Ill. Russell-an 11-time NBA champion who spent most of his early life in the Bay Area and won two NCAA Tournament championships at the University of San Francisco [USF]—Sunday. One day, at the age of 88, he will leave this mortal world. Bill russell is one of the greatest players to ever play the game of basketball and has left a huge legacy as a pivotal figure in the civil rights movement. The Bill russell player hardly took any particular route to make his name in sports. Shining stars like LeBron James can be described as transcendent talents from their earliest years. Players are considered sports heroes to the world, but colleges paid little attention to heroes like Bill russell. Which ignored heroes like Oakland-based Hooper, who moved to the city with his family at the age of eight as a child and. In his senior year at McClammonds High School, he played the only varsity basketball game with his friends,bill Russell spent his junior year on the JV team and outplayed his peers in sports.