Mercedes  Russell

21Mercedes Russell

Class:
RS Sophomore

Hometown:
Springfield, Ore.

High School:
Springfield H.S.

Height:
6-6

Position:
C

CAREER HIGHS

  • Points: 15 // Chattanooga, 11/14/13
  • Rebounds: 11 // Missouri, 2/23/14*
  • Assists: 3 // St. John's, 3/24/14
  • Steals: 2 // St. John's, 3/24/14*
  • Blocks: 6 // Tenn. State, 12/17/13
  • Field Goals: 7 // Chattanooga, 11/14/13
  • 3-Pointers: --
  • Free Throws: 3 // Texas A&M, 3/8/14*
  • Minutes: 26 // St. John's, 3/24/14*
  • CAREER HONORS

    • SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll -- 2014
    • SEC Freshman of the Week -- 2013-14 (12/23-12/30)

    2014-15 - SOPHOMORE

    • Sat out 2014-15 season as a redshirt to recover from off-season surgery on both feet.

    2013-14 - FRESHMAN

    • Played in all 35 games, starting five, and led UT in blocked shots with 40 and field goal percentage at 59.6 percent (93-156).
    • Was team's fourth-leading rebounder (5.0 rpg.) and seventh-best scorer (6.3), averaging 18.5 minutes per contest as a rookie.
    • Scored in double figures nine times and had 10 or more rebounds on two occasions.
    • Shot 60 percent or better from the field in 18 games as a freshman.
    • Finished at 51.4 percent from the free throw line after getting off to a rocky start, but nailed 19-of-23 for 82.6 percent over the final 14 games.
    • Recorded a career-best 15 points against Chattanooga, hitting seven of 11 field goals and grabbing four rebounds in 22 minutes.
    • Scored 14 points against Georgia Tech, connecting on 6-of-8 shots from the field and 2-of-2 from the free throw line.
    • Instrumental in UT's SEC semifinal win vs. Texas A&M, scoring 11 points, going 4-for-4 from the field and 3-for-3 from the line, and grabbing six rebounds.
    • Posted career-best 11-rebound efforts vs. Missouri and at Texas A&M.
    • Picked up SEC Freshman of the Week honors (Dec. 30) after scoring 12 points and tallying seven rebounds and five blocks against Lipscomb.
    • Made her college debut at Middle Tennessee and contributed 11 points, seven rebounds and three blocks to the come-from-behind victory.
    • Racked up a career-best six blocks against Tennessee State to go with 12 points and seven caroms.
    • Shot 77.8 percent from the field (7-for-9) in NCAA postseason action.
    • Led UT in scoring for the first time with 12 points against Northwestern State in the NCAA First Round, going 5-for-6 from the field and a perfect 2-for-2 from the free throw line.

    USA/AAU BASKETBALL

    • Three-time gold medalist with USA Basketball.
    • Most recently, she was victorious at the 2015 World University Games alongside UT teammate Diamond DeShields and with Holly Warlick serving as an assistant.
    • Led 2015 WUG team with 9.2 rpg. and was third in scoring at 13.0 ppg., recording three double-doubles and shooting 53.7 percent as the USA went 6-0 in the tourney.
    • In her two previous gold medal occasions, she played for squads coached by former Lady Vol Jill Rankin-Schneider.
    • Member of USA squad that won FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in August 2012.
    • Started all eight games for the U17 squad, averaging 8.9 points and 6.9 rebounds and hitting 64.0% from the field.
    • Also struck gold in June 2011 with the USA U16 team at the FIBA Americas Championship in Merida, Mexico.
    • Set USA U16 single-game records for rebounds (15) and blocks (5) and tournament records for rebounds (11.4) and blocks (4.0) averaged.
    • Started all five games, contributing 11.6 points, 11.4 rebounds and 4.0 blocks for that unit.

    HIGH SCHOOL

    • Named No. 1 player in the nation in 2013 by espnW HoopGurlz and Women's Basketball Insider.
    • Blue Star Basketball and Full Court both ranked her as the No. 2 player.
    • Highest ranked player to sign with Tennessee since Candace Parker in 2004.
    • Gatorade National and Oregon Girls Basketball Player of the Year (2013).
    • Was presented national award on March 20 by Olympic gold medalist and WNBA star Maya Moore.
    • Attended 2013 ESPYs as Gatorade National Female Athlete of the Year finalist.
    • American Family Insurance All-USA Girls Basketball First Team (2013).
    • Finalist for Naismith Girls High School Player of the Year (2013).
    • Named a WBCA and McDonald's All-American and a first-team MaxPreps All-American (2013).
    • Named MVP of McDonald's All-American game in Chicago on April 3, turning in 16 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots.
    • Class 5A State Player of the Year (2011, 2012, 2013).
    • Class 5A All-State First team (2011, 2012, 2013)
    • Led Springfield to a pair of 5A state titles (2011, 2012) and a runner-up finish (2013).
    • Averaged 25.1 points, 12.3 rebounds, 5.5 blocks, 3.9 assists and 2.0 steals as a senior.
    • Finished her prep career with 2,273 points to rank number four all-time in the state.
    • Also added 1,642 rebounds and 562 blocked shots during her career.
    • Averaged 26.0 points, 15.0 rebounds, 6.0 blocks and 5.0 assists as a junior.
    • Produced 24.5 points, 15.0 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per contest as a sophomore.
    • Honor roll student at SHS.

    PERSONAL

    • Full name is Mercedes Briann Russell.
    • Born on July 27, 1995, in Springfield, Ore.
    • Parents are Tammy Hill and Lorenzo Russell.
    • Shoots right-handed but writes with her left hand.
    • Lists Candace Parker as a role model.
    • Joins Kelley Cain and Vonda Ward as the three tallest players in UT history at 6-6.
    • Majoring in communication studies.
    • Recipient of the Tom & Peg Haynes Olympic Development Endowment.
    • Follow @MerSladezz on Twitter and @mersladezz on Instagram.
     

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