Another rising freshman phenom made a college commitment this week.
In fact, Dwayne "D.J." Russell
, who has not yet started his first day of high school at Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville, Fla.)
, is believed to be the first basketball player in the Class of 2017 nationally to name a college. After two months of debating such an early choice, he picked the University of Miami, according to Justin Barney of the Florida Times-Union
The muscular 6-foot-5, 208-pounder can bang inside or shoot from 3-point land. He was spotted while the Miami staff was scouting an older teammate.
He told the newspaper. "I like coach (Jim Larranaga) and I like how they run their offense and it fit me real well. I can just play my game right now and don't have to worry about the recruitment."
It's a new experience for Country Day coach Rex Morgan, too.
The 18-year coaching veteran, said, "He's got a man's body right now. He's an ACC player, no question. There's just a lot of time. It's four years (away). I've never had a freshman commit. I don't think I've ever had a sophomore commit."