The Kentucky Elite Camp was a major tool in getting prospects on the UK campus. One of those players who visited Lexington for the camp was Byrd. "(Kentucky) invited him to the Elite Camp in Lexington and he had a really grea three days. They invited him to come down a little early and practice and play pickup with the team," said Kelly Byrd, Russell's father. "We had a chance to talk with coach a couple days after the camp and that's when they offered," said Byrd.
Byrd has attracted a lot of attention this AAU season. He came into the spring with a handful of offers. By the end of May, he was receiving attention from all over. "He's played exceptionally well. July has been great. He had a good week in Philadelphia at the Reebok All-American camp. He also played well at the Peach State Summer Showcase. He got a chance to see coach Gillispie at both," said Byrd.
Aside from Kentucky, the Fort Wayne Indiana native has offers from Indiana, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Iowa, Michigan, Baylor, Wake Forest and Louisville. He's also taken campus visits to all of those programs except Baylor, Wake Forest and Louisville.
What is is about Byrd that got the attention of so many quality schools?
"He's a 6-foot-7, 190 pound shooting guard. He's got a phenominal shot and exceptional quickness and ball-handling ability for his size," said Byrd. "He sees the floor really well. He's long enough to where he can post up smaller guards," Byrd said. "Coaches would say he's got to continue to work on his shot fake; his ability to get guys up in the air and moving into the midrange area," said the elder Byrd.
At this time, there is no decision expected in the near future. "He's just taking it all in. By the time he gets through July and heads into his school year, I'd be surprised if he didn't get it down to three or four schools."
Byrd plans to play in the Orlando Super Showcase with Blessed IJN and in the AAU Nationals. At the end of the summer AAU season he wants to make another trip to Kentucky and also visit Louisville. Byrd has a few fall plans in mind as well.
"We'll be there for Midnight Madness," said Byrd.
Byrd is a four-star prospect according to Scout.com and is the number 12 shooting guard in the nation.