Mercedes Russell

Mercedes Russell


CLASS: 2013



  • Springfield, ORHometown
  • Springfield High School
  • 6-5Height
  • Weight
  • 1Overall Rank
  • 1Position Rank

ESPN Player Evaluations

USAB Trials-May 12: Early on in the trials, the 6-5 Russell showed well, especially in the one-on-one post drills where she was able to show off her superior size and skill. Russell has the ability to step out and shoot the ball on the perimeter and act as a face-up post player or score the basketball in the post. As she continues to develop and get stronger playing in the post, Russell will be able to use her physical tools more and more to exploit mismatches. Look for Russell, who was a starter last year on the U16 team, to be a focal point again this year. (Moore)

USAB U16 Trials-May 11: One look at Russell and you see the obvious physical characteristics but there's much more to her game than size and length. There are few post players who can create their own looks off the dribble like she can and we're talking more than a one dribble drive from the elbow. On the catch she's quick to sweep the ball through and create space but then utilizes a lengthy and quick first step to attack. Occasionally she doesn't see beyond her own defender and beats them only to find herself jammed up in traffic. Inside she's keeping the ball high on both the post feed as well as offensive boards that come her way. Her post move are sound and evolving but the counters are still a thought rather than a reaction at this point. Her touch is soft, effective and treats her well out to 15 feet. The physical strength will have to come down the road as defenders utilize the physical approach to take away her attack. (Lewis)

WCP Spring Invitational-May 11: Russell plays a very mature game in the post and so few posts today actually perfect their craft around the basket before trying to add perimeter skills. Yes she's athletic and can run the floor and yes she even took a long rebound and started the break a couple of times, but what is exciting about her game is how technically skilled she is at getting position, receiving the ball and scoring in the paint. She does a great job of dropping her hips to maintain leverage and always gives her guards a target to pass to. She has good footwork after the catch and good touch around the rim. She does need to get stronger to handle the bigger, stronger posts that will defend her at the next level, as she learned against West Coast Premier, but when left one-on-one she is pretty special. She also has a tendency to always start middle after catching it on the left block. She has the footwork and plenty of counter moves so it's probably just a habit, but her team seemed to try and get her the ball on that left block 90 percent of the time. Defensively she blocks a fair number of shots and doesn't get too committed to swatting shots that it gets her in foul trouble. It's clear her understanding of positioning on offense helps her get in the right spots to deny post entry, at least at times. USA Basketball trials should be great for her development and a test of how she stacks up against elite players and with elite players as teammates. Playing against players her equal or better could and should help her game take the next step. (Hansen)

Talented post player, can face up out to 17 feet. Doesn't run the floor as well as some elite posts, has a nice skill set. Defends the paint. Blocks shots, will close out to the three point line to contest shots. (Clay)

Nike Skills-May 10: Long, athletic post player who can get up and down the floor. Interior polish is starting to come around. Alters shots and has a ton of upside. (Howe)


Club Team: Team Concept-Heat

As of August 11, 2011, mom (Tammy Hill) says Russell is still wide open but has made unofficials to Tennessee and Louisville. Planning stages for fall '11 visits to Tennessee and Washington.

ESPN HoopGurlz Tip Sheet Mentions and Features:
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