Posted On: 10/9/18 2:00 PM

Mason Lomax is ready to rise to the top. Last year, the all-around 6-foot-1, 175-pound guard played a supporting role at Sprague High School to manchild Teagan Quitoriano. But now that the big man is off playing football at Oregon State, Lomax is set to become the man and he’s ready for the challenge.

Lomax recently got a chance to show his stuff at the Prime Time Top 40 Showcase in Portland. While he didn’t get many touches, he did attack the basket when he got the chance and it was overall a good experience. “I didn’t think I played my best,” Lomax said. “But it was good competition and it was fun.”

This past summer, Lomax was able to further develop his game by playing AAU basketball with Hoop Salem’s 16U squad – which happened to be coached by his father, former Willamette assistant Nelson Lomax.

“I’ve been playing for my dad pretty much my whole life so it was the same with him,” Lomax said. “But playing with all different guys was cool. We did alright and won a couple of tournaments and it was cool playing in front of a lot of coaches.”

Lomax felt he was able to utilize his athleticism in AAU ball, getting rebounds and getting his teammates involved while playing the point. He’s been able to get some early college recruiting interest from the likes of Seattle University, Pepperdine, Portland State, and Eastern Washington, but he’s aiming high when it comes to college. “I really want to go to the Pac-12,” Lomax said. “I think that would be good for me.”

Lomax still has a couple of years to make an impression – and he’ll get his chance this upcoming year as the main guy at Sprague.

“We’re going to be a young team – I’m like the second oldest on the team. I’m also pretty much the biggest guy on the team so I’ll pretty much have to do everything – get rebounds, score a lot, get all my teammates involved, play defense and everything. But I think we can win the conference and get to Chiles.”