Images of the 34 athletes, five coaches and members of the selection committee from the 2021 USA Basketball Women's U16 National Team Trials.
Mercedes Russell has won three gold medals and one tournament title with USA Basketball.
Mercedes Russell first played with USA Basketball as a member of the 2011 USA team that won gold with a 5-0 record at the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Mexico. She averaged a team-high 11.4 rebounds per game and a team second-best 11.6 points per game to go with 4.0 blocks per game.
Mercedes Russell lists first in the USA women’s U16 single-competition record book for blocked shots averaged (4.0) and second for rebounds averaged (11.4).
Mercedes Russell is tied for second in the USA women’s U16 single-game record book for field goal percentage (4-4 FGs vs. Venezuela), free throws attempted (9 vs. Brazil), rebounds (15 vs. Chile) and blocks (5 twice in 2011); and she is third for free throws made (7 vs. Brazil).
Playing in back-to-back summers with USA Basketball, Mercedes Russell returned in 2012 as a member of the USA team that captured gold with an 8-0 record at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Cup in Amsterdam. She started in all eight wins and averaged 8.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.
In the USA women’s U17 single-competition record book, Mercedes Russell ranks second for field goal percentage (.640 in 2012).
Mercedes Russell is first for field goal percentage (8-8 FGs vs. South Korea) in the USA women’s U17 single-game record book.
Mercedes Russell was a member of the 2015 USA team that won the gold medal and earned a 6-0 record at the 2015 World University Games in South Korea. She led the team with 9.2 rebounds to go with 13.0 points per game.
In the USA women’s World University Games single-competition record book, Mercedes Russell is tied for fifth for rebounds (55 in 2015).
In the USA women’s World University Games single-game record book, Mercedes Russell is tied for first in field goals attempted (24 vs. Japan).
Mercedes Russell helped the USA capture the tournament title at the 2017 U24 Four Nations Tournament in Tokyo, including wins over Australia, Canada and Japan. She contributed 5.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
Just the sixth player in University of Tennessee history to record 1,500 points and 1,000 career-rebounds, Mercedes Russell was drafted 22nd overall in the 2018 WNBA Draft by the New York Liberty. She won WNBA titles with the Seattle Storm in 2018 and 2020.
Through the Years: Mercedes Russell
USA U17 Women 59, Italy 55