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CLASS OF 2014 INTRO: D’ANGELO RUSSELL
As one of the lite prospects D’Angelo Russell might not need an introduction to the masses. However, ahead of his appearance at this coming week’s NBPA Top 100 High School Basketball Camp, NBE felt it was important to catch up with the Montverde Academy shooting guard to get the latest on his recruitment, which is sure to be closely watched by many fans in the coming months.
Some might have lost track of Russell in the last year as the Kentucky native transferred to Montverde Academy in Florida. As a sophomore he did not get a ton of minutes on the powerful prep squad, but he has once again showed the talent that makes him an elite prospect, especially on the offensive end, this spring back in his comfort zone with the Louisville Magic AAU program, which he refers to as playing with to be “like a brotherhood.”
Russell has the complete skill package as a 6-foot-4, 180-pound shooting guard. He can create off the bounce for himself and others. He is strong enough to get to the rim and finish through contact and he can hit the perimeter shot consistently out past the three-point arc. Russell is also not afraid to defend and will do so with effort consistently.
Russell hopes to improve on every aspect of his game this summer, which makes sense as he has no glaring weaknesses needed to address on the floor. Following the summer he is looking forward to a bigger role with Montverde and leading them to accomplish what they just fell short of this past season.
“[At] Montverde Academy [I want to} to win the national tournament and get better as a team every practice," he told NBE Sports.
With the July evaluation periods rapidly approaching you can be certain some of the nation's elite programs will be taking in the games of Russell and his extremely talented Louisville Magic squad. Russell already owns an impressive offer list which will certainly come in more focus very soon when college coaches can contact Class of 2014 players on a more regular basis beginning later this week.
Being used to winning, Russell shared with NBE that he will factor in how successful the programs are when making his college decision.
“The most winning program,” he said of the factors most important in his future college decision, adding “and somewhere that fits my style of play and makes me feel comfortable.”
NBE will continue to closely watch D’Angelo Russell this summer, beginning with this week’s NBPA Top 100 High School Basketball Camo and throughout his run with Louisville Magic, as the dynamic Class of 2014 prospect will be one of the most heavily recruited players in the class. Stay tuned as it will likely be a bitter recruiting battle in America’s heartland to land this talented player.