15 - Junior Russell
Junior Russell
Height: 5-6
Weight: 165
Year: Junior
Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA
High School: Santa Cruz HS
College: West Valley College
Position: Point Guard
Experience: JC

Greg "Junior" Russell should become a key component of the Titans' squad in 2007-08... Textbook point guard with great court sense and a winning background... Extremely quick and has a point guard mentality - pass first and score second... Very good in transition and excels on the open floor.

WEST VALLEY COLLEGE: All-state selection for the Vikings and Coach Danny Yoshikawa... Two-year starter on teams that combined for a 57-13 record... Team advanced to the state championship game in 2006 and second round of the 2007 playoffs... He averaged 16.8 points, 5.6 assists and 2.5 rebounds last season and 7.3 points and 3.7 assists as a freshman when he made the all-state tournament team... Will be reunited with West Valley teammates Kenneth Alexander and Marcus Morgan.

SANTA CRUZ HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterman at Santa Cruz High School for Coach Pete Newell, Jr.... Team won a state championship and he was the Div. III most valuable player... First-team all-league selection and made the all-state tournament team... Also played football as a running back as a sophomore.

PERSONAL: Born on July 20, 1987, in San Jose, California... Parents are Gregory Russell and Lawanda Burks... Has two brothers, Bradley and Steven Palmer and a sister, Latoya Russell... Afro-ethnic studies major... Originally signed a letter of intent out of West Valley with Long Beach State but was granted a release when a coaching change was made... Most memorable sports thrills are winning the high school state championship and playing for the state community college championship... Credits Coaches Newell and Bobby Bramlett for most influence on his career: "Because they taught me so much about the game of basketball that I never thought of."