The 2015 NBA Draft class received another big-name collegiate star on Wednesday afternoon, with news that Ohio State Buckeyes freshman guard D’Angelo Russell will be forgoing his final years of eligibility to enter his name into the draft.
Russell, 6-foot-5, 180 pounds, announced his decision in an interview with ESPN.com.
“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.”
While plenty of things can change leading up to this summer’s NBA Draft, D’Angelo Russell is currently expected to be a top five selection.
Last season, Russell averaged 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5 assists per game on his way to becoming a first-team All-American.
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