On Thursday, D’Angelo Russell became the first player ever to get his jersey retired from Montverde Academy.
Russell wasn’t heavily recruited coming out of high school, but his success at Montverde earned him an offer from Ohio State University. From there, Russell never looked back.
During his two years at Montverde, Russell played with Ben Simmons, the 2016 number overall pick. The two led their team to a second-straight National championship in 2014.
Russell also played with 76ers center Joel Embiid who may be the winner of the 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year award. Embiid was another top draft pick, chosen with the 76ers’ third overall pick in 2014.
Last season for the Lakers, Russell averaged 15.6 points and 4.8 assists per game, both career highs. There is no doubt that Russell has a tremendous future ahead. It should be a great accomplishment for Russell to get his high school jersey retired at such a young age. Congratulations, D’Angelo!