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Top scorer KT Harrell has one more shot in Auburn Arena
March 6, 2015

KTHarrell
KT Harrell has been leading the way for Auburn


By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

AUBURN, Ala. -- Coach Bruce Pearl hit the campaign trail Friday, offering up for your consideration one of his Auburn basketball players.

You know, the guy who leads the Southeastern Conference in scoring.

"I would like to make a case for KT being a first-team all-conference player this year," the Auburn coach said.

Facts? Pearl has facts on KT Harrell.

"He leads the league in scoring and 3-point percentage, and is seventh in the nation in 3-point percentage. A lot of times he has to take tough, contested shots. He is our best player. He has improved defensively. It is tough to get a first-team all-conference player on a team that has finished near the bottom of the league, but I think he would start on any team in this conference and that says a lot. I am really proud of him."

Harrell will play his last home game for Auburn against Georgia at 3 p.m. Saturday on Senior Day in the 19-win Bulldogs need to enhance their NCAA fortunes, and a game in which the Tigers want to reward their fans for their loyalty. The last regular-season game will honor senior Harrell, Antoine Mason, Malcolm Canada and K.C. Ross-Miller, though Mason isn't expected to be on hand following the funeral of his father, Anthony Mason, on Friday.

Harrell appreciates Pearl's kind words on All-SEC consideration, but "it is not something I am really focusing on.

"I don't focus on that. I am just trying to play as hard as I can, and I will let the people who decide it make that decision. It is not for me to think about."

Ross-Miller cast his vote, too.

"He has been our leader since Day One," Ross-Miller said. "He has carried us offensively and defensively. He has made big plays for us, and he deserves to be first team."

Mason and Ross-Miller were only at Auburn this season. Canada has been at Auburn two years. Harrell has been on campus for three years.

He took over as the scoring leader this season. Lately, he's been doing it without Mason, Auburn's other primary scorer. Mason has missed the last two games.

Pearl said he doesn't think Mason will return for the game and isn't sure if he'll be back for next week's Southeastern Conference Tournament. Pearl said the Tigers tried to fly to New York on Thursday for Anthony Mason's wake, but bad weather and full flights prevented their departure.

Mason and Ross-Miller were brought in to help Pearl put a competitive lineup on the court in his first year at Auburn.

"We did the best we could with K.C. and Antoine as fifth-year guys. I'm not a huge proponent of the rule, but in this case, it worked out for us. Those guys got a chance to be a part of the Auburn family. We will look back on certain games and know without them we have no chance to win. I will look back at other games and know with them we had no chance to win, either."

"I am going to pull out some positive things... The support has been great, both in the stands and privately. I have not beat up these kids because it is not all their fault. The Auburn family hasn't beaten us up because they recognize our effort, and they see the hope."

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter:

 

 

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