Ohio State guard D'Angelo Russell was taken with the #2 overall pick in the NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. He was selected after Kentucky's Karl Anthony-Towns and before other key players including Duke's Jahlil Okafor, who helped the Blue Devils to the national championship last season.
Russell only spent one season in Columbus, but still managed to take the college basketball world by storm. The 6'5", 180 pound Louisville native was a Consensus First Team All-American and a Wooden Award Finalist after averaging 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 5 assists per game--leading the Buckeyes in each category. Russell knocked down 41 percent of his three point field goals, and boasted an offensive rating of 115.7. His well-rounded game is reflected in the fact that he posted the fourth highest points+assists+rebounds (PAR) per game in the Big Ten in the last decade, producing a PAR of 30 per game.
Even though he didn't spend a lot of time in college, Russell still racked up a cornucopia of individual accolades. He was a consensus First Team All-American and first team All-Big Ten. Russell won the the first-ever Jerry West Award as the nation's top shooting guard, and was also a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award (player of the year), Oscar Robertson Trophy (player of the year), and Wayman Tisdale Award (national freshman of the year).
Russell played his high school basketball at Montverde Academy, where he led the Eagles to back-to-back championships in the National High School Invitational. Russell was a five-star recruit out of high school, a McDonald's All-American and the top ranked shooting guard in his class.
There's no question that he lived up to that hype. And now, as he starts his NBA career in Los Angeles, Russell has the burden of high expectations placed upon him again. If the past is any indication, Russell should flourish, and show off the talent that made him a no-brainer lottery pick.