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Charles had a real high arcing rainbow shot. Too bad they didn't have the 3 pointer then. One of Bama's best hoopsters.
1984 300ZX Anniversary Model, 1970 Olds 442 W-30 & Pepper Bird
Oh No!!! CC was my favorite "Bama BB player of all time. I can still see those rainbow shots he used to take ( and make very many). Him and Leon Douglas just have always stood out in my mind when naming all time "Bama greats. R.I.P Mr. Cleveland, you will be missed.
Had the privilege of being at the Miss State game (Starkvegas) in '73 (?) . We trailed the entire game until about 2 mins left, we put on a run..cut it to 1 point. CC took the ball with 23 secs left, dribbled down to 3 seconds and took that beautiful rainbow from about 25 feet......net...set...match...
One of my childhood favorites - Ray Odum , Charles "Boonie" Russell, and Cleveland.
nice memory. anyone find any videos of 70s bama basketball? or do they sadly not exist out of what might be buried in an archive somewhere on campus?
I heard he also dabbled in baseball and once threw a one hitter for the Tide. The lone hit reportedly was an infield roller that could have been fielded. Must've been some athlete!
I was at UA during his playing time there and he was amazing - he would shoot from the other team's locker room it seemed, and more often than not, score. His athletic ability was apparent every time he took the court, Very sad to hear of his passing.
Sorry to hear of his passing. He was one of my favorite Bama players. He could have been a star in any of the three major sports, but Coach Bryant told him that he thought he would be most effective playing basketball. He could fill it up on the BB court. Just a great athlete and guy.
I saw him play when he was at Bibb County. I went to Parrish High (now Selma High) and he went up against Paul Ellis and Glenn Garrett. Parrish won but Charles put on a show as usual.
Losing doesn't make me want to quit. It makes me want to fight that much harder-Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant
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