohio State, which went 24-11 last season. He was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and finished second behind Jahlil Okafor in CBSSports.com’s Freshman of the Year Watch.
The one-and-done point guard was a dazzler this season; his vision and savvy for the Buckeyes pretty much lifted that team to an NCAA Tournament berth. OSU fell in the Round of 32 to No. 2 Arizona. Here’s a sampling of what he did in that game.
And here’s just another peek at Russell’s savvy. Few players in recent college hoops history demonstrated the kind of passing ability and vision as a freshman as Russell did. He was a must-watch player.