University of Michigan Basketball

Campy Russell

1974,   Forward

Campy Russell

Pontiac Central's Campy Russell came to Michigan touted as the best prep basketball player in the nation by Basketball News - twice selected Michigan High School Player of the Year, most valuable player in three post season all-star games, including the Dapper Dan. He lived up to that reputation his freshman year, breaking all frosh team scoring and rebounding records. He led the team in rebounding and was second to Henry Wilmore in scoring as a sophomore and took the conference scoring title in 1973-74 while finishing second in rebounding. A consensus All-American and co-captain in 1973-74, Campy Russell was a complete player, as evidenced by his ability to fill the lane, trigger a fast break, advance the ball up court, and play tight defense.

In his first season at Michigan he led the team in rebounding (9.6 per game) and was second in scoring (18.4 points per game). In 1973-74, his second and final season as a Wolverine, Russell scored 640 point (23.7 per game) to lead Michigan and the Big Ten in scoring. He was also second in the conference in rebounding, averaging 1l.3 per game. With a supporting cast of starters all contributing double digit scoring averages, Russell led the team to a tie with Indiana for first place in the conference. The Wolverines won a playoff game to earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1966. The team advanced to the regional final, losing a tough 72-70 contest to eventual champion Marquette.

Career Statistics
Year GP FG-FGA FG% FT-FTA FT% Reb Avg. Pts Avg
1973 24 177-404 .438 88-121 .727 231 9.6. 442 18.4
1974 27 254-542 .469 132-171 .772 300 11.1 640 23.7
Totals 51 431-946 .456 220-292 .753 531 10.4 1082 21.2

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