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Venzal Russell Commits to Lakehead University Men’s Basketba

July 15th, 2010


Lakehead University Athletics is pleased to announce the commitment of Venzal Russell (Detroit, MI) to attend Lakehead University and suit up for the Varsity Men’s Basketball program. Russell is a 6’2” wing who recently graduated from Vermillion Community College in Ely, Minnesota.


Coach Scott Morrison feels Russell will add something to the returning lineup this season. “We expect Venzal to make an immediate contribution to the team on both ends of the floor.  He is going to add to our transition game and give us a flexible match-up on the defensive end” he states.


Russell is coming off a stand-out junior college career which saw him named a NJCAA Division 3 All-American. He broke onto the national scene for the first time in 2009 recording Vermillion’s first quadruple double with a 23 point, 12 rebound, 11 assist and 11 steal performance versus Mesabi Range.   At Detroit’s Dearborn Heights Robichaud High School, Russell was a two sport star that set school records for rushing yards and touchdowns while playing Quarterback.  


Legendary Vermillion head coach Paul MacDonald believes his latest product will prove to be a solid pick-up by the Thunderwolves as he adds, “Venzal Russell will be a fine addition to the Lakehead program. He is an outstanding player who loves to compete. This JUCO All American will fit in nicely with his athletic style of play”.   


Russell is the second recruiting announcement for Lakehead this off-season.  6’1” guard Ben Johnson of Pictou, Nova Scotia will also transfer to Lakehead from NCAA D2 Saint Rose College in New York.  An announcement on Johnson’s commitment was made in June. For more information on Lakehead recruiting or Venzal Russell please contact Coach Scott Morrison or visit the team blogsite

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Last Edited: July 15th, 2010

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