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Buckeye baller: D’Angelo Russell to Ohio State

Buckeye baller: D’Angelo Russell to Ohio State

6′-4″ shooting guard D’Angelo Russell of Montverde Academy (FL) made a verbal pledge to the Ohio State Buckeyes on Friday. Russell, a top 20 prospect in the 2014 class nationally, is a native of Kentucky that has played in Florida the last two high school seasons. The commitment news was first reported by Corey Albertson of Rivals.

D'Angelo Russell at left (adidas)

D’Angelo Russell at left (adidas)

The fourth member in Ohio State’s 2014 recruiting class, Russell is a lanky and talented shooting guard. He’s had a good spring for Florida-based Each 1 Teach 1, after a somewhat low key junior season on the loaded roster at Montverde Academy, which featured several high-major players, including Kasey Hill (Florida Gators) and Dakari Johnson (Kentucky Wildcats).

Russell will join energetic wing JaeSean Tate, skilled point forward Keita Bates-Diop and developing post David Bell in the class so far for Ohio State.

Slender at 185 pounds, Russell can be effective with his left-handed stroke, and has enough handle to get into the paint off the dribble. He can pass, and is well-rounded at the shooting guard position. Numerous notable programs had offered Russell, including the Indiana Hoosiers, Louisville Cardinals and others.

Russell plays for one of the best high school basketball coaches in the country at Montverde Academy, in Kevin Boyle, who has coached numerous players that went to the pro ranks.  Russell is a top 5 player at shooting guard in the country, and considered by some to be the top player nationally at his position. As such, Ohio State fans have reason to be extremely pleased with his pledge. He and Bates-Diop, in particular, should be able to contribute early.

Going into his senior season at Montverde, Russell will play for what is likely to be a candidate for the pre-season No. 1 high school basketball team in the country, meaning he should have plenty of opportunity to showcase his game on television, and be a legitimate candidate for post-season honors such as the McDonald’s All-American game.

About Kellon Hassenstab

Kellon Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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