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Russell and Gaines signed basketball scholarships with Southeastern Baptist College last week.

Curtis Russell and Chakevius Gaines have played basketball together for some time now.

“It’s good because we come from the same high school,” said Russell. “We grew up together. This opportunity feels good because we are able to do it together.”

“We’ve played middle school together, we’ve played city league together, and we’ve played high school together,” added Gaines. “And now we’re playing college ball together. It’s a blessing.”

They’ll continue to be teammates beyond high school. Russell and Gaines signed basketball scholarships with Southeastern Baptist College last week.

"Both guys bring a defensive intensity with them," said Chargers head coach Broderick Hall. "They have a high IQ when it comes to the game of basketball and toughness. I know Coach [Kendrick] Davis at Wayne County, and he pushes his guys [to be that way].

"They both come from basketball families, so the pedigree they have will help our team progress and hopefully help us go back and win another championship."

Hall also touched on the chemistry Russell and Gaines bring to the team, having played together already.

"The chemistry they have together will be good for our team," said Hall. "They know each other already, and they know the tendencies of each other. It will help the flow of our offense."

Gaines said playing college ball has been a dream of his since he can remember.

"I've wanted to play [college] basketball my whole life," said Gaines. "I love this sport, and I've never given up on it. It's a blessing to be here."