It was a big day for the Robert Morris basketball program as they signed a huge talent.
Miami Dade College forward DJ Russell (6’7”, 225) officially signed on with Andy Toole and the Colonials.
Russell is one of the most talented players that Toole has been able to bring into the program. He’s currently ranked as one of the Top 50 JUCO players in the country.
As an example of his talent, by the time he was in 8th grade, Russell gave a verbal commitment to play for Miami, Fla. However, a problem with his transcripts didn’t allow him to attend Miami and Russell went to Miami Dade instead to work on his academics.
Back in January, Russell decided to end his recruitment and verbal to Toole and Robert Morris.
Tonight, PSN talked with Russell and asked what initially got him interested in Robert Morris.
“I had to go on a visit to check it out for myself and when I did, I felt right at home even though I’m so far away from home. I really liked how everybody was a family,” said Russell.
“Coach Toole is a great person, he is very passionate about the game and he really cares about his players. They were my first offer I got but I didn’t commit right away. However, he continued recruiting me since May of last year and also I feel like he understands me and knows what I can do as a player.”
Robert Morris is losing talent to graduation and also Koby Thomas decided to transfer from the program which means a lot will be expected from Russell.
“He is expecting me to get a double-double every night and if I don’t do that something is wrong,” said Russell. “He also just wants me to bring a lot of energy to the team and also go hard every possession on both ends of the floor.”
Russell will have two years of eligibility and can’t wait to get started.
“I’m very excited can’t wait to get out there and help my team win. The new arena is going to be great to play in, see y’all November 12th.”