Har­rell ready for big things

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS - ADAM KEMP, STAFF WRITER

Ma­son Har­rell never let his size dic­tate how he wanted to play.

Time and time again, the 5-foot-9 Carl Al­bert point guard slashed through the lane, hurled him­self into packs of big­ger de­fend­ers and some­how came away with a bas­ket that left op­po­nents scratch­ing their heads.

“I was told early on to never back down,” Har­rell said. “I just al­ways go at ev­ery­thing in at­tack mode.”

Har­rell fin­ishes his var­sity ca­reer with more than 2,700 ca­reer points. Carl Al­bert made the state tour­na­ment four years in a row, win­ning a ti­tle his sopho­more year.

He be­came the all-time scorer in Carl Al­bert his­tory and av­er­aged more than 32 points per game this year while also grab­bing more than four re­bounds. He also dished out 4.4 as­sists a con­test.

Har­rell has been named The Oklahoman’s Su­per 5 Player of the Year.

For Har­rell, it’s been slowly sink­ing in that his high school days are done. Carl Al­bert came up short in the Class 5A state quar­ter­fi­nals, los­ing to Tulsa Wash­ing­ton.

As Har­rell looks back, he said his de­sire to prove him­self prob­a­bly stems from people ques­tion­ing him be­cause of his height.

“I take ev­ery­thing per­sonal with bas­ket­ball,” he said. “I take the lit­tle things in just to fuel me and make me go harder.”

Carl Al­bert coach Jay Price said the one part of Har­rell’s game that no­body can knock him for is the work he put into it.

“I ac­tu­ally got frus­trated with how much he was in the gym some­times,” Price said. “I’d say, ‘will you go home al­ready so I can leave, too.’

“But that’s what sep­a­rates him from a lot of other play­ers. He wants it so bad.”

De­spite all his suc­cess, his dom­i­nat­ing stat lines and the rave re­views from op­pos­ing coaches, Har­rell never saw his re­cruit­ing in­ter­est rise much.

“I heard from a lot of

schools, but they never pulled the trig­ger on me,” Har­rell said. “I think that’s be­cause of my height.”

But just last week, Har­rell signed on to play at Texas State Univer­sity in San Mar­cos.

Har­rell said Texas State coach Danny Kas­par has a his­tory with small point guards and was ex­cited to add him.

“They wanted a point guard and play­maker,” Har­rell said. “I re­ally en­joyed my­self on my visit, and I think it’s a

place I can re­ally im­pact early.”

Har­rell thinks the chip on his shoul­der is there to stay. He likes play­ing with some­thing to prove.

“Mostly I’m just a chill per­son,” Har­rell said. “It’s just some­thing about bas­ket­ball, and I feel like I can score against any­body.

“I’ve proved that and I think I can con­tinue to do big things at the next level.”

Adam Kemp akemp@ oklahoman.com

HIGH SCHOOLS

[PHOTO BY DOUG HOKE, THE OKLAHOMAN]

Su­per 5 Player of the Year Ma­son Har­rell, Carl Al­bert.

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