Schools pick up interest in Russell
Five-star class of 2014 prospect D'Angelo Russell is one of the premier wing guards in the country. The native of Kentucky is now at Montverde (Fla.) Academy and is a key part of one of the premier teams in the country. So far during his junior year he has continued to pick up the level of his play and coaches are coming at him on the recruiting trail. One luxury that Montverde Academy has is talent. They have elite players at every position on the floor. Even with that their chemistry is obvious, and Russell says that is a big key to the team's hot start. "It has been great," said Russell of the season. "We came together as a team early and after every win we keep on coming together." Always known as a versatile player, Russell says he is trying to do whatever he can this year to help his team to a national title. "My game, I try to do a little bit of everything," Russell explained. "If I need to score, score, if I need to get others involved I pass, if I need to rebound, rebound. I just try to do a little bit of everything." Recruiting wise things are only getting busier for Russell who is the No. 1 ranked shooting guard in the country. "There are a lot of people," said Russell. "I can't say everyone off the top of my head, but it is a lot of schools. North Carolina, Louisville, Indiana, Ohio State, Missouri, Georgetown, Nebraska, Florida, there are just a lot of schools." One school that gets a lot of buzz is Ohio State. The Buckeyes have made Russell a top priority from day one, and they continue to show him a lot of attention. "Ohio State is a big time program," said Russell of the Buckeyes. "I love that situation and it is an honor to have them recruit me. Coach Thad Matta and Coach Jeff Boals are both great and it is a big time program. I know their player development is big time as well." Also being a native of Louisville, the hometown Cardinals are talked about a lot in this recruitment. "I feel like there is no pressure for me because I am a Louisville native," said Russell. "Even though I am from there I don't feel pressure to go there. Coach (Kevin) Keatts is recruiting me and I talk to him a lot, and I talk to Coach (Rick) Pitino every once in a while as well." Recently North Carolina has really picked up the interest in Russell, and he is very interested in the Tar Heels. "I talk to Coach Hubert Davis a lot and he is a nice guy," explained Russell. "North Carolina came at me out of nowhere. It is very interesting because of all the big time players that have come out of that program. For them to know about me and come after me it is an honor." Even with a rule change that allows 2014 prospects to make official visits now, Russell says he has no visit plans and no timeline for a decision. "I haven't talked to anybody about visits," said Russell. "I am looking forward to taking some visits this summer, but I am not sure where."