Ro Russell building a contender 

September, 10, 2010
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Christian Faith Center Academy in Creedmoor, N.C. has been off the national radar of elite high school basketball programs in recent years, but that is all about to change because coach Ro Russell has quietly assembled a group of players that should help the school compete against the established programs.

Although it may sound like a tough task to build a program from relative obscurity into a national power, it is more understandable when you understand that Russell's connections in his native country of Canada and overseas should accelerate the process. Russell is well known on the spring and summer circuit with Canada's Grassroots program and was instrumental in Cory Joseph, Tristan Thompson, Myck Kabongo and others coming to the United States to play high school ball. Now that Russell has his own program, look for a good number of elite prospects to matriculate to the North Carolina campus.

The vision of fielding a nationally-competitive program started with headmaster Tim Timberlake. He hired Russell and is very supportive of the program and embraces the foreign student contribution to the overall campus community.

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