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ULM men’s basketball signee Russell Harrison, a 6-foot-7 forward from Clarendon (Texas) College, has been named Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Junior College Player of the Year.
Harrison, who earned first-team NJCAA Division I All-America honors as a sophomore, was ranked among the nation’s Top 10 prospects (No. 7) by JucoRecruiting.com. He also was named WJCAC Newcomer of the Year and Player of the Year as well as NJCAA Region V Player of the Year.
Harrison, who led the Bulldogs in both scoring (18.3 points per game) and rebounding (8.2 pg.) last season, scored in double figures in 27 of 30 starts, including 13 20-point games. He averaged 19.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game in conference games.
Harrison collected double-figure rebounds in 13 games, recording 12 double-doubles. He shot 47 percent (190-404) from the field, including 42 percent (77-185) from 3-point range, and 75 percent (93-124) from the free-throw line. Harrison also was credited with 51 assists and 34 steals.
He scored 33 points at Collin College, hitting 11-of-19 field-goal attempts, including 5-of-11 3-pointers, and 6-of-7 free-throw attempts, to go along with five assists and four steals. Harrison netted a season-high 34 points against Frank Phillips College, connecting on 13-of-20 shots from the floor, including 6-of-10 3s, and 2-of-2 from the free-throw stripe.
Led by Coach Isaac Fontenot-Amedee, Clarendon College posted its best record in school history, finishing the 2019-20 season at 29- 3, winning both the Western Junior College Athletic Conference (14-2) and NJCAA Re gion V Championships while qualifying for its first-ever appearance in the NJCAA National Tournament before COVID-19 forced cancellation.
Harrison began his collegiate career at NAIA Wayland Baptist in Plainview, Texas, where he averaged 14.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game as a freshman in 2016-17. He posted double figures in 20 games, including six 20-point efforts, and three double-doubles.
The Lubbock, Texas, native was a three-time all-district selection at Monterey High School where he earned firstteam honors as a senior.