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Another rising freshman phenom made a college commitment this week.

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D.J. Russell, Arlington Country Day

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."