D’Angelo Russell: Phoenix Suns 2015 Draft Profile

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D'Angelo Russell
Dec 6, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes guard D’Angelo Russell (0) versus Colgate Raiders during second half action at the Value City Arena. Ohio State won the game by a score of 70-50. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports /


Averaging 19.3 points a night on 41 percent shooting from behind the arc will get you noticed, but what really impresses about Russell is his court vision and passing ability, which are both aided by his knack for remaining calm and never getting flustered.

Russell put up 11 assists with just two turnovers on Feb. 8 at Rutgers (oh, and he also put up 23 points for good measure). At home against No. 23 Indiana, he had 10 assists. On the road in a 69-67 nail-biter against Northwestern, he managed 33 points and six assists with ZERO turnovers in the Buckeyes victory.

On defense, a 6’9″ wingspan pays dividends for the guard as he is able to get in passing lanes and cause havoc with his ball skills. He has perhaps the best handle in the draft and by far the smoothest shot, one that looks nearly identical to Mike Conley’s.

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