Byrd was at Michigan State last weekend, will visit Ohio State the end of September, Michigan the 1st weekend of October, and Kentucky the next weekend for Big Blue Madness. "We'll be there the day before(Thursday) and plan on going to Keeneland to watch some horse races. We'll hang out Friday and attend Big Blue Madness that night. I think we're going to their football game on Saturday too."
Byrd's father said that they talk the most with Coach Cox, but they also talk with Coach Gillispie pretty frequently. "They call and email us. They call us the 1 time a month and we call them too. I'd say we have contact about twice a week." Obviously Coach Gillispie has given his recruiting pitch and according to Mr. Byrd, Coach Gillispie could see some big time contributions from Russell right away. "He said he sees him playing on the wing. He says he could see him breaking the SEC Freshman 3-pt shooting record. Coach Gillispie, Izzo, and Beilein all say he's a great shooter and has a high basketball IQ. He can cause some mismatches."
Russell's father agrees that his son is a wing player as well. "He's 6'7", 190 lbs, and just has great speed and quickness. He plays two guard and handles the ball fine. He can post smaller guys up or he can get by bigger slower guys too."
Russell is a four star SG from Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is currently ranked as the 69th best prospect in the 2010 class.