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Karnack's loss, Marshall's gain as Love picks Mavs

By Nathan Hague
Jan. 6, 2017 at 4 a.m.

Carrington Love

When Karnack High School shut down, students had to attend other area high schools. Carrington Love chose Marshall.

"I was surprised because I spent a lot of time there and I was a starter as a freshman," Love said of Karnack.

"He had a choice of here, Waskom or Jefferson," Marshall head basketball coach Bobby Carson said. "He lives here and always has. His mother is a superintendent secretary at Karnack, so she was taking him to school with her every day. We're just really glad he stayed here. He comes from a great family. She's a great lady. He's a great kid. We're glad to have him this year and next year."

Love said the experience of playing at Marshall has helped improve his game.

"I get more exposure and I played with my cousin last year (Tiandre Jackson-Young). My shooting has gotten better. I put the ball on the floor more. I rebound more. I feed the post more and I give my teammates more open looks. Last year I was the sixth man and I didn't have to do as much as this year now that I'm a starter, so I had to step it up."

"He's a great shooter and he has worked hard on his game to be a better defender and a better rebounder and he'll be able to contribute more than just being one-dimensional," Carson said. "We try to stress to these kids be a well-rounded player and not just doing one thing. As he has matured, he has become better in other aspects of the game. He's a gym rat just like Tiandre. You open the door and Carrington is here. You open the door, and Tiandre is here. Everybody comes to practice two hours a day but the ones who are going to excel are the ones doing the extra, like coming up on Sunday night when someone opens the gym or shows up all summer and that's Carrington."

Carson refers to Love as the "Silent Assassin" because he doesn't say much but does damage with the game.

"He started toward the end of last year," Carson continued. "Not only is a good basketball player but he's a good student and he's a really good person. He's fun to be around. You don't always know he's around because he doesn't say much. He does everything he's supposed to do. He's not just an average student, he's a great student. He's not just an average kid, he's a great kid. He has a chance to be a really good basketball player because he works hard."

Love said Carson helped install that work-hard mentality and added he has learned a lot from playing basketball.

"Always keep your eyes forward and never look back, like a car's rear-view mirror," Love stated. "Look in front, don't focus on the past or you'll miss an opportunity in the future."

The Mavericks currently own an overall record of 14-8 and are 0-2 in District 16-5A play. They will try to earn their first district win at home tonight against Mount Pleasant.

"I expect them to play man-to-man," Love said of the Tigers. "They have a good post player and we have to box him out. We have to box everybody out."

Love added he's looking forward to playing back at home.

"The crowd gets engaged with us," he said. "We've got to protect our home court."

Tonight's varsity game is slated to for a 6 p.m. tipoff.



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