Mercedes Russell looks like player of the year

ESPN is watching the stars of high school basketball. But they missed one of the biggest in the hoops constellation: Mercedes Russell of Springfield, Ore.

The 6-foot-5 junior this season is averaging 28.25 points, 15.4 rebounds, 6.5 blocks, 4.6 assists, and has an 82 percent free throw shooting percentage. Russell, who always shows up for big games, had one outburst for 35 and another for 32 points this year, as the Millers try to defend the state title they won last year.

She has my vote.

Mercedes Russell

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