Before making the heyday of the Wolves and giving fans high hopes for the franchise’s bright future between himself, Karl-Anthony Towns and an upcoming Draft first pick, there was a time when D’Angelo Russell s ‘was having fun in the NCAA defenses and had a big wait around him. Back today on his best performance at university.
February 8, 2015, somewhere in New Jersey. As the Rutgers host Ohio State at the Louis Brown Athletic Center in Piscataway, a kid who would turn 19 a few days later confirmed the hype around him. Before arriving in the Great League and making the offensive happiness of the Lakers, the Nets, the Warriors or even the Wolves, the young D-Lo, who seemed much less to worry about his hair, was already a hit at Ohio State University. Become leader of the Buckeyes after having refused Michigan State or Louisville in particular, the number 0 remained only one year at the university… but did not need more to mark its territory.
On February 8, the Louisville native still does not have the right to buy alcohol on American soil, but he will have quietly sipped his opponents from New Jersey by showing all his offensive panoply. Result: 23 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, and a landslide victory for the Buckeyes 79-60, away. Ah, and then the first triple-double in the history of the university for a freshman, by the way. A first career triple-double for D-Lo, a performance that he will repeat only once with the Nets, in 2018. In addition to making his college history, Russell was showing the world that he had the makings of the future All-Star that he ultimately became. 61% in the shoot, 42% behind the arc but especially the big shot, the floators, speed in transition. No doubt, the kid is clearly NBA ready and we understand why D’Angelo is now able to slam 52 with the Warriors against the Wolves without giving the impression of forcing.
A first triple-double in his career and a growing hype which will push the Lakers to draft the very young D-Lo in second position in the 2015 Draft behind… his current teammate Karl-Anthony Towns. And we can say that at the time, Russell was already very cold.
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