John Adams: Mercedes Russell takes first shot at expectations

John Adams
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Tennessee’s Mercedes Russell is defended by Carson-Newman’s Haley Coffelt during an exhibition game at Thompson-Boling Arena on Monday.

Photo by Saul Young, 2013 Knoxville News Sentinel

saul young/news sentinel Tennessee’s Mercedes Russell is defended by Carson-Newman’s Haley Coffelt during an exhibition game at Thompson-Boling Arena on Monday.

The Mercedes Russell era of Tennessee women’s basketball got off to an inauspicious start in Monday night’s 115-31 exhibition victory over Carson-Newman at Thompson-Boling Arena. It began on the bench.

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writer#358485 writes:

I don't see anything inauspicious about it, John. Just trying to be negative?

johnlg00 writes:

Great start for Mercedes, IMHO. I agree that her game doesn't seem as varied or polished as those of Holdsclaw or Parker, but she moves with great fluidity and seems to have a nice touch and confident post moves. The LVs have one of the best frontcourts in the country with Harrison, Graves, and Russell. Mercedes may or may not start most games, but she will surely play as many minutes as any of the posts and will positively affect the game in many ways. So far, so good!

MaxVolFan writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Great start for Mercedes, IMHO. I agree that her game doesn't seem as varied or polished as those of Holdsclaw or Parker, but she moves with great fluidity and seems to have a nice touch and confident post moves. The LVs have one of the best frontcourts in the country with Harrison, Graves, and Russell. Mercedes may or may not start most games, but she will surely play as many minutes as any of the posts and will positively affect the game in many ways. So far, so good!

Graves and Harrison is ranked #3 and #4 respectively in their positions according to ESPNW . That's saying a lot for our frontcourt . I believe Mercedes is capable of being one of the best at center possibly having a better yr than Elizabeth Williams, Dolsons, and the 6'7 Imani from Texas . Very excited about this team!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to MaxVolFan:

Graves and Harrison is ranked #3 and #4 respectively in their positions according to ESPNW . That's saying a lot for our frontcourt . I believe Mercedes is capable of being one of the best at center possibly having a better yr than Elizabeth Williams, Dolsons, and the 6'7 Imani from Texas . Very excited about this team!

From what comparatively little I have seen of Williams and Dolson--don't know anything about Imani--the only advantage I would give either of them over Russell is experience. I didn't know, but am not surprised, that Harrison and Graves were so highly rated. If the posts stay healthy and the backcourt does their part, the LVs should back down to no one this year.

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