Mercedes Russell

Mercedes Russell

Rank: 2

Class: 2013
Position: Center
Height: 6-5
Hometown: Springfield, OR
High School: Springfield
Club Team: Team Concept
Status: Signed
School: Tennessee
Schools Considered: Louisville, Kentucky, Notre Dame, North Carolina

USA Basketball U17 Trials

Russell is not the next Brittney Griner, but she’s a mobile 6-5 post who doesn’t mind contact. She’s still a little stiff at times, but also looks like she’ll add upper body strength. One reason the women’s game is moving away from post play is because there aren’t that many players like Russell – and her rarity makes her even more valuable.  - Clay Kallam

USA Basketball U17 Training Camp

At 6-5 Russell is much more fluid and agile than one would expect.  She has the ability to face up and knock down the short jumper as well as post up on the low block.  She is a good rebounder and knows how to find the open player and doesn't force bad shots when she's being well defended, but opts to kick it out.  - Kelly Kline

USA Basketball

In 2012 won gold as a member of the USA Women’s U17 World Championship Team.  Was a member of the 2011 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team where she set USA U16 single-game records of 15 rebounds and five blocked shots.


Named a 2013 WBCA High School All-American

Named a 2013 McDonald's All-American

2013 McDonald's All-American Game nominee

Has won back to back 5A Oregon state championships in 2011 & 20012 and both years was named the Oregon Coaches Class 5A player of the Year.  In 2011-12 as a junior averaged, Russell averaged 26 points, 15 rebounds, 6 blocks and 5 assists a game.  During her sophomore season she averaged 24.5 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks per game.

(head shot provided by Steven Maikoski/USA Basketball; action photo by Kelly Kline)

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