"It's a great place. Why wouldn't I want to be there?" Russell said Wednesday.
Russell, 19, had canceled a recent workout with the 76ers, fueling speculation that he did not want to be there.
But Russell said he missed the workout because he was sick, and he ultimately worked out for the team a week ago.
Russell, a 6-foot-5 guard, averaged 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game for Ohio State as a freshman last season.
The 76ers are currently in rebuilding mode and were dealt a blow recently when center Joel Embiid suffered a setback in his recovery from the broken foot injury that caused him to miss all of last season.