SMU and Minnesota square off in MSG tonight for NIT Title
N. Moore Leads Mustangs With 16 Points, Kennedy and Russell Both Tally 13 On The Day
Mustangs improve to 13-0 at home and 3-1 against ranked teams
Season Tickets Start At Just $125
SMU Men's Basketball: New Era For SMU Basketball Begins In January; First Game In Moody Coliseum Is Jan. 4
All 18 American Athletic Conference Games Are Nationally Televised
Mustangs win big 72-53
2013-14 (Senior) - Played in all 37 games, starting 36, averaging 9.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.0 steals in 32.5 minutes per game. CONFERENCE RANKINGS: 11th in assists (3.2), 7th in FT% (80.2), 11th in assist/turnover ratio (1.3)... AWARDS: American Athletic Conference Honor Roll (3/10)...GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Hit a go-ahead layup with 36 seconds, two of his eight points in SMU's 67-65 win over California in the NIT Quarterfinals. Co-led SMU with 16 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 34 minutes in SMU's NIT Second Round win over LSU. Season-high 18 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists in 37 minutes. Tied for the team lead with 15 points to go along with 4 assists in 31 minutes in the Mustangs 64-55 win at No. 21 UConn. Tallied a season-high 16 points, while adding 5 rebounds and 3 assists in SMU's win at Rutgers. Scored in double-figures for the 8th time (15 points), to go along with 3 rebounds and 3 assists in SMU's 76-55 win over No. 7/7 Cincinnati. Tallied 10 points at USF to put himself in double figures for the sixth time this season. Scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half to help propel the Mustangs to a 9-point win over No. 17/15 Connecticut. Drained his seventh three of the season to kick-start SMU's game-ending 11-2 run in its win at Wyoming. Tied a career-high with 9 assists, and tied a career-high with 8 rebounds against UTPA... CAREER RANKINGS: 18th in assists (257), 14th in assists average (3.7) and 16th in steals average (1.2).
2012-13 (Junior): Averaged 14.3 points (2nd SMU, 15th C-USA), 4.3 assists (1st SMU, 7th C-USA), in 35.9 minutes (1st SMU, 2nd C-USA)... NOTE - SCORING STREAK: Scored in double-figures in all but five games; and in 17 straight games from Jan. 2-March 9... HONORS: Named to the Hoops for Hope All-Tournament Team (11.5 pts, 3.8 rebs, 4.5 asts) and had the game-winner vs. Missouri State (62-61) in the 3rd-place game... GAME-WINNER: Hit the game-winner with 10 seconds left in the 62-61 win vs. Missouri State 11/24 in the Hoops for Hope 3rd-place game (had 25 points, 2 assists, 2 steals)... GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Had 16 points and a career-high 9 assists vs. East Carolina 2/23...Game-high 22 points with 5 assists, 3 rebounds, a block and a steal vs. Houston 2/2... Tied C-USA career highs of 15 points and 7 rebounds with 5 assists in the win at Marshall 1/30...Had 20 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds and a career-high 4 steals at Hofstra 12/1...Tied a career-high of 25 points (9-15 FG, 1-2 3FG, 6-10 FT), including the game-winner with 10 seconds, with 2 steals and 2 assists in the 62-61 win vs. Missouri State 11/25...Career-highs of 25 points (8-18 FG, 7-8 FT), 6 rebounds and 2 steals with 2 assists at Texas State 11/17...Career-high 19 points (6-15 FG, 7-8 FT) with 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in opening win vs. Loyola Marymount 11/11.
2011-12 (Transfer): DNP due to NCAA transfer rules.
2010-11 (Sophomore at Kansas State): Played in 25 of KSU's games, making 14 starts...averaged 4.2 points on 37.1 percent shooting with 1.9 rebounds in 12.2 minutes per game...Team Rankings: 1st in FT% (84.4), 5th in 3FGs made (13)...Game Highlights: Scored a career high 19 points against James Madison (Nov. 12) going 6-14 from the field and 5-7 from the line, while adding four assists...led the Wildcats with 12 points versus UNLV (Dec. 21) in the HyVee Wildcat Classic, also collecting three rebounds and a pair of assists...Went 5-9 while converting a season-high three three-pointers at Iowa State (Feb. 5).
2009-10 (Freshmen at Kansas State): Played in 21 games, all as a reserve, as a true freshman...averaged 1.5 points on 28.6 percent shooting with 1.0 rebound in 6.8 minutes per game... Connected on 77.8 percent (7-of-9) from the free throw line...Game Highlights: Scored a season-high seven points with four rebounds and four assists in the season opener vs. Loyola Chicago (Nov. 13)...Also dished out four assists against the Ramblers... Played a role in KSU's victory over No. 24 Baylor (Jan. 26) with two points and three rebounds in 11 minutes... Scored five points versus Fort Hays State (Dec. 1) with two rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes.
Prep: Regarded as one of the top point guards in the country, including the No. 89 overall prospect by ESPN Scouts, Inc. and No. 116 in the Rivals150 by Rivals.com... ranked among the top-40 at his position by a number of outlets, including No. 21 by Rivals.com and No. 38 by ESPN Scouts, Inc. ...rated as the No. 4 player in the state of Texas for the Class of 2009 by Texashoops.com...a three-year lettermen and starter at Grace Preparatory Academy in Dallas, Texas... led the Lions to a 31-5 overall record, including an 8-0 record in district play, as a senior in 2008-09...the squad advanced to the Class 5A-4A TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools) state title game for the third consecutive season, where they lost to Houston Westbury Christian, 73-52...averaged 17.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game as a senior...selected to the 2009 TAPPS Class 4A All-State first team as well as to the Class 4A All-Tournament team...named the most valuable player of the TAPPS District 1-4A and first team All-District 1-4A...received second team All-Area honors from the Dallas Morning News...helped the Lions to a 26-12 overall record, including a 7-3 mark in league play, as a junior in 2007-08...the team finished as the TAPPS Class 5A state runner-up, losing to Midland Christian, 74-60...averaged 23 points, six assists and five rebounds per game as a junior... named to the 2008 TAPPS Class 5A All-State first team as well as the Class 5A All-Tournament squad...selected as the co-most valuable player of the TAPPS District 1-5A and first team All-District 1-5A...chosen to the TAPPS Class 5A All-State first team as well as the District 1-5A newcomer of the year as a sophomore in 2006-07...was invited to several all-star games as a senior, including the inaugural Feinberg Academic All-American Basketball Classic and the Texas-Oklahoma All-Star Shootout.
Personal: Born in March of 1991...the son of Raymond and Cindy Russell of Dallas, Texas.
Major: Working toward a masters in liberal arts after earning his bachelor's degree in psychology in August, 2013.