The Coach Behind The Glasses
The man with the handles and the player who represents "heart over height" standing at only 6 feet has made a huge impact for the NLAB basketball program.
Khaneal Mason, from Fresno California has years of experience in the game of basketball.
"Honestly, I have been playing basketball for pretty much as long as I could remember. I've always loved sports and basketball has always been my favorite. I legitimately love the of basketball," said Mason.
Alumnus of the University of La Verne, Mason focused on school first as any student athlete should. While playing at La Verne during his four-year career, Mason played in 95 games shooting 43% from the field at the one spot which he was not accustom too.
"I played point guard mostly in growing up, but in high school I played off the ball a lot more as we always had great guards at Clovis West High school. I came into college as a combo guard but injuries pushed me to primary point guard," said Mason.
His experience at the University of La Verne was more than just the game of basketball. He accomplished a great goal that every college student wants.
"I loved playing at ULV. I got the opportunity to play major minutes for four years and my class left a mark on the program. We helped change the culture. I majored in psychology and I learned so much, plus there's nothing like walking across that stage on graduation," said Mason.
Mason loves working with the kids at NLAB. He comes in with a fun, positive attitude but also knows how to guide the athletes in the right direction when it comes to not only their athletic ability but outside of basketball as well.
"Seeing the improvement everybody has been making and hearing stories about how they are playing so well in their games is what makes NLAB so great. I have to mention the incredible jobs Coach Carter and Coach Shannon do to make my job easy."