Men's Basketball

Louisville native D'Angelo Russell to play for Ohio State

Louisville coach Rick Pitino gave instructions to his team in the second half.  Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff
Louisville coach Rick Pitino gave instructions to his team in the second half. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff Herald-Leader

Louisville native D’Angelo Russell committed to play basketball for Ohio State on Friday.

Russell, a 6-foot-4 guard ranked No. 11 in the class of 2014 by Scout.com  , played at Central High School in Louisville before transferring to Montverde Academy in Florida, where he was teammates with Kentucky signee Dakari Johnson. Montverde won the National High School Invitational — the equivalent of a national high school title — in April.

Other schools that showed substantial interest in Russell included Louisville, Georgetown, Indiana, Michigan State, Missouri and Memphis. U of L Coach Rick Pitino and Georgetown Coach John Thompson III stopped by his Florida high school just before the end of the most recent live recruiting period.

Ohio State Coach Thad Matta also paid Russell a visit during that time.

“(Matta) just wants me to be a playmaker coming in,” Russell told the Herald-Leader in April. “He told me that if I went there I would have to be good to produce right away.”

Russell is considered the No. 1 shooting guard in the class by Scout.com  . Kentucky showed some interest, but the school never offered him a scholarship. He said in April that he was planning to visit UK’s campus sometime this summer, but that obviously won’t happen. UK has offered scholarships to Rashad Vaughn of Minnesota and Devin Booker of Mississippi. Both players are shooting guards and ranked among the top 25 players in the class of 2014 by Scout.com  .

According to Scout, Russell is the highest-rated player from the state of Kentucky since Scotty Hopson was ranked No. 7 overall in 2008.

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