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Mercedes Russell

As of Aug. 22, 2017

USA Basketball

  • Named to the 2017 USA Women’s U23 National Team on Aug. 4, 2017; averaged 5.3 ppg. and 6.3 rpg. to help the USA claim the inaugural U24 Four Nations Tournament Title with wins over Australia, Canada and Japan Aug. 12-15 in Tokyo.
  • Named to the 2017 USA Women’s U23 National Team on Aug. 4, 2017.
  • Member of the 2015 USA World University Games team that captured the gold medal with a perfect 6-0 record at 2015 World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea.
  • Member of the 2012 USA U17 World Championship Team that won the gold medal with a 8-0 record in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; also helped the USA to a 4-0 exhibition record.
  • Member of the 2011 USA U16 National Team that claimed the gold medal with a 5-0 record at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Merida, Mexico; set USA U16 single-game records of 15 rebounds and five blocked shots and competition records for rebounding (11.4) and blocked shots (4.0).

College 

  • Has played three seasons at Tennessee, in addition to a redshirt season due to injury in 2014-15.
  • As a junior in 2016-17, started in all 32 games and averaged a team second-best 16.1 ppg. to go with 9.7 rpg., 1.2 apg. and 1.4 bpg. to help her team to a 20-12 record and the NCAA Tournament second round; earned one SEC Player of the Week honor; led the SEC in double-doubles with 19, which was a program record for juniors; scored in double figures 30 times, including five games with 20+ points; tallied a career 26 points to go with 11 rebounds versus Auburn.
  • As a sophomore in 2015-16, started in 31 of 36 games and averaged 9.9 ppg., 8.3 rpg. and 1.8 bpg. to help her team to a 22-14 record and the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight; scored in double figures 20 times and had two games with 20+ points.
  • Sat out 2014-15 season as a redshirt to recover from off-season surgery on both feet.
  • As a freshman in 2013-14, started in five of 35 games and averaged 6.3 ppg., 5.0 rpg. and 1.1 bpg. to help her team to a 29-6 record and the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16; led UT in blocked shots (40) and field goal percentage (.596); scored in double figures nine times and had 10+ rebounds twice; earned one SEC Freshman of the Week honor.

High School

  • Graduated from Springfield High School in Springfield, Oregon, where she amassed 2,273 points to list fourth all-time in Oregon history.
  • 2013 Gatorade National Player of the Year and McDonald’s and WBCA All-American; named MVP of the 2013 McDonald’s All-American Game.
  • As a senior in 2012-13, averaged 25.1 ppg., 12.3 rpg., 5.5 bpg., 3.9 apg. and 2.0 spg. to help her team to the state tournament title game.
  • As a junior in 2011-12, averaged 26.0 ppg., 15 rpg., 6.0 bpg. and 5.0 apg. to help her team to a second-consecutive 5A state title.
  • As a sophomore in 2010-11, averaged 24.5 ppg., 15.0 rpg. and 5.0 bpg. to help her team to an 5A state championship.

Personal

  • Majoring in communication studies.
  • Born in Springfield, Oregon.
  • Daughter of Tammy Hill and Lorenzo Russell.

Highlights

  • Gold Medals: 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship and 2015 World University Games.

  • International Tournament Titles: 2017 U24 Four Nations Tournament.
  • Associated Press: 2017 All-America honorable mention.
  • WBCA: 2017 All-American honorable mention.
  • NCAA Tournament: 2016 Sioux Falls Region All-Tournament Team.
  • Southeastern Conference: 2017 All-Conference second team.

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USA Basketball Statistics

TEAM G/S FGM-FGA PCT 3PM-3PA PCT FTM-FTA PCT REB/AVG PTS/AVG AST BLK STL
2017 U23 3/3 7-11 .636 0-0 .--- 2-5 .400 19/ 6.3 16/ 5.3 1 2 0
2015 WUG 6/0
36-67
.537 0-1
.000 6-11
.545 55/ 9.2
78/ 13.0
5 3 4
2012 U17 8/8 32-50
.640 0-0
.--- 7-12
.583 55/ 6.9
71/ 8.9
8 13 7
2011 U16
5/5 23-43
.535 0-0
.--- 12-16 .750  57/ 11.4
58/ 11.6
5 20 5

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