It’s enough to warrant a lot of high fives from students, faculty and administrators when she treks across campus.
Harriel aspires to be the valedictorian for her graduating class in two years, and she wants to someday become a judge.
“I just love to learn, and I never want to stop,” Harriel said. “No matter what situation I am in, I want to be able to know about it. I want to improve my intelligence.
“I want to be a judge because I see a lot of stuff that goes on in the world, a lot of injustice, and it upsets me.”
This is the nice-girl Harriel speaking. She’s polite, engaging, all smiles and cheer.
The competitive Harriel is a warrior, eager to take one off the dribble, or to pull up for a jumper, or to muscle in for rebounds.
The region’s only 5-star recruit and the area’s first since Vicki Baugh of Sacramento in 2007, the 5-foot-10 Harriel averaged 23.4 points, 12.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.9 steals for a team that went 31-4. She’s on her way to becoming an all-time area great.
She’s an athletic combo guard who has garnered scores of national recruiting interest, including from Stanford.
“My parents always told me that off the court, you’re supposed to be a polite young lady,” Harriel said. “But on the court? That’s your zone, and go out there and be a dog.”
Harriel has grown up in an athletic household and had to fend for herself in pick-up games. No one cut her any slack.
Her father and older brother, both named Mister Harriel, were Bee All-Metro basketball players, her dad at Valley and brother at Antelope. Her brother was a defensive back football star at Sacramento State who hopes to land on an NFL roster this spring.
Jzaniya Harriel works with her brother and father regularly on her game and conditioning.
“I owe everything to them,” she said. “They taught me how to work, how to prepare.”
Harriel has impressed her Antelope coach with her drive to excel.
“Jzaniya is a rock star, a special kid, way ahead of the game, ahead of everyone else, and we’re just living in her world,” Antelope coach Sean Chambers said. “She’s the hardest-working kid I’ve ever seen in this area, and I’ve been coaching around here for 20 years. Her biggest skill is competitiveness, and she’s never rattled.
“And she wants to do better, to do more.”
Sacramento Bee 2018-19 Girls All-Metro Teams
* How the teams were selected: The Bee’s All-Metro teams were picked through personal observation, input from area coaches, NorCal media and college recruiters. Team impact in the playoffs was paramount.
Player of the Year:
G Jzaniya Harriel, Antelope, So.
Coach of the Year:
Scott Gilliland, Union Mine
G Nailah Dillