May 1, 2008

Iowa in the mix for talented point guard

This spring is a chance for Nick Russell to raise his profile on the national scene playing with the Dallas Mustangs AAU team and he continues to do just that. The 6-foot-4 point guard has raised the level of his game and feels that hard work is really paying off on the court.

"I really worked hard on my shooting this winter and into the spring and I am shooting the ball much better," Russell said. "I am being more aggressive with the ball and I think I am playing pretty well right now."

After leading Grace Prep High School to a stellar season this past year, Russell is playing with the Dallas Mustangs, whose roster includes's 21st rated player in the Class of 2009, Nolan Dennis.

"It has been fun playing with Mustangs this spring and so far we have done pretty well in the tournaments. We have a talented team and I look forward to playing with them the rest of the summer."

By playing on a high profile team, college coaches are certainly paying attention and that has led to another offer for Russell in recent weeks.

"Michigan just offered about a week ago. They are the most recent offer," Russell said.

The Arlington, Texas native current holds quite a few offers, including several from in-state schools like Texas, Texas A&M, and Baylor. Big Ten schools like Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota are also in the mix.

Russell is planning on making an unofficial visit to Iowa this summer to attend their Elite Camp in late June and likes what the Hawkeyes and their coaches have to offer.

"I like Iowa a lot," he said. "I like what the school has to offer and I get along great with the coaches. I haven't been out there yet, but I plan on making a visit this summer. They have good coaches and I like them a lot."

But, at this point, Russell is still learning about the various schools and isn't tipping his hand one way or another.

"Everyone is pretty even. I am open right now and everyone is really a favorite for me at this point."

Russell plans to narrow his growing list by the end of the summer and then take his official visits in the fall before making his college decision.

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