Sophomore Cedric Russell dribbles the ball during the play as the Ragin' Cajuns take on the Little Rock Trojans at the Cajundome on January 5, 2019.

Closing out his junior season as one of the leading scorers for our Ragin’ Cajuns squad, Cedric Russell is prepared to have a breakout senior year to put the country on notice.

Averaging a career-high in minutes per game for the 2019-20 season, Russell stepped up to play long, crucial minutes as a result of an injury-filled roster.

Playing key minutes is not something new for Cedric. He has been doing this since he was a pure-bred scorer at Peabody Magnet High School.

Leading Peabody to a state championship his senior year was his goal the second his junior campaign ended, working countless hours in the gym that summer before his final year of high school ball.

Russell fulfilled his promise, leading Peabody to a state championship win over Wossman High School, finishing his high school career on top after scoring 22 points and earning division 3-A State MVP.

Now, Cedric looks to end his senior year of college the same way he did his high school: a champion.

Winning the Sun Belt Conference title would be a humongous feat for our young Louisiana squad and would allow us the chance to go dancing with the top tier programs around the nation, something the Ragin’ Cajuns have not had the opportunity to do in years.

It is safe to say that if we want the chance to make a run this 2020-21 season, we will need star players like Cedric Russell, Jalen Johnson and Mylik Wilson to step up and put up monumental numbers.

In Russell’s junior year, he nearly doubled his points per game from 9 points per game from his sophomore season to 14.7 points per game this year.

To Cedric, statistics are not what drive him. His leadership role is one of the most important parts of his game.

“Me and the team, we talk a lot, and the guys look to me for a lot of leadership and stuff,” Russell said. “And they understand when it’s time for me to effort up.”

As the top recruit in the state of Louisiana virtually all four years of high school, Russell has learned when it is time to turn it up a notch and take over games.

With offers from some of the most pristine universities around the country, Russell blessed the entire Cajun community when he decided to stay home and rep the “cULture”.

The Ragin’ Cajuns have the depth and production to be able to make a run this season, with Russell stating, “We have a lot of guys that can score the ball,” Russell said. “We have a really versatile team, guys that can play different positions. Sometimes we can do a big lineup or a small lineup, a fast lineup or a defensive lineup. We’re going to surprise people with how versatile we are.”

The star point guard will be polished and prepared for an unreal senior season as his work ethic is unmatched, his skill level is so high, and his will to win games is greater than many other collegiate athletes.

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