Rhode Island head basketball coach Danny Hurley added a nice piece to the puzzle when on Tuesday class of 2017 three-star point guard Daron “Fatts” Russell offered up verbal pledge to play for the Rams.
He made his announcement in front of a gathered crowd at his high school.
2017 point guard Daron "Fatts" Russell just committed to Rhode Island. Was one of the Rams' biggest priorities in 2017. Big pickup.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) September 20, 2016
According to Jeff Borzello of ESPN, Russell was one of Hurley’s main targets. Russell is the first player to pledge to play for Hurley’s 2017 class. According to VerbalCommits.com, Hurley has one additional scholarship to offer in the 2017 class.
Russell, a 5’10”, 150-pound lead guard from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Imhotep Institute) is rated as a three-star recruit according to 247Sports. The site ranks him as the No. 205 overall prospect in the 2017 class and the 44th-best point guard in the country. 247Sports also regards Russell as the seventh-best basketball player in the state of Pennsylvania.
More on his game from Bill Koch of the Providence Journal:
Russell was one of the breakout stars on Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball circuit this summer, earning All-Peach Jam honors in July while running with a loaded Team Final roster. He averaged 21.4 points on 55.6 percent shooting from 3-point range and led his club with 4.0 assists and 2.2 steals per game, doing the bulk of his damage in front of the watchful eyes of URI head coach Dan Hurley and assistant David Cox. Team Final closed 3-2 in pool play thanks to Russell and other big names like five-star 2018 forward Cameron Reddish;;, top-100 2017 shooting guard Lonnie Walker and four-star 2017 center Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, an early pledge to defending national champion Villanova.
Russell chose Rhode Island over heavy interest from Saint Joseph’s, La Salle, Grand Canyon and SMU. Russell also had offers from Western Kentucky, Seton Hall, Binghamton, DePaul, East Carolina, Temple and VCU.