2008 Guard Harthun Eyes State Title

Wouldn't it be something if Lake Oswego and South Medford met again for the state title? We talk title, the season and recruiting with South's Michael Harthun.

If the two teams win out, Lake Oswego and South Medford are on a collision course -- again -- to meet in the state finals.

Last season, Kevin Love and Lake Oswego denied Kyle Singler and then sophomore Michael Harthun's bid to win states. There's already a buzz around ticket sales for the title game should the two meet again.

While Singler and Love duel for player of the year honors in Oregon, junior Michael Harthun continues to go about his business to the tune of 20 points and 4.7 assists. The long-range marksman has made 56 3-pointers during his junior season.

However, Harthun's been manning the controls of the South Medford ship, playing a point guard position he's quite familiar with.

"It's definitely been a good year for me," Harthun said. "We've run stuff through Kyle; it's his senior year. For me, it's been a good season. I've just been trying to share the ball with my teammates. Winning has been huge and we want that state championship."

While Harthun will surely miss the Frisbee golf sessions and tennis matches with his buddy Singler, for sure that time on the court together will be most cherished.

"For me, it's almost like natural," Harthun said. "I've been playing with him since I was in 4th grade and he was 5th grade. Even still I notice how special a player he is. We've got a good friendship and I try to take advantage of every moment together on and off the court."

From a collegiate perspective, Harthun has his share of admirers. He speaks with Oregon and Oregon State who he says "leaves the ball in my court." Montana, Washington State and Pepperdine have offered.

"A big thing for me is that I got invited to the Nike Skills Academy with Steve Nash. That'll be big for me in the recruiting process with the coach's seeing my game."

There's a definite preference – as it's reflected in his list – for staying on the West Coast and the junior should have no problem making that happen. But for now, the focus is solely on the state title run which continues Thursday night with a matchup against Portland Grant and guard Paul McCoy.

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