HD Video: D’Angelo Russell updates recruitment at NBPA Top 100 Camp

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Louisville native and Monteverde Academy (FL) guard D’Angelo Russell is among the elite 2014 prospects participating in this week’s NBPA Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia.

Russell, who has 21 points, nine assists and six rebounds through two games at the camp, talked to Inside the Hall after his opening game of the camp about his recruitment and much more:

  • Watford

    Lets get this kid please!

  • Watford

    Lets get this kid please!

  • 323SGrant

    He is ranked very high, but apparently hadn’t heard from IU until last night. I wonder if that might make it difficult for IU to get him.

  • VerdellJonesIV

    I really want D’Angelo. I truly believe this kid is going to be an elite scorer at the next level.

  • Miamihoosier

    Have to believe there is a reason that this guy, and Jaqaun Lyle say they haven’t heard from IU “in a while”. Does Coach Crean strike you as someone who would fail to be in regular contact with a guy he really wanted? There are going to be highly talented players, who once the coaching staff gets to know them, just aren’t a good fit. It will be interesting to see if we see any further stories about IU contacting Russel.

  • sireric

    StanRob may be our last wing for 2013. Maybe Crean is narrowing his recruitment. I know alot of you are not sold on Anya, but he is a physical specimen and in my opinion what we need to bang in the paint. Crean will coach him up. We have ’14 and ’15 to get more wings and guards.

  • N71

    This is becoming increasingly complex. A couple years ago it seemed so simple, get Cody, get Yogi, and the others will come. That was particular to the local kids but now as we cast our net into a broader pool of talent there are many guys I only know through video (highlights only I might add). Ron Patterson I had seen as a Freshman at Broad Ripple, saw him out and about town or the Broad Ripple area with friends, knew people who knew him as more than just a basketball player. Now each new face I see as a target recruit I only know as a dunk highlight video or a #34 in the nation, or plays on so and so AAU team. Devin Davis and Collin Hartman are important as more than just good players, they are from our own backyard, they are a product of our local culture, same goes for Trevon and Jaquan. Trevon and Jaquan are also highly ranked and have years of experience playing with Trey and James. Not being aware of any real negatives with these guys they belong at IU. An Indiana native playing at IU is a 1+1=3 thing when it comes to an emotional tie with the Indiana fan base.

  • inLinE6

    Not necessarily my friend! Many folks like me aint born or raised in Indiana but still consider part of the Hoosiers nation. Please don’t leave us out. When IU’s glory tradition is gradually restored we have to look beyond from the local community. Not saying local products not important but we have to get talents from everywhere. People come to this family and then become part of this family. Can we get a little more open than this?

  • SCHoosier

    appreciate getting these reports..but can the mike be placed closer to the kid being interviewed?

  • http://twitter.com/erikholm Erik Holm

    I like that people want the best players from Indiana to play at IU. There is some great talent here & a lot of the top rated players got away from us the past few years (Teague, D. Thomas, Gary Harris). It’s more engaging to see the players develop through HS & college. This is unlike what uk did last year where they imported a bunch of ‘rent a players’ that their fan base hadn’t followed since the kids signed a LOI, maybe.

    However…taking a look at the last three NCAA champions rosters: kentucky, UCONN & Duke, their contributing players were almost ALL out of state. That’s what national powers do. As inLinE6 states, we are moving away from a regional (or state) power, back to a national power.

    Hopefully we’ll get a good mix moving forward.

    I think people struggle with this question: Would your rather have a couple unranked players (by the ‘experts’) from Indiana (Hartman & Davis) or a 4 & 5 star player from some random state? If you follow college hopes in IN (or a ITH moderator/media person, sorry guys), probably Hartman & Davis. If live out of state or don’t watch HS hoops, you’d probably take your chances with what ‘experts’ think is the better player. Personally, I’d love for an all Indiana starting 5 to do some serious damage. I’d also love for them to be announced in a final 4 game as all from Indiana. I can’t ignor what Duke, Kansas, UNC, UCONN, Kentucky have been doing the past 10 years with players from all over the country.

    However again, our current team contrasts this with a couple players from out of state, in Oladipo & Sheehey who were unranked by the ‘experts’ and are tearing it up! So, I don’t lean either way. I just find the interesting contrast of what posters post based on whether or not they watch Indiana HS hoops.

