Despite the talk about Russell as a Top 5 NBA draft pick and speculation that he could become the program’s 10th consensus All-American, the freshman said he hasn’t struggled to stay focused.
With seven games left in the regular season, it is no time for Russell to talk about his plans after this season, but Matta was willing to share his thoughts on the current structure of college basketball which allows players to enter the NBA draft after just one season of NCAA basketball.
While Russell was the main attraction, he wasn’t the only topic of conversation Tuesday. Matta spoke about the importance of players like Keita Bates-Diop (14 points and nine rebounds against Rutgers) stepping up for the Buckeyes going forward, especially without suspended sophomore Marc Loving. Loving will not play against the Nittany Lions and Matta said he may be back for Saturday’s game at Michigan State.