ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - His Twitter handle is @bucket_getta1 and it's only fitting that Peabody's leader got himself a whole mess of buckets last Friday. Cedric Russell scored just as many points as Winnfield alone in the Warhorses district beat down of the Tigers, 115-42, to earn our Athlete of the Week.
"It’s an honor," said Russell. "Last time I won it was my freshman year. It still to this day is a big honor and I really appreciate everyone that nominated me."
Russell, who signed to play college ball for UL-Lafayette back in November, is one of the top five players in the state in the class of 2017. He showed off his Division I talent on Friday absolutely scoring at will against Winnfield dropping 42 points on 12 of 16 shooting from downtown.
"Some days I just wake up with that feeling like I can’t miss and like I know it’s going to be my night. Nothing was forced," added Russell. "It was all in the flow of the game, I just was feeling it. If I got my feet set and my eyes on it, I knew it was going in."
Peabody head coach Charles Smith describes his senior guard as "phenomenal." Coach Smith even went as far to rank Russell's performance as among the best he's ever seen in a Warhorses uniform, which is saying something for a man who has coached the likes of Markel Brown on his way to earning more than 950 career wins.
"He got on a role and in the late third quarter, early fourth quarter he seemed like he couldn’t miss," explained Smith. "Because the game was so much out of hand I pulled him out, but he could’ve had more."
Russell is a natural scorer, but he's working hard this season to get all of his teammates involved which has provided a slight decrease in his scoring numbers. Despite that he's still averaging about 22 points per game for the top-ranked team in 3A hoops. Individual success aside, Russell wants nothing more this season than to do what last year's Warhorses fell just short of - win a state championship.
"It's been an awesome year. We had some ups and we had some downs, but it's just brought us closer together," said Russell. "This year I really think we have the pieces that it takes to win a state championship."
If you're a Cenla basketball fan you need to get to a Peabody game this season. Whether Cedric Russell is draining 3s or setting up his man Kevin Norman for an alley-oop dunk, they never disappoint. Their next game comes Friday night inside the Emerald Palace against Marksville.