Dunkin’ – he’s got that and a lot more
Pick a dunk, any dunk.
From the timeless 360-degree one-handed jam to the new school pass-it-to-yourself-off-the-backboard-tomahawk, Forest Lake Christian’s Colin Harman is your man.
It was before a recent practice session when the 6-foot, 5-inch senior center put on a slam dunk exhibition. He threw down the afore mentioned dunks as well as a variety of alley-oops and a two-handed Shaq-like rim bender.
“Everybody always asks me, ‘Are you going to get a dunk this game?’ I really haven’t had too many opportunities this year, but everybody always expects it,” he said. “For me, I’d rather just be a consistent post player. When I get the ball, I want to be able to score and play good defense. I want to have my team be able to depend on me.”
First-year Falcon head coach, Davin Johnson said his big man has been just that – dependable – all year.
“He’s as quick as a guard, so he can get out and run in transition. He’s a great shot blocker and probably the best passing post in the league,” Johnson said. “When he’s having a great game scoring, the other team has to double or triple team him. That really opens up the game for our other scorers.”
Harman’s numbers speak for themselves.
He’s leads the team in rebounds (7.5) and blocked shots (3.2) per game, is second in assists per game at 4.1 and and fourth in scoring with eight points a contest..
“He’s easily the best center in our league if not in our section. It’s not common to have a left-handed center and a lot of teams,” teammate James Belch said. “He’s really upset about not playing too much last year. This is the best I’ve ever seen him play.”
Last December, former Falcon head coach Brett Lewis said his duo of 6-foot, 7-inch senior Kevin Holt and Harman would be the one of the Sac-Joaquin Section’s most dominant low post combinations.
He was half right.
Holt, who now plies his trade in a baseball uniform for Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., was the man in the middle as FLC earned a first-ever trip to the division V finals and NorCal championships.
Harman started his junior campaign strong, but a series of injuries sidelined him for a big chunk of the playoff run.
“First it was my ankle, then I dislocated my thumb, then I (cut my arm),” he said. “It was really frustrating seeing how good they were doing and not being able to be a part of it. I could say I was a member of the team, but I wasn’t a part of what they were doing right up until the very end.”
FLC lost in both the section final and NorCal first round, but Harman was determined to get back to full strength.
“People warned me (over the summer) that his focus might be more on music than basketball. But he’s really shown his leadership on the court. He’s always hustling … encouraging” Johnson said. “All of the players respect that and look up to him because he’s not just talking about it, he’s doing it.”
He’s has been injury-free this season and the Falcons have taken off.
FLC (18-9 overall, 10-3 Central Valley Christian League) finished second behind Victory Christian of Carmichael in league and is headed for the postseason as the section’s fifth-rated division V team.
“Winning is great and all, but just being out there with my team is the best part. It’s why I’m out there,” he said.
College basketball would seem to the next logical step, but he has other plans. He’s hoping to trade the high tops for a microphone as a member of the traveling singing group, Primary Focus.
The Christian music group, which is sponsored in part by Liberty University, will spread the gospel across the country through song on a year long tour.
Members will then receive a year’s free tuition at Liberty University.
“My mom was pressuring me to take up a musical instrument, so I decided to go out for choir (instead) and I loved it,” he said. “Music really helps me take my mind off the things that stress me out. It’s also a really good outreach for me to tell people about Christianity.”
Harman will make his solo debut at the Musi-Cal at Capital Christian High School in Sacramento Mar. 7.
“I’m not nervous yet, but I’m sure I will be the closer it gets,” he said.
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