Moss and Russell sign the dotted line, declare themselves college basketball players

By: Mike Moore | Troy Times | Published November 23, 2011

 Surrounded by family, coaches, teammates and friends, Athens senior Sinclair Russell, center, signed to play college basketball at Oakland University.

Surrounded by family, coaches, teammates and friends, Athens senior Sinclair Russell, center, signed to play college basketball at Oakland University.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

TROY — Less than 30 minutes apart, and only a few miles from one another, a pair of long-time friends and former teammates took part in what had served as a lifelong dream.

For Troy High’s Karin Moss and Troy Athens’ Sinclair Russell, playing college basketball is now a reality.

The pair of senior standouts at their respective schools signed their national letters of intent Nov. 14, officially declaring themselves college basketball players.

Moss to Buffalo

Moss has served as the unquestioned leader at Troy the past few seasons, establishing herself as one of the best guards in the Oakland Activities Association.

When she inked her name to play next year at the University at Buffalo, she said it was a moment she’d waited for since childhood.

“Incredible feeling,” Moss said. “I’ve been wanting to play college basketball since I was a little kid. It’s something I’ve always wanted.”

As a junior, Moss averaged 13.9 points per game and dished out 3.5 assists. She said she’s anxious to get her senior season going this winter.

“We have a good group of girls here with a solid starting lineup and a solid bench,” she said. “I think we’re ready. We’re going to shock some people.”

When asked why she landed on Buffalo, Moss explained it was a no-brainer.

“The coaching staff was just awesome. The vibe I got when I was there was it,” she added. “I just kind of knew that was the place for me. It’s something that fits me perfectly.”

Russell closer to home

For Russell, the decision to stay closer to home and attend Oakland University was an equally simple one.

Other schools came calling.

Other programs offered her the things she was seeking.

“But Oakland was the school that supported me from day one,” Russell said. “They were the first to show interest and to offer me a basketball scholarship. I love the coaching. I love the style of play, and I think it’s a place I can contribute at right away.”

Russell was Athens’ go-to player last season when she averaged 21 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocks as a junior. Much like Moss, her friend and former AAU teammate, Russell is looking forward to her final season in high school, especially now that the whole college-selection process is over.

“Now I can just focus on this team and this year. The stressful part is over,” she said with a laugh. “I think we have a chance to make this a real good year.”