Mercedes Russell

Meet the Week 1 Teams of Athletes Unlimited Basketball

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Alexandra Licata
Jan 23, 2022

The first-ever teams of Athletes Unlimited Basketball were drafted on Sunday afternoon at Athletes Unlimited Arena at Sport Center of Las Vegas. Kelsey Mitchell, Mercedes Russell, Odyssey Sims and DiJonai Carrington each crafted their teams in hopes of opening the week with a win as the five-week season gets underway.

Opening day is Jan. 26, as Team Russell takes on Team Sims at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, live on YouTube and Facebook. Then, fans can flip over to CBS Sports Network at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT for Team Carrington vs. Team Mitchell.

Meet the Teams for Week 1 of Athletes Unlimited Basketball.

Team Mitchell (Gold)

Facilitator: Plenette Pierson

  • Kelsey Mitchell, Guard
  • Tianna Hawkins, Forward
  • Courtney Williams, Guard
  • Sydney Colson, Guard
  • Imani McGee-Stafford, Center
  • Danielle L. McCray, Guard/Forward
  • Jessica Kuster, Forward
  • Akela Maize, Center
  • Air Hearn, Guard
  • Antoinette Thompson, Guard
  • Rebecca Harris, Guard

Team Russell (Orange)

Facilitator: Danielle Viglione

  • Mercedes Russell, Center
  • Taj Cole, Guard
  • Laurin Mincy, Guard
  • Danni M. McCray, Forward
  • Lexie Brown, Guard
  • Nikki Greene, Center
  • Lauren Manis, Forward
  • Antoinette Bannister, Guard/Forward
  • Chelsea Phillips, Forward
  • CC Andrews, Guard
  • Takoia Larry, Forward

Team Sims (Blue)

Facilitator: Pokey Chatman

  • Odyssey Sims, Guard
  • Kalani Brown, Center
  • Kiki Harrigan, Forward
  • Briahanna Jackson, Guard
  • Kirby Burkholder, Guard
  • Essence Carson, Guard
  • Drew Edelman, Center
  • Becca Wann-Taylor, Guard/Forward
  • Grace Hunter, Guard
  • Shannon McCallum, Guard
  • Tina Roy, Guard

Team Carrington (Purple)

Facilitator: Shelley Patterson

  • DiJonai Carrington, Guard/Forward
  • Isabelle Harrison, Forward
  • Natasha Cloud, Guard
  • Jantel Lavender, Forward
  • Destinee Walker, Guard
  • MeMe Jackson, Guard
  • Dominique Wilson, Guard
  • Toccara Ross, Forward
  • Brittany Carter, Guard
  • Marjorie Butler, Guard
  • Ty Young, Guard

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