– BY MICHAEL KNIGHT
Carl Albert senior guard Mason Harrell is the staff pick for the 2018 OKPreps Player Of The Year. Harrell has been one of the more dynamic players in the state since bursting on the scene as a freshman. He finished off this year as the most exciting player to watch in Oklahoma high school basketball. Harrell averaged over 30 points per game, leading the Titans back to the 5A state tournament. He finished off his career with four straight state tourney appearances, one state title and one runner-up finish.
Harrell became a player to watch when he hit a buzzer beater as a freshman to give Carl Albert a semifinal win over Memorial, putting them in the title game, where they would fall short to Lawton Eisenhower. That only began the legend of Harrell, who stands at 5’7 and has had to answer size questions his whole career. If you ever watched Harrell play in person, you know that the size questions can end because the kid can absolutely play. This year, Harrell reached new heights with his game. He became an absolute general on the floor for the Titans.
Whether it was filling it up from anywhere on the floor, to getting his teammates involved with some of the nicest passes you’ll see, Harrell could not be stopped by anyone. Harrell would routinely get to the rim and finish against opponents that were a foot taller then him. He’s evolved his game and knows how to get his shot, no matter who the opponent is. He made the bank shot an art form as he would go into the lane, absorb contact, and throw a shot off the glass with the perfect amount of spin and touch to get the bucket.
Harrell finished with over 2,500 points for his career. He finished in the top 30 of all time scoring in Oklahoma history. You can still vote for the Fan’s Favorite winner of the award. Voting will end on Monday at noon. You can vote as many times as you’d like Right Here!
2017 – Trae Young (Norman North)
2016 – Trae Young (Norman North)
2015 – Shake Milton (Owasso)