Harrell ready for big things
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.”
Super 5 Player of the Year Mason Harrell, Carl Albert.