The 11-time NBA champion Bill Russell was raised primarily in the Bay Area.

Died away peacefully on Sunday at the age of 88 after winning two NCAA Tournament Championships at the University of San Francisco (USF).

Russell is remembered for his contributions to the civil rights movement and for being one of the best basketball players of all time.

He didn't quite follow the conventional route to sports fame

Russell received minimal attention from universities, despite the fact that stars like LeBron James were considered to be transcendent generational abilities from a young age.

He spent his junior year on the JV team at McClymonds High School and only participated in varsity basketball his senior year.

All of that changed when he attended USF, the only university to provide him a scholarship, and began competing in high jump.

The 11-time NBA champion Bill Russell was raised primarily in the Bay Area.

And, after a productive season on the freshmen team, was promoted to the starting centre position under head coach Phil Woolpert.

In his second season, he was the team's top scorer for a 14-7 record.

Then, who averaged over 20 points and 20 rebounds per game in each of both seasons, guided the Dons to back-to-back national titles in 1955 and 1956.

In the 1950s, Bill Russell "helped put USF on the map," according to the current president Rev.

John Paul Fitzgerald "We appreciate him for more than just his numerous accomplishments to the athletic department and our community.

In addition to his courage and dedication to achieving justice, both on and off the basketball court, he received a Jesuit education.

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