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Cazzie Russell, x’66, ’92

Cazzie Russell
University of Michigan News and Information Services Photographs, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan

There’s a reason Crisler Center is known as “The House That Cazzie Built.” Men’s basketball played at Yost Field House before Russell generated so much enthusiasm that Crisler was built. He led U-M to three conference crowns before a professional career spanning 12 seasons in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

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