D'Angelo Russell

6-4, 195 Point Guard/Shooting Guard
Ohio St. Freshman
02/23/96 (26.8 yrs)
Louisville, KY
High School
Monteverde Academy
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Penny Hardaway/Brandon Roy

Strengths: Precocious point guard with tremendous ball skills … Intriguing long term prospect considering his package of attributes … Smart, and smooth guard who never seems to get rattled or rushed into making mistakes … Shows great poise and maturity for a freshman. Makes everything look easy … Great imagination and creativity. His vision and passing ability is very intriguing … Excellent decision maker and appears to have the ability to develop into a point guard for the next level … His drive and dish already is an effective element to his game … 6-foot-9 wingspan gives him the ability to disrupt passing lanes and shots, as well as giving him extra length to get to loose balls and get shots off … Shows good form on his shot and a quick release. Connecting at a good rate on shots at all 3 levels through the early part of the season … Very good at running the pick-and-roll, well ahead of most guards at the same stage in that element … Very good at creating shots in the midrange with a nasty handle, using crossovers and fakes to rock defenders off balance … Conditioning and confidence in his first year have both been impressive … Has worked on his body and is showing better upper body strength …

Weaknesses: Still unproven as point guard, so the question is how long it will take him to become effective and productive on the NBA level at the lead guard position … Not a bigtime athlete. His length helps him to defend but he’s a below average run/jump athlete by NBA standards … Needs to develop a better intensity level at the defensive end … Shot is good, although he may need to tweak his release slightly, in order to extend his range out to NBA 3. He tends to turn into his shot slightly, and should work on ironing out his form … Also needs to sustain a level of consistency through an entire college season … Has trouble finishing in transition, change of speed and added strength (particularly his legs) would help this tremendously, lack of explosiveness has hurt his efficiency in this area … Like most young guards, can use some work on his off hand and shot selection … Decision making is good, but a bit turnover prone at this stage …

Notes: Nickname is "DLo" … One of the most productive freshmen in college … Through six games, Russell is averaging 18 ppg, a near 2-1 a/to ratio with 6 apg, and 40% from 3 on 14-35 shots … Obviously it’s early, but if Russell can continue to play at his current level, he stands a good chance to be a one and done lottery pick … Measured 6’4 (in shoes) 175 lbs, with a 6’8.5 wingspan at the 2012 LeBron James Skills Academy … Measured 6’5 (in shoes) 176 lbs, with a 6’8.5 wingspan at the 2013 Nike Guard Skills Academy …

Aran Smith 12/3/14


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