Russell, a 6-foot-4 guard ranked No. 11 in the class of 2014 by Scout.com? , played at Central High School in Louisville before transferring to Montverde Academy in Florida, where he was teammates with Kentucky signee Dakari Johnson. Montverde won the National High School Invitational — the equivalent of a national high school title — in April.
Other schools that showed substantial interest in Russell included Louisville, Georgetown, Indiana, Michigan State, Missouri and Memphis. U of L Coach Rick Pitino and Georgetown Coach John Thompson III stopped by his Florida high school just before the end of the most recent live recruiting period.
Ohio State Coach Thad Matta also paid Russell a visit during that time.
“(Matta) just wants me to be a playmaker coming in,” Russell told the Herald-Leader in April. “He told me that if I went there I would have to be good to produce right away.”
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Jonathan Laurent, 6’-5”, 2015, SF, Freedom (FL)/Each 1 Teach 1 – A slasher and explosive athlete, Laurent is deadly in transition as he uses his length and athleticism to finish above the rim. There’s no secret about his game offensively, but stopping it is another order of business. Laurente used his more than adequate handle to get to the rim and either draw fouls or finish in impressive fashion. A superb athlete, Laurent was a strong second scoring option to Blakeney.
Antonio Blakeney, 6’-3”, 2015, SG, Cardinal Mooney (FL)/Each 1 Teach 1 – The heart and soul of a great Each 1 Teach 1 team, Blakeney is an alpha scoring guard that can do it all. He is an attacker when needed, but also ran the show for limited periods of time. Blakeney has terrific bounce and explosiveness in traffic, and finishes with a flush when he’s near the hoop. He’s an energizer bunny in terms of his motor, and he showed little signs of slowing in two yeoman performances in near back-to-back games. Like the aforementioned Howard, Blakeney wanted his team on his back when it mattered the most, and hit an (almost) game winning shot in the controversial semifinal loss to Team Takeover.
Greyson Allen, 6?-4?, 2014, SG, Providence (FL)/Each 1 Teach 1 – The most effective of the numerous EYBL roster changes this weekend, Allen has shown himself to be a torrid outside shooter for his new team. Those that focus on his terrific outside shooting (and it was just that, outstanding) perhaps could be missing his savvy and overall feel for the game. He’s also a great passer with tremendous vision, and does so many little things that benefit his team. The recent Duke Blue Devils commit showed none of the expected signs of adapting to new teammates, and fit in with his unselfish and team-oriented style.
Boubaca Moungoro, 6?-6?, 2014, SF, IMG Academy (FL)/Each 1 Teach 1 – A tremendous athlete, Moungoro has really refined his skill set going into his senior season. He has exceptional bounce and athleticism, and has improved his shooting to where he has a capable mid-range game. Unofficially, Moungoro caused the most “Who is that?” and looks down at the roster book of any player in the event. He has a great combination of explosiveness, agility and finishes near the cup.