College: Ohio State
Key stats: 19.3 PPG, 45 FG%, 5.6 RPG, 5.1 APG, 0.3 BPG, 1.6 SPG
Draft projection: Top 5 pick
D’Angelo Russell is a player whose draft stock could have peaked this March. Jahlil Okafor, Karl Anthony-Towns, and Emmanuel Mudiay have asserted themselves as the Top 3 picks in the 2015 Draft. Just a month ago, however, there was a serious discussion amongst people who discuss the NBA Draft around Valentine’s Day on whether or not Russell could be the first guard off the board, and perhaps (gasp!) the No. 1 overall pick. (OMG!)
You draft nerds jinxed Russell! Right after his name got white hot in NBA circles, the alleged best shooter in country got stuck in a slump. He was shooting 34 percent since February, and Ohio State got knocked out of the NCAA Tournament this weekend. But at his best, Russell's aggression looks effortless. He’s the premiere slash-and-kick guard in the nation, and as smooth an athlete as they come.