"I received an offer from USC," Russell said. "One day they called me and said they heard good things about me and wanted to come and see me play. They came to a practice, came to a game, came to another practice and then they offered me."
USC has had some success in the state of Arizona under head coach Kevin O'Neill, already holding a 2012 commitment from Phoenix Arcadia wing Larry Lewis. Current forward Aaron Fuller is also from the Phoenix area.
"I was very excited," Russell said. "That's a place I definitely would want to go if everything goes right. I'm very excited about it."
Russell has begun to learn about the USC basketball program.
"When the time is right for me and my family, that's when I'll make a decision," he said.
For now, Russell is concentrating on his senior season and working on his game.
"I like to make my teammates better," Russell said. "I'm trying to work on a floater, my in-between game and making my teammates better."