In a bit of a surprise Thursday night, the Los Angeles Lakers selected D'Angelo Russell with the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft.
"We think his upside is unlimited, and we didn't feel that for all the players we were considering," general manager Mitch Kupchak said at the Lakers' training complex. "It was clear to everybody that he was far and above, at his position, the best choice for us."
Russell, a Louisville native, starred at Ohio State as a freshman last season. He averaged 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and five assists for the Buckeyes.
He immediately relished the opportunity to play in a backcourt with Kobe Bryant, who will be 37 years old this fall when he returns from his second major injury for his 20th NBA season.
"I'm really looking forward to him taking me under his wing, if possible, and really just feeding me the most knowledge he can," Russell said. "To be in this position on that franchise, on the West Coast, in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, is a great opportunity to really take my game to the next level."
D'Angelo getting the call from Mitch Kupchak https://t.co/rmMRXzvIJX— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) June 26, 2015