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Posted On: 06/4/18 1:46 PM
Six-foot-1 guard Mason Hedberg of Bishop Ryan became somewhat of a legend this past year at the state tournament and he's continued his fine play into the spring.
Bishop Ryan High School played for the state championship this season and although they came up short in the final, the ability to have the championship experience was the result of a memorable shooting game of Mason Hedberg.
St. John High School had lost two games in two years heading into their semi-final match-up with Hedberg's team and but loss number three was the result of a 23 point performance from Hedberg. Mason shot 7 of 13 in that game and all seven makes were three-pointers that became thunderous excitement from the fan base of the Lions. It was the highlight performance of an All State honored season for Mason Hedberg.
"My high school season was great," Mason told PHD. "I was fortunate to have a great team and it was a lot of fun. This year I think I improved a lot. Especially at putting the ball on the floor and getting to the rim, my ball-handling, and my defense."
Hedberg scored 17 a game as a junior and then moved right into play with the North Dakota Phenom (as well as playing baseball). Mason has been a long time standout for the Phenom and he recently had a lights out shooting performance against one of the top teams in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Crusaders. It was just about good memory of playing with the Phenom.
"This year with Phenom has been a blast," Mason said. "I have a great team of unselfish guys that just want to win. I’ve had a great 5 years with ND Phenom. In the summer my teammates and I just want to go into tournaments and compete and win."
If you've watched Mason compete you can quickly tell he is a no nonsense type of guy that will battle every step of the way to help his team. Second place at state? It was nice but Mason is working hard for more in 2018-19.
"Before my senior year, I want to improve on my pull up jumper, my ball-handling, and finishing at the rim."
College basketball is also something that Mason could have in his future. Schools are making early contact. "I’ve been in contact with Minot State University, Jamestown University, and received mail from the University of Sioux Falls," Hedberg said.