Russell was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to Antonio Russell and Keisha Rowe. He has four siblings: Antonio Russell, Lashaun Gilliam, Tayshaun Brown and Cloee Russell. He attended Central High School in Louisville, Kentucky, as a freshman before transferring to Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida. Russell helped Monteverde to a 27-2 record as a junior before going 28-0 as a senior, leading the team to the National High School Invitational championship both years. He later played in the McDonald's All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic. As a member of the Lakers, Russell was heavily involved in the community, participating in the Kaiser Permanente Fit For Life Health Clinic, the Salvation Army Turkey Giveaway and the Challengers Boys & Girls Club court renovation. He also helped the Lakers Youth Foundation put on Camp Lakers during the offseason. Learn more about Russell by following him on Twitter (@DLoading) and on Instagram (@dloading).