On July 9th, top prospect DJ Russell decided on his school of choice. That school will be the Miami Hurricanes, a great acquisition for the program. The only hang up is that they might have to wait a while before Russell arrives on campus because he is part of the class of 2017.
That’s right, according to Rivals.com, Russell has committed to a school before playing even a minute of high school basketball. This happens very rarely when it comes to recruiting, but it does happen. The most recent example being James Blackmon, class of 2014, who committed to Indiana before starting high school.
Often recruits who commit this early change their mind as they get older and see that there are other options out there. It remains to be seen whether or not this will happen to Russell but one has to think some doubt will enter his mind at some point or another.
Regardless, as a 14 year old, the 6″6 small forward shows a lot of skill already. He is a good scorer who can shoot the ball and use his quickness to get to the rim. Russell is raw, as would be expected for a 14 year old, but he shows the instincts and talent to be a top flight talent once he gets to the NCAA… in four years.
“Their style fits me and I like how they let their wings and guards do what they do,” Russell said. “I’m not worried about it being early. It’s all about hard work on my end now.”
If he does decide to remain at Miami, the Hurricanes have gotten themselves a head start on getting the number one recruiting class in 2017. Your move Kentucky.