The Los Angeles Lakers basketball operations department took D'Angelo Russell out for dinner Sunday night before a Monday workout that will help the team determine whether or not to select the freshman out of Ohio State with the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft. Russell is the second point guard prospect to dine on the Lakers' dime this weekend, after the front office took Emmanuel Mudiay out on Friday night before his Saturday morning workout.
As the front office does it's homework on up to eight prospects in preparation for the draft on June 25th, Russell is the point guard most expect to have a realistic chance to be taken by the team second overall. The team is still ultimately expected to take either Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns, but Mitch Kupchak and company are still doing their due diligence before making their final decision.
The 6'5, 193 pound Russell averaged 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 5 assists per game while shooting 41.1% on three-pointers in his lone season at Ohio State. The Buckeyes made it to the NCAA Tournament's round of 32, but fell to Arizona 73-58.
Russell will take part in an individual workout in front of the Lakers basketball operations department Monday afternoon, with the team reportedly also holding a workout of players in play for their 27th and 34th overall picks Monday morning.