HIGHLIGHTS: Harmon Hawks center Mike Carson

By NICK SLOAN, NJSloan212@gmail.com

Last year was a special season for Harmon Hawks big man Mike Carson.

Often overshadowed by Branden Roark, Carson emerged as a solid player for a Hawks team that was just one win away from a state championship last season.

Carson averaged 14.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks a game for the Hawks last season.

However, it was in the state tournament where Carson shined.

After a great performance against Mill Valley in the sub-state championship, Carson played very well in the state tournament. In three games, he averaged 14 points and 8 rebounds a game, including shooting well above 60 percent from the field.

With Roark graduating from Harmon last spring, Carson figures to be the featured player on the Harmon Hawks roster this season.

No one in Kansas City, Kan., can handle Carson size wise and strength-wise, meaning he should also be a prime candidate for the KCK Preps Player of the Year, along with the KCKAL's Player of the Year.

He's my personal choice for the preseason player of the year.

Below are some highlights from his junior season.