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D’Angelo Russell named a first team Associated Press All-American

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While his season is over, Ohio State freshman guard D’Angelo Russell is still raking in awards.

The Big Ten Freshman of the Year was named a 2014-15 Associated Press first team All-American on Monday, becoming the 12th OSU men’s basketball player to garner that honor.

Russell is also the fifth OSU player to be named an AP All-American under current coach Thad Matta, and the first since Jared Sullinger in 2012.

Russell joins Wisconsin senior forward Frank Kaminsky, Duke freshman center Jahlil Okafor, Notre Dame senior guard Jerian Grant and Kentucky junior forward Willie Cauley-Stein on the prestigious list.

The Louisville, Ky., native led the Buckeyes in scoring with 19.3 points per game this season, but scored just nine in OSU’s season-ending loss to the Arizona Wildcats in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

His 675 total points this season were an OSU freshman record.

Russell is projected in many NBA mock drafts to be a top-five pick, but has not yet announced whether he will return to Columbus for a sophomore season or declare for the draft.

The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is April 26.

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  1. Notwithstanding his awards, Russell would benefit from another year of college BBall. He did not perform well, particularly his shooting, in big games with tough competition. Therefore, he is not ready for NBA. Next year, Russell will get more experience in big games particularly with the OSU looking like it will have a better team which should result in more big games.

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