Twitter can be such a wonderful thing sometimes. Unless your name is D’Angelo Russell this weekend, who had to be reminded by a few Wisconsin Badgers that there is someone out there that can guard him.
Friday afternoon, The Sports Quotient sent out a tweet with a picture of Russell and quote he said as to why he wore the number zero in his one year at the Ohio State University.
Don’t get me wrong, Russell is a damn good basketball player who will most likely be a top five NBA Lottery pick and will get his pay-day. The freshman from Louisville averaged 19.3 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per game and five assists per game.
But there is one guy that guarded Russell and kept him in check this season. And he goes by the nickname of “Captain America.”
In the final game of the regular season, the Badgers traveled to Columbus as the No. 6 team in the country and were looking to steal a win against the Buckeyes to help their case for a one seed in the NCAA Tournament. The game was never in doubt from the word go as the Badgers dominated the Buckeyes from the tip in a 72-48 rout.
Russell scored 17 points, but they were not easy and he did not play that great in his final game at Columbus. He shot just 7-18 from the field, only 1-7 from beyond the three-point line and had five turnovers all while Josh Gasser kept him in check and disrupted nearly everything he did.
Some Badger players and even some that cover the team were quick to remind Russell there is someone out there who was able to hold him in check.
As for being the best player in the draft? That’s debatable. I would put Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor, in that order, ahead of Russell. Some could even make the case that Emmanuel Mudiay is slightly ahead of Russell. That still leaves him as a very solid top five pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.
I think Russell will have a good NBA career and a very bright future ahead of him. Just along as he remembers there was at least one guy that could guard him: Captain America himself, Josh Gasser.
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