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Ohio State's Russell Declares for 2015 NBA Draft

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State freshman D’Angelo Russell has elected to declare for the 2015 National Basketball Association Draft. Russell made the announcement Thursday at Value City Arena.

Russell was a consensus All-American in 2015, making the first team on the Sporting News, United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Associated Press All-America squads. He was named 2015 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, first team All-Big Ten, a member of the Big Ten All-Freshman team and honored with the Jerry West Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate shooting guard. He also was a 2015 Ohio State Scholar Athlete.

Russell set an Ohio State freshman record in leading the Buckeyes in scoring with 675 points, leading the Buckeyes and all freshmen nationally with 19.3 points per game. The Louisville, Ky., native led the team in scoring in 24 games this season and his 32-consecutive double figure scoring games marked the most by an Ohio State freshman since Jared Sullinger had a streak of 17 games in 2010-11.

Russell, a two-time Big Ten Player of the Week and seven-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week, tallied a team-high 5.7 rebounds per contest and ranked second on the team with 5.0 assists per game. He posted the fourth triple-double in program history, the first by a freshman and first against a Big Ten opponent with 23 points, 11 boards and a career-high 11 assists at Rutgers Feb. 8.

The Buckeyes concluded the 2014-15 campaign with a 24-11 record and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

The 2015 NBA Draft will be held, starting at 7 p.m. June 25, at the Barclays Center in New York. It will be televised by ESPN.

Since 1947, 50 Ohio State basketball players have competed for roster spots on National Basketball Association teams as league draft selections, including 23 first round draft picks. Greg Oden, Mike Conley Jr. and Daequan Cook were all taken in the first round during the 2007 NBA Draft with Oden going No. 1 (Portland), Conley No. 4 (Memphis) and Cook No. 21 (Philadelphia). All had just completed their freshman season at Ohio State. Jared Sullinger is the most recent Buckeye selected in the draft’s first round. He went to the Boston Celtics with the 21st pick in 2012. Evan Turner (2010, Philadelphia), B.J. Mullens (2009, Dallas then traded to Oklahoma City) and Kosta Koufos (2008, Utah) also are recent opening round Ohio State selections. Turner was the No. 2 overall pick in 2010.
Ohio State's Russell Declares for 2015 NBA Draft

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INDIANS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO (AP) -- Danny Salazar tossed six scoreless innings and was backed by first-inning home runs from Nick Swisher and Mike Aviles, leading the Cleveland Indians past the Chicago White Sox 5-2 on Thursday night.

Salazar was coming off his worst start of the season in which he allowed five earned runs in 4 2/3 innings against Texas on May 16. He recovered to help the Indians take three of four from Chicago while winning their third straight for the first time this season.

Salazar (5-1) walked three, but struck out eight while giving up five hits to hand Chicago its first series loss at home.

John Danks (2-4) allowed five runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Chicago's Jose Abreu went 1 for 4 and extended his hitting streak to 16 games. Tyler Flowers hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth off Bryan Shaw to avoid the shutout.

MANFRED-ROSE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Pete Rose's role at the All-Star game in Cincinnati will be determined by Major League Baseball and the Reds after they determine what other obligations the banned career hits leader has.

Rose began work as a studio analyst for Fox this month. The network will broadcast the game, which is being played in Rose's hometown on July 14.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday that MLB is talking to the Reds about Rose's involvement.

Rose agreed to a lifetime ban in 1989 after an MLB investigation concluded he bet on Reds' games while managing the team. He has applied for reinstatement, but Manfred has not given a timetable for a decision.

HAWKS-CARROLL INJURY

ATLANTA (AP) -- DeMarre Carroll's agent says an MRI on Carroll's left knee showed no structural damage, and Carroll is hoping to play for the Hawks by Friday night's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Mark Bartelstein told The Associated Press on Thursday that Carroll has only a knee sprain and "maybe a little" bone bruise.

Carroll celebrated the news on his Twitter feed.

Bartelstein says Carroll will receive treatment for the soreness Thursday and Friday in hopes of playing against Cleveland in Game 2.

Carroll's knee appeared to buckle as he was driving to the basket with about 5 minutes left in the 97-89 loss to the Cavaliers. Carroll couldn't put pressure on the leg as he was helped off the floor.

B10-OHIO ST-INDIANA

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Scott Donley's three-RBI double broke a tie in the eighth inning and sixth-seeded Indiana beat Ohio State 5-3 Thursday in an elimination game of the Big Ten tournament.

Kyle Hart pitched six scoreless innings for the defending Big Ten champion Hoosiers (33-21). Hart allowed six hits and no runs or walks. Indiana will play the loser of the Michigan vs. Iowa game on Friday.

The Buckeyes (35-20) didn't get on the board until Nick Sergakis' RBI groundout scored Ronnie Dawson in the seventh inning. Craig Nenning followed with an RBI single to tie it 2-2.

Brad Hartong gave Indiana a 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the fourth inning.

Seventh-seeded Ohio State has lost five-straight games after losing to Iowa in their tournament opener on Thursday.

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