A Q and A with Landon Harrison By Joe Randazzo

Landon Harrison, junior point guard, is averaging over 20 points a game through the first month of the basketball season. The Crusaders will play Bolivar on Wednesday night at the Rackers’ Fieldhouse.

Q: How do you think the season has gone so far this year?

A: Quite honestly it has gone quite well and better than I anticipated considering we are such a young team without much varsity experience. However, I think we have had great leadership step up.

Q: Do you want to play in college? If so where do you want to play?

A: Yes. I want to play in college at a school that is the best fit for me, playing the sport I love, and getting the best education possible.

Q: Have you played with a particular teammate for a long time? How has this helped your team?

A: Yes, Nathan Bax and I have played with each other ever since the beginning of grade school. This helps our chemistry. I think that our other teammates feed off the energy we bring to every game and this helps the team be successful.
Q: Do you play AAU? For what team?

A: Yes, I’ve played AAU for the past two years for the Missouri Combat which is based out of the Mid-Missouri area and St. Louis.

Q: How long have you played?

A: I have played ever since I was three years old when my Dad first put a basketball in my hands.

Q: Did you parents play sports?

A: Yes, my Mom ran track and my Dad played basketball and baseball.

Q: Do you have siblings, do they play sports?

A: Yes I have two younger sisters, one is a freshman, and she plays basketball and softball. The other is in fourth grade and she plays soccer and basketball.

Q: How would you describe your relationship with Coach Buffington?

A: We have a pretty close relationship. He holds me accountable all the time, on and off of the court. I feel like I can go to him if the team has any type of an issue.

Q: What would you say the mood of the team is?

A: I think that this is the most exciting team that I have been a part of.  I think we feed off of our energy in games and that’s a reason we have been so successful thus far.

Q: What are your thoughts on Bolivar?

A: They’re one of the top ranked teams in class 4 in the state and we are going to have to play very well in our home environment to be successful.  I think we have prepared well this week and if we do the things we are capable of doing, the rest will take care of itself.

Q: Who is the best player you’ve played against?

A: Definitely, Michael Porter who played at Father Tolton last year. He is not your average high school player and is predicted to be a first round draft pick in a few years.

Q: Who do we play in the Great 8 Tournament later this month?

A: This is one of the most exciting parts of the year. Our first game is against Oxford, Mississippi, who is a very talented team with a couple of really good guards. Their point guard Jarkel Joiner is averaging 38 points per game through their first four games. This will be a great opportunity for us to prove to people we can play with tough competition. Hopefully, we can make another Great 8 Tournament title run.

Q: What is a strategical reason for the team’s success?

A: Our 2-3 zone is working great right now and has helped lead to our success. With a team of quick guards like we have, it allows us to really pressure teams and this leads to our offensive success as well. I think that our team this year feeds off of our defensive intensity.


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