Making the Case for being the No. 1 pick: D'Angelo Russell

Note: This is the second piece in a series of features making a case for each top prospect as the No. 1 pick. On Tuesday I made the case for Karl-Anthony Towns. Today, we discuss Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell.

Thousand Oaks, Calif.- Underrated.

D'Angelo Russell knows the word all too well. He owns it proudly when I ask him the inevitable question players like Russell get asked this time of year.

He was asked by a pool of reporters at the NBA draft combine: "Are you the best player in this draft?"

Russell offered a bold "Yes."