Russell, who led the Buckeyes with 19.3 point per game and 5.7 rebounds, was joined at the press conference by his father Antonio Russell and Ohio State head coach Thad Matta. Though he is losing a player who Matta described as one of the best to ever be a Buckeye, the coach said it was a good day for the program.
Russell opened things up by thanking everyone who helped him come to a decision and who supported him throughout his only season on campus.
Russell has not yet picked an agent, he said. The deadline to declare for the draft comes this Sunday and Russell said that he waited so long to make the decision because it was a genuinely hard one to make.
The guard has plenty of role models in terms of one-and-done players in Ohio State history as he is the sixth player to declare for the draft after his freshman season under Thad Matta joining Daequan Cook (21st pick in 2007 draft), Michael Conley (fourth, 2007), Greg Oden (first, 2007), B.J. Mullins (24th, 2009) and Kosta Koufus (23rd, 2008). He said he has not talked to those players much about the next phase of his life, but he plans to.