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Men's Basketball
Per OSU, Freshman Guard D'Angelo Russell Is Now Enrolled and Eligible
By Tony Gerdeman

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A week ago the Columbus Dispatch reported that freshman shooting guard D'Angelo Russell was not yet enrolled as he awaited a test score and clearance from the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Per a tweet from Ohio State Basketball's Twitter account on Tuesday, however, Russell and the rest of the four-man 2014 recruiting class were now all enrolled and on campus.

The positive news of Russell's eligibility is huge for the Buckeyes as he will certainly challenge for a starting job, and is the favorite to win the spot at shooting guard.

Russell (6-5 174) comes to OSU as a McDonald's All-American and five-star prospect. He is a lefty who can shoot from deep and put the ball on the floor with ease.

With Russell now in the fold, head coach Thad Matta can breathe a sigh of relief because without him the Buckeyes would have had only two true guards on scholarship. As it stands, three is not ideal, as the leaving of Amedeo Della Valle has thinned an already inexperienced backcourt.

Currently, the Buckeyes will be able to trot out senior point guard Shannon Scott, redshirt freshman combo guard Kam Williams, and Russell.

Joining Russell in the recruiting class are small forwards Keita Bates-Diop and Jae'Sean Tate, as well as post players David Bell, Anthony Lee and Trevor Thompson. Lee is a Temple graduate transfer and will be eligible to play immediately. Thompson is a Virginia Tech transfer and will have to sit out the 2014-2015 season.

Despite having just three true guards on the roster, the Buckeyes will also be able to get minutes from swingman Sam Thompson in the backcourt if necessary, though he is obviously best on the wings.

Overall, it promises to be a very different Buckeye basketball team, as they play their first season without point guard Aaron Craft since 2009-2010.

The lineup will be bolstered by one of the best recruiting classes in the nation, and with Russell finally gaining eligibility, he will be right in the thick of everything.

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