Landen Russell signing day

Landen Russell (center, sitting) with his basketball teammates

THORNVILLE – Sheridan senior Landen Russell is staying close to home after officially signing to play basketball for Muskingum University.

Athletic Director Lance Dupler held a signing event for Russell on April 23. Russell was joined by teammates, friends, and parents.

“It feels good,” Russell said when asked about the feeling of becoming a collegiate student-athlete. “I always knew it was one of my main goals, to play college basketball, [I] just wasn’t sure where it would take me.”

While the recruiting process this year had its challenges, Russell says he was fortunate to meet some of the players and coaches in-person, as well as catch a game.

Obviously, it was a little bit challenging due to COVID-19 but I was lucky enough to go to Muskingum and watch a game there,” Russell said. “After watching the game and talking to [Head Coach Travis] Schwab and getting a little connection with the players it felt like home.”

Speaking of home, playing close to home was also a big factor for Russell.

“I always wanted to stay close so my family could come watch me, so I’m pretty happy I could go to [Muskingum]” Russell said.

While the senior said he has high expectations of himself, he’s looking to fit in to the program right away.

“I’m hoping to step in and make a spark in the program,” Russell said. “Hopefully with my work ethic and hard work on the court I’ll be able to make a change.”

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