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    Detroit Mercy HOFer Frank Russell, of famous basketball family, dies at 72

    Frank Russell, a basketball star from a famous local basketball family who played at the University of Detroit and briefly in the NBA and after his playing days became a fixture in Pontiac and Oakland County youth initiatives and media, has died.

    Russell died Monday, the university confirmed. He was 72 and recently contracted COVID-19, friends said.

    He is the brother of Campy Russell, who played at Michigan, and Walker Russell, who played at Western Michigan. All three of the brothers were drafted into the NBA. Larry Russell also played at Detroit.

    “They just had genes from that family, they were incredible in terms of basketball,” said Earl Cureton, who, like Frank Russell, is a member of the Detroit Mercy athletics Hall of Fame.

    “They were a family of great athletes and great people.”

    Frank Russell was one of 10 kids, raised by their parents in Pontiac, after moving the family from Tennessee.

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