Bill Russell Visits North High School

By Ben York,
Posted: Dec. 20, 2012

Hall of Famers Bill Russell and Ann Meyers Drysdale spoke to students at North High School (the Mercury's Adopt-A-Team) recently about the importance of working hard and getting your education. As if that wasn't enough of a treat, the students were also fortunate enough to participate in a clinic taught by Alexis Hornbuckle and former Mercury player, Adrian Williams-Strong.

On the front of North High School's practice jerseys reads, "Hard Work." Fitting, because "hard work" was a perfect description of the clinic Buck put them through.

They started with a lengthy stretch/warm-up, then transitioned into full-court passing drills and the dreaded defensive slides. You could tell that Buck's goal was to help make them better players than they were when they entered the gym; that's how Hornbuckle approaches the game every day, and something she wanted to instill in each player.

Hornbuckle is no stranger to high school teams; she has helped coach and train multiple squads over the years. So while the freshmen, junior varsity and varsity teams all worked extremely hard, Buck also made sure they had fun.