  • http://twitter.com/erikholm Erik Holm

    I like that people want the best players from Indiana to play at IU. There is some great talent here & a lot of the top rated players got away from us the past few years (Teague, D. Thomas, Gary Harris). It’s more engaging to see the players develop through HS & college. This is unlike what uk did last year where they imported a bunch of ‘rent a players’ that their fan base hadn’t followed since the kids signed a LOI, maybe.

    However…taking a look at the last three NCAA champions rosters: kentucky, UCONN & Duke, their contributing players were almost ALL out of state. That’s what national powers do. As inLinE6 states, we are moving away from a regional (or state) power, back to a national power.

    Hopefully we’ll get a good mix moving forward.

    I think people struggle with this question: Would your rather have a couple unranked players (by the ‘experts’) from Indiana (Hartman & Davis) or a 4 & 5 star player from some random state? If you follow college hopes in IN (or a ITH moderator/media person, sorry guys), probably Hartman & Davis. If live out of state or don’t watch HS hoops, you’d probably take your chances with what ‘experts’ think is the better player. Personally, I’d love for an all Indiana starting 5 to do some serious damage. I’d also love for them to be announced in a final 4 game as all from Indiana. I can’t ignor what Duke, Kansas, UNC, UCONN, Kentucky have been doing the past 10 years with players from all over the country.

    However again, our current team contrasts this with a couple players from out of state, in Oladipo & Sheehey who were unranked by the ‘experts’ and are tearing it up! So, I don’t lean either way. I just find the interesting contrast of what posters post based on whether or not they watch Indiana HS hoops.

  • DarkSouth

    I think finding the right fit as a player and a human being is more important than being local. Also, inLinE6 has a good point in an above comment.
    Guys like Moye, Oladipo, or DJ White are/were Hoosier enough for me.

  • DarkSouth

    I think finding the right fit as a player and a human being is more important than being local. Also, inLinE6 has a good point in an above comment.
    Guys like Moye, Oladipo, or DJ White are/were Hoosier enough for me.

  • marcusgresham

    While I pretty much agree with you, Kentucky, Kansas, and UConn don’t have a lot of in-state guys for a reason—-there aren’t any. Look at the recent Kentucky all-star team for example; Mr. Basketball has signed with Boston University. Duke also has an issue with that because they have to get guys who are both good enough and who meet the academic requirements.

  • HoosierDadE

    I didn’t think Russell would get past Louisville but here is hope after the midnight hour and D’Angelo contact from last night we are back on his radar…
    Really ineresting to see how a) the final piece for 2013 b) who else wants to join in 2014

  • N71

    I guess I just look at it a little differently. I always thought IU was an extension of sorts of the people who live in the state, its the big state school (along with Purdue) and says Indiana on the jersey. Having grown up here and lived both in a rural community and the city (Indianapolis) basketball meant everything. It was/is the sport the best, biggest, strongest, fastest athletes went into, the basketball players in Indiana were the cream of the crop…that is historically, football has come a long, long way due to the Colts. IU is also more than just a sports organization, its where I lived, was educated, met my wife, and watched a national champion ship be won. Winning a championship with mostly Indiana kids was proof that we were the best, that is, Indiana as a state and and having the best basketball culture. IU should (as should Purdue) be a showcase for our state culture and love of basketball. They say at the beginning of the Pacers games, “in 49 states its just a game, but this is Indiana”. That’s so true. We come to love the guys like Isiah or Victor that come to us from out of state so I’m certainly not anti-out-of-state, more pro Indiana raised though because IU is a school first and sports program second. That sure seems to be the sentiment in the wake of the UK/IU series debate.

  • IUJeff

    I like the mix CTC seems to be working towards. Half of the roster being kids from Indiana.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I’ll say this, I like what Crean is doing now. He offers the elite players in the state (Coleman, Edwards, Gordon, Lyle, Lyles, Blackmon, etc.) and then he moves out of state. This ensures we won’t watch an in state guy kill us at another school as Thomas or Teague has.

  • marcusgresham

    According to Jody Demling in today’s Louisville “Courier-Journal” a couple of the Louisville signees are leaning heavily on JaQuan Lyle and D’Angelo Russell at the NBA Players Association camp, kind of like Etherington did with Zeller.

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