Tennessee's Mercedes Russell sizes up challenge of being first-year post player

Tennessee's Mercedes Russell is defended by Oakland's Olivia Nash, left, and Peyton Apsey. Tennessee defeated Oakland, 84-50 at Thompson-Boling Arena on Sunday, November 24, 2013. 
  
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Tennessee's Mercedes Russell is defended by Oakland's Olivia Nash, left, and Peyton Apsey. Tennessee defeated Oakland, 84-50 at Thompson-Boling Arena on Sunday, November 24, 2013. (SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)

Dean Lockwood gathered together Tennessee’s post players this week and emphasized what awaits them on Sunday.

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ModelMaker writes:

When you have a freshman (Reynolds) getting it into Russell more than anyone else that's got to be a red flag.

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

in response to ModelMaker:

When you have a freshman (Reynolds) getting it into Russell more than anyone else that's got to be a red flag.

No red flag when you consider the fact that they played AAU ball together for two or three years and Jordan know her better that anyone else on the team. I can only see a bright future ahead for both of them.

ModelMaker writes:

in response to snowpeapod#263184:

No red flag when you consider the fact that they played AAU ball together for two or three years and Jordan know her better that anyone else on the team. I can only see a bright future ahead for both of them.

I guess there is nothing the Lady Vols can do to get better.

johnlg00 writes:

Mercedes is going to have to bring her A game today. All that toughness Lockwood was talking about had better be on full display. I am concerned about her poor FT shooting. In one recent game, where she went about 2-for-10, it seemed that every shot came off her hand in a different way. It's hard to be confident in a physical game if you don't believe you are going to make free-throws. I guess the best thing about this test is that it is coming at TBA. If she has a bit of success against the big Texans, it will surely help her confidence going forward. This would also be a GREAT time for Simmons and Burdick to make some shots!

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