2008's Haralson Finds The Mark

Hard work is paying off. Provine's Scottie Haralson has been on the mark from the perimeter this season thanks to a comfort level he's found on the wing.

Scottie Haralson wasn't always a 6-foot-4 shooting guard. In fact, it's a position the junior from Jackson (Miss.) Provine is having to get used to.

"With the transition it's hard," Haralson said. "I was playing the post my 10th grade year. I had to adjust to getting into shape better because you've got to run more and handle it better."

So, heading into his junior season Haralson began thinking like a wing player. He was average last spring and summer but against Oak Hill at the Marshall County HoopFest, he turned it on. Actually, he's been tearing it up all season.

The junior shooter torched the Mighty Warriors for 8 3-pointers and 28 points. He participated in the event's 3-point shootout before the game and didn't fare so well but once the lights went on it was a different story.

"I just calmed down and coach told me to let the game come to me."

Last spring, Haralson was looking more like a small forward than the two guard he projects to be. His body has changed and now that he's dropping trifectas regularly he's effectively made the switch.

"My mindset is that I'm trying to get in the gym and work hard on my shot everyday. I go to the gym on my off time and coach works me out. I try to listen to Coach Riley and make sure he gives me the right mindset."

So far places like UAB, Mississippi, Alcorn State, Penn State, Virginia Tech and Baylor have been in touch. Haralson would be the first to tell you he's not done working.

"I think I'm a mid-major level but I think I'm going to get (to be a high-major). I'm going to work hard."


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