D’Angelo Russell, a 2014 Montverde Academy graduate, who recently completed his freshman year playing basketball for Ohio State University, was yesterday named a first-team All-American by a panel of 65 Associated Press voters. Russell was joined on the first team by Jahlil Okafor of Duke, Frank Kaminsky of Wisconsin, Willie Cauley-Stein of Kentucky, and Jerrian Grant of Notre Dame. Russell, a 19 year-old Louisville, Kentucky, native who was a Montverde Academy boarding student for 2 ½ years, was earlier this month awarded the Big 10 Freshman Player of the Year, and also named to 1st team All-Big-Ten too. He is mentioned in many countrywide conversations regarding the 2015 NBA Draft prospects.
In the March 23, 2015, edition of Sports Illustrated, writer Chris Mannix writes, “In four months Russell, 19, has evolved from a highly touted prospect without a defined position – ranked No. 18 by Rivals.com last May – to the nation’s best freshman point guard and one who has the tools to star at that spot in the pros. If you asked NBA general managers about D’Angelo in November, they might have thought you were talking about the R&B singer or the sub-shop chain; today they can’t stop gushing about a likely top five pick who averaged 19.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.1 assist.” To read the full aforementioned article, please visit HERE.
Last season at Montverde Academy, Russell was ranked #18 in the “Top 150 Recruits for Class of 2014” by Rivals.com, awarded the 2014 Montverde Academy Invitational Tournament (M.A.I.T.) Most Valuable Player, and led MVA in winning the 2014 DICK’S Sporting Goods High School National Tournament played in New York, New York [tournament win article on Montverde.org] To read more on D’Angelo’s selection, please visit the following Tuesday, March 31st, 2015, Daily Commercial article “Montverde grad D’Angelo Russell named to All-American team,” HERE.