Fatts Russell announced he’s coming back via his Instagram page, Michael Jordan style. The URI guard will be returning to Kingston, RI for his senior year.
The Philadelphia native withdrew his name from the 2020 NBA draft after declaring without an agent on March 27. Russell has All-American potential and he will undoubtedly be the focal point of an inexperienced Rams team in 2020-21.
This off-season has been filled with ample roster turnover for URI head coach David Cox. The Rams will have six newcomers next season, with two scholarships still remaining. Russell joins Jermaine Harris and Antwan Walker as the only returning players from the active roster in 2019-20. Jeremy Sheppard and D.J. Johnson sat out this past season due to transfer rules and will be eligible this upcoming season.
Russell aims further cement himself in the history books, Russell currently ranks 36th all-time in scoring and sixth all-time in steals. He recorded the second-highest single-season mark for steals with 86 this year. Just two shy of tying Tom Garrick’s 88 during the 1987-88 season, a record he likely would’ve broken had the postseason not been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a junior, he was named to the Atlantic-10s First-Team and All-Defensive Team after averaging a team-high 18.8 PPG and 2.87 steals per contest. Russell burst onto the national scene this season as one of the most improved players in college basketball, he was named to the midseason Naismith Award watch list.
Barring any schedule changes, Russell’s “Last Dance” is slated to begin this coming November.