Ohio State Basketball: Grading D’Angelo Russell’s McDonald’s All-American Game

There is no better way for Ohio State fans to put the disappointing 2013-14 college basketball season behind them than to look forward to the future.
McDonald’s All-American D’Angelo Russell will be a primary part of that future.

Russell was a participant in Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-American Game at the United Center in Chicago. His East team fell 105-102, but the individual performances of the players are far more important than which team wins when it comes to high school all-star games.

Russell did not disappoint.

The 247Sports.com 5-star prospect finished with 11 points, four assists and two rebounds in 15 minutes of action, although he did turn the ball over two times.

Don’t let the two turnovers worry you, though, because there is always going to be an inherent level of sloppiness at any all-star game. However, they were the only thing that prevented an “A” from being handed out here.

Russell was fantastic in the first half, but only played sparingly after intermission. Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader reports that may have been because he had to fly to New York City in the game’s aftermath to rejoin his high school team at the Dick’s Sporting Goods National High School Tournament.

According to Bob Baptist of the Columbus Dispatch, one person that Russell impressed during the game was former Big Ten superstar Jalen Rose:

The most notable part of his performance was his court vision and…

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