Splitting time between the Louisville Magic and All-Ohio Red, Russell, a 6-foot-3 combo guard, has built a reputation not only locally, but nationally after a handful of big performances.
Russell, a 2014 prospect out of Louisville (Ky.) Central, said his game starts with his ability to knock down jump shots.
"I shoot good," Russell told Scout.com. "People say hog him up and that's when I put the ball on the floor. I can put the ball on the floor if I have to."
Russell can play both guard spots and he did just that this past weekend at the Kentucky State AAU's, leading the Louisville Magic to the 15's crown and taking home the MVP award.
A solid overall athlete, Russell has exception vision, a strong basketball IQ and is an impressive passer. The southpaw also possesses a very quick release and deep range on his jump shot.
In a class loaded with talented sophomores across the state, Russell may just be the best prospect. In fact, he may be the best prospect the city of Louisville has seen since Rajon Rondo.
Ironically enough, Russell is coached by Doug Bibby, who coached Rondo at Louisville (Ky.) Eastern.
"It's good," he said of his recruitment. "It's like a tease right now, until the big times come in which hopefully will be next year or the year after."
Purdue and Xavier were the only two schools that came in to see him during the high school season.