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Redhawks Add Guard Nygal Russell

By Gosoutheast.com staff writer, 01/23/18, 12:16PM MST

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Southeast Missouri added guard Nygal Russell to this year's roster, head coach Rick Ray announced Tuesday.

A native of Houston Texas, Russell enrolled at Southeast and joined the team this week. He will have four years of eligibility with the Redhawks after redshirting this Spring semester. 

A 6'4", 195-pound combo guard, Russell recently averaged 11 points, five rebounds, three assists and 2.4 steals per game at the Aspire Basketball Academy in Louisville, Kentucky.

Prior to that, Russell spent his senior year at Chris Walker Academy in Houston, Texas. There, he averaged 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals en route to all-region honors.

Russell attended Seven Lakes High School in Katy, Texas as a junior. An all-district selection, Russell averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals for the Spartans.

"We are very fortunate to add such a quality player and person like Nygal to our program for the spring semester," said Ray. "Nygal is a big time athlete who is strong and powerful. He should really help us with some of our deficiencies that we are experiencing this season on the defensive end with the athleticism he possesses. Nygal is a good ball handler that can use his physical strength to attack downhill and also has the ability to make open 3s."

Aspire head coach Jeremy Kipness added, "On behalf of the Aspire Family, we are so incredibly proud and excited for our very own Nygal Russell on his commitment to Southeast Missouri to play for Coach Ray. From the second Nygal set foot on campus in August, his athleticism, toughness and leadership were on display. We are so excited to watch Nygal continue to succeed at the next level on the court, in the classroom and in the community!"