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MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Russell makes big imprint on CLC program

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I will never forget my first impression of Jim Russell in 1996 when he walked into the Brainerd Dispatch office for his first interview as the new head coach of the Central Lakes College men’s basketball team.

I thought, “Boy, is he small!”

Russell stands all of 5-foot-7 with a pair of sneakers on.

“It’s a measuring stick of who I should recruit, and who I shouldn’t recruit,” he joked about his stature.

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