After weeks of uncertainty and speculation, Ohio State Buckeyes freshman guard D’Angelo Russell has been ruled eligible by the NCAA as has enrolled in summer classes in Columbus, according to the Post-Dispatch.
The Ohio State basketball twitter account, technically, broke the news when they tweeted out the following:
— OSU BASKETBALL (@OhioStateHoops) June 24, 2014
Of course, this is great news as Russell is, by far, the one incoming freshman that most are looking for big things with in the near future.
To double-check, the Post-Dispatch called the Ohio State office to make sure that Russell was indeed on the list, especially given how shaky the situation has been lately, and they did confirm the news.
When asked if Russell was academically eligible to play as a freshman, an athletic department spokesman said in a text message to The Dispatch that “all incoming freshmen are set to compete in 2014-15.” That includes two games the Buckeyes will play during a trip to the Bahamas in August.
Russell was a McDonald’s All-American last season and a lot of people expect him to come in and see some starting minutes for head coach Thad Matta and the Buckeyes immediately.
Now that the academic hold is out of the way, we’ll get a chance to see if he can make that come to fruition.