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Atif Russell
Atif  Russell


Katy, Texas

High School:
Seven Lakes HS

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 210




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Pepperdine will meet either Gonzaga or San Francisco on Monday.


Men's Basketball at UCLA (11/19/2015)

Photos by Martin A. Folb and USA Today of the Waves' 81-67 loss at Pauley Pavilion.


Men's Basketball vs. San Diego Christian (11/16/2015)

Stephanie Chaisson's photos of the Waves' home opener, a 91-49 win over San Diego Christian.


Men's Basketball vs. Gonzaga (3/9/2015)

John Shaffer's photos of the Waves' WCC Tournament semifinal loss to Gonzaga in Las Vegas.


Men's Basketball vs. San Francisco (2/21/2015)

Martin A. Folb's photos of the Waves' 56-54 home loss to the Dons.


Men's Basketball vs. San Diego (2/7/2015)

Martin A. Folb's photos of the Waves' loss to the Toreros in Firestone Fieldhouse.

Atif Russell Career Statistics Get Acrobat Reader

CAREER: Through three seasons, is averaging 4.0 points and 2.2 rebounds in 15.2 minutes ... Has appeared in 86 games and started 26.

PEPPERDINE 2014-15: Saw his playing time and production increase considerably as a junior ... Averaged 5.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 19.3 minutes ... Started 22 of 32 games ... After coming off the bench the first four games, started vs. Cal State Northridge (12/4) and scored a season-high 19 points, including 5-for-6 shooting on three-pointers ... The five three-pointers were the most by any Wave all season ... Then scored 18 points at Cal State Fullerton (12/6) the very next game, and stretched double-digit scoring streak to three games with 11 points at Arizona State (12/13) ... Scored in double-figures a total of five times ... Best WCC output was 11 points vs. Pacific (1/3) ... Other season highs were eight rebounds at Gonzaga (2/14), three assists (four times), two steals (three times) and 34 minutes at Arizona State (12/13).

PEPPERDINE 2013-14: Provided a spark off the bench again as a sophomore ... Averaged 3.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 12.0 minutes ... Appeared in 26 games and started four ... Scored eight points twice: at Santa Clara (1/2) and vs. Saint Mary's (2/8) ... Scored seven points and made the go-ahead three-point play with 3:25 in home win vs. Houston Baptist (12/21) ... Made first career start in home win vs. San Diego (12/28) and had five points and a season-high three assists ... Pulled down a season-high six rebounds at Portland (2/15) ... Played a season-high 28 minutes at Santa Clara (1/2) and had two steals on three occasions.

PEPPERDINE 2012-13: Came off the bench in 28 games as a freshman, earning time as one of the team's top defensive players ... Averaged 2.7 points and 1.6 rebounds in 13.5 minutes ... Scored a season-high 10 points vs. Central Michigan (12/16) after making four of five shots and two of three three-pointers ... Best WCC game was seven points vs. Santa Clara (1/19) ... Claimed five rebounds both at Montana State (11/29) and at San Diego (3/2) ... Played a season-high 27 minutes at Saint Mary's (1/26) and had five points and four rebounds ... Had two assists in the WCC Tournament game vs. San Diego (3/7).

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Seven Lakes High School, located in Katy, Texas, in 2012 ... Played three years on the varsity ... Earned All-District 19-5A first team honors as a senior and junior and was honorable mention as a sophomore ... Also earned All-Region 3 honors as a senior ... Scored more than 1,000 career points and made a school-record 143 three-pointers ... Tied the school single-game records of 35 points and eight three-pointers made in 2010-11 against Houston Reagan ... Averaged 15 points and seven rebounds as a senior, 15 points and five rebounds as a junior and seven points and two rebounds as a sophomore ... Helped Seven Lakes win Katy ISD district titles in 2010 and 2011 ... Made the all-academic team in 2010-11.

CLUB: Played for the Houston Hoopstars and Houston Defenders.

PERSONAL: Born in Baltimore, Md. ... Son of Leonard Russell and LaDonna Russell ... Has three siblings, Jeremy, Nichole and Nygal ... Majoring in economics ... Chose to attend Pepperdine because of "the great academics, the campus atmosphere, it's a Christian school and the great feel I had for the basketball program."

FAVORITES: Has played the clarinet for most of his life ... Favorites include LeBron James (pro basketball player), Miami Heat (pro basketball team), The Bible (book), Love and Basketball (movie), The Office (TV show), Meek Mill (musical artist), pizza (food) and football (sport other than basketball) ... Favorite things about basketball are "it's fun, there's constant action and the people who work the hardest prevail."

Our favorite photos of Atif Russell's junior season.

Posted by Pepperdine Men's Basketball on Tuesday, June 2, 2015
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