Ohio State's star freshman guard D'Angelo Russell has picked up a ton of hardware this season, and deservedly so. Now, he's added his highest honor yet, as the guard was named to the AP first team All-American squad. He is joined by Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein, Notre Dame's Jerian Grant, Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky, and Duke's Jahil Okafor.
The 6'5, 180-pound Russell led the Buckeyes with 19.3 points per game, despite receiving the lion's share of attention from defenses. He also managed to lead the team with 5.6 rebounds a game, and was second on the team with 5.1 assists per game. Russell filled up the stat sheet on ever level, even recording a triple double in Ohio State's trouncing of Rutgers.
D'Angelo Russell is the fourth Buckeye to be named an AP All-American in the Thad Matta era, joining Greg Oden in 2007, Evan Turner in 2010, and Jared Sullinger in 2011 and 2012. He is the 10th Ohio State player to win the award. Russell was also a first-team All-Big Ten selection and earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors. While he has not yet made an announcement, Russell is wildly expected by basketball analysts to declare for the NBA draft.
Congrats to Russell on an excellent season, and a well deserved award.