July 1, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Former University of Michigan men's basketball forward Campy Russell (1972-74) will be inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame as announced by the OBHOF board of directors. The induction ceremony will take place on May 17, 2014, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.
Joining Russell in the Class of 2014 are players Dean Chance, Helen Darling, Henry Finkel, Dennis Hopson, D'Artis Jones, Georgia Schweitzer Beasley and Nick Weatherspoon, as well as college administrator Helen Ludwig, referee Joe Pangrazio and coaches Brian Agler, Vince Chickerella, Walter Harrop, Ed Jucker and Jerry Scheve. Two teams will also be inducted, including Wright State's 1983 NCAA men's Division II national champions and the Wilmington College women's team that won the 2004 NCAA Division III national title.
A native of Pontiac, Mich., Russell came to Michigan tabbed as the best prep basketball player in the nation by Basketball News and was selected Michigan High School Player of the Year on two occasions. In his first season (1972-73) in Maize and Blue, Russell broke all U-M freshman scoring and rebounding records as he averaged 18.4 points and a team-best 9.6 rebounds per game.
As a co-captain during the 1973-74 season, Russell led Michigan and the Big Ten in scoring with 23.7 points per game and averaged 11.1 rebounds per outing, en route to be named a consensus All-American. Led by Russell, the Wolverines captured a share of the 1974 Big Ten regular-season title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in eight years, where they advanced to the regional final before losing to eventual champion Marquette, 72-70.
Following a two-year career at Michigan, Russell was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the eighth pick in the 1974 NBA Draft. He spent six seasons with the Cavs (1974-1980) and two with the New York Knicks (1980-82) before returning to the Cavs for his final season in 1984. Throughout his nine-year career, he averaged 15.8 points and 4.8 rebounds and earned a spot in the 1979 NBA All-Star Game.
All selections into the hall of fame are made by a panel of Ohio College All-Americans, NBA Hall of Fame players, Ohio high school and college coaches and the OBHOF board of directors. The first class was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
Each year, 12-15 members, as well as two teams, have been inducted as the hall of fame recognizes the achievements of both male and female basketball players in high school, college and professional basketball, successful coaches on all levels, and those who have impacted the game along the way.
Contact: Tom Wywrot, Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423