Getting to know a new Lady Vol

Mercedes Russell will leave her home state of Oregon on Friday to begin her college basketball career at Tennessee. The 6-6 center answered a few questions from InsideTennessee so fans could get to know her a little better. Go inside for her answers.

Mercedes Russell was a key recruit for coach Holly Warlick because her commitment last fall showed that Warlick could still lure top talent to Knoxville after Pat Summitt retired. Russell, who is from Springfield, Oregon, will enroll for the second summer session at Tennessee.

Russell took the time to field a few questions from InsideTennessee before she departed from Oregon.

What item do you absolutely have to bring with you from home?

Cell phone.

What will you miss the most about not being in Oregon?

Spending time with my family and friends.

What will you like the most about being in Tennessee?

Starting my college basketball career.

You can start court workouts with coaches after you enroll. Are you nervous or excited or both? And why?

Both – excited to meet all my new teammates and coaches and nervous about learning a new system.

What is your favorite food?


Favorite TV show?

The Game.

Favorite book or magazine?


What do you think will be your favorite class at Tennessee?


What do you plan to study in college?

Not sure yet.

If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?

Kobe Bryant, so he could give me some pointers … .

If you didn't play basketball, what other sport would you have tried to play in college?


Do you have any other talents not sports-related?

I can sing.

If you won millions in the lottery, what are you buying first?


Can you cook and if so, what?

Grilled cheese.

Do you know how to sort laundry?


Describe your perfect vacation because you are a college athlete now so it will be four years before you get to take it.

Bora Bora.

And, finally, you get three wishes. What are they?

Winning an NCAA Championship, being the number one pick in the WNBA draft, playing for the LA Sparks.

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