D’Angelo Russell has been called by many national recruiting analysts as the best player to come out of the city of Louisville since Rajon Rondo. Russell is a native of Louisville and played his freshman season at Central High School, before transferring to Montverde Academy in Montverde Fla.
Many have wondered why Russell hasn’t been one of the top targets for Louisville in the 2014 class, considering the hometown connection. That may soon change as Rick Pitino and staff have recently started to show interest in Russell.
Rick Pitino has been pretty open about not wanting to go after many guard prospects in the 2014 class because the Cards are pretty loaded at that position. Louisville already has one commitment in the 2014 class from 4-star point guard Quintin Snider. Evansville native Jaquan Lyle was the only other guard in the 2014 class that Louisville was actively recruiting as of last month. At this time, Louisville isn’t actively recruiting D’Angelo Russell, but that may soon change.
Louisville assistant Kevin Keatts was in contact with Russell last Monday and according to Russell’s Twitter account, that conversation went well. Rick Pitino flew to Florida following Louisville’s game on Saturday night to watch Russell in action.
At this point, it looks as if the Louisville staff is evaluation Russell to determine if they’ll start actively recruiting him once again. His junior season at Montverde Academy hasn’t gotten off to a great start, but he is still considered to be one of the top guards in the country. Scout.com ranks him as the top shooting guard in the 2014 class. Indiana, Cincinnati, Ohio State and Xavier appear to be the top schools involved that have offered a scholarship. A lot of folks seem to be under the impression that Russell is waiting on an offer from Kentucky.
Russell has previously played with the Louisville Magic AAU club, coached by former Louisville forward Ellis Myles. Russell played alongside Quintin Snider, giving the Magic the best backcourt on the AAU circuit.
It’s still a long shot in regards to adding Russell to Louisville’s 2014 class, but if it were to happen, Louisville would without question sign the best backcourt in the country.