Ohio State Basketball: Current Buckeyes with the Brightest NBA Futures

The Ohio State basketball program had a streak broken without even playing a game back on June 26.

The Buckeyes saw a player drafted seven consecutive years—dating back to 2007—which was the top current streak in the nation, before the teams of the NBA elected to look elsewhere this year. If nothing else, it was a nice tidbit to tell recruits.

LaQuinton Ross and Aaron Craft will both work out with NBA teams in the summer and participate in summer leagues, but neither heard their name called on draft day.

Therefore, it’s time for Thad Matta and the Ohio State program to turn their attention to the future and try to start a new streak. With that in mind, here is a look at the current Buckeyes with the brightest NBA futures.

D’Angelo Russell

D’Angelo Russell was recently cleared to join his fellow freshmen in the class of 2014 at Ohio State, and the Buckeyes couldn’t have received much better news in the summer.

Russell will clearly help Ohio State immediately this season, but we are more interested in his professional prospects here. Fortunately for him, his skill set as a versatile guard who can play off the ball or as a point guard should translate smoothly.

He is a deadeye three-point shooter, can slice through opposing defenses or create his own shot on the outside with his ankle-turning ball-handling skills, and has the length and strength (6’5″, 174 lbs) to finish through traffic at the rim. He is also a solid…

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