Thursday, September 5, 2013
#AskCoachB: Russell's SG ranking
By Paul Biancardi
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Over the spring and summer, only a handful of players had impactful performances on a consistent basis, and Ohio State commit D'Angelo Russell was certainly one of those players. Russell wasted no time launching deep, open shots and making consecutive shots in games until the defense challenged. At that point he would use his elusive change-of-speed dribble to shake a defender, get into the lane and put the ball up on the rim. He handles the ball well in the open floor, and when the game slows down in the half-court setting he makes on-point passes with vision to open teammates. When we look at his shooting percentages from distance, inside the 3-point arc and at the free-throw line, it certainly makes a case for him to be a candidates for No. 1 shooting guard honors.
As our staff discusses his rise in the rankings for that spot, we will evaluate his performances, production and potential and compare him to the other outstanding shooting guards such a Rashad Vaughn, Devin Booker, James Blackmon Jr. and Isaiah Whitehead.
Russell is currently ranked as the No. 23 overall player in the ESPN 100 and the No. 4 shooting guard in the nation.