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April 12, 2018
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Mercedes Russell

College/Country: Tennessee
Position: Center
Height: 6'6
Birthdate: July 25, 1995
Birthplace: Springfield, Oregon
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With Russell’s high basketball IQ, Lady Vols’ coach Holly Warlick calls the 6-foot-6 forward “a point guard trapped in a post player’s body.” Fifth-year senior overcame surgery on both feet that caused her to miss 2014-15 season and finished career as sixth Lady Vol to record 1,500 pts., 1,000 rebs. No. 2 in UT history for career double-doubles (behind only C. Holdsclaw); No. 3 in rebs. behind G. Johnson (No. 2), Holdsclaw (No. 1). Part of UT’s Oregon connection with fellow prospect Mercedes Russell … 2017-18: One of five finalists for Lisa Leslie Award as nation’s top center; All-SEC First Team (Coaches), Second Team (AP). Set record for most double-doubles in season by a UT senior. Lady Vols’ leader in rebs., FG%, blocks; No. 2 in pts. …  2016-17: AP and WBCA Honorable Mention All-American (2016-17); All-SEC Second Team (Coaches; AP) … 2015-16: Avg’d a double-double (13.0p, 10.3r) and shot 68.6 percent in NCAA Tournament and was named to NCAA Sioux Falls Regional All-Tournament Team … PREP: In 2013 was Gatorade National and Oregon Girls Basketball Player of Year, and was ranked No. 1 in nation by espnW HoopGurlz (became highest ranked player to sign with UT since C. Parker in 2004) … PERS/MISC:  Shoots right; writes left. Lists C. Parker as a role model. Joined K. Cain, V. Ward as tallest players in UT history at 6-6.

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