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Friday, June 7, 2013
D'Angelo Russell commits to Ohio St.

By Paul Biancardi
ESPN RecruitingNation

D'Angelo Russell, No. 24 in the ESPN 60, committed to Ohio State on Friday night.

"I have been going through the recruiting process for a long time but never cut my list down. I know Ohio State is where I want to be, so I made my decision," he said.

"I evaluated their situation and felt it was best for me."

Russell, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound shooting guard from Louisville, Ky., who attends Montverde Academy in Florida, chose the Buckeyes over Louisville, Michigan State and North Carolina.

The Buckeyes now have four commits for the Class of 2014, including three from the ESPN 60. Russell joins shooting guard Jae'Sean Tate and power forward Keita Bates-Diop. Ohio State also has a commit from three-star power forward David Bell.

"I decided to go to Ohio State because of the environment of the program, the coaching staff and the players I will be playing with such as Keita Bates-Diop," Russell said.

The Ohio State staff now can turn its attention to landing a much-needed big man, and the focus will be on the No. 1 player in the ESPN 60, Jahlil Okafor, a 6-10, 265-pound center out of Chicago Whitney Young High School. Russell plans on helping the Buckeyes get Okafor.

"I feel I can help the coaches landing a big man. I understand them and know how to play with them," he said. "I had success with [Kentucky signee] Dakari Johnson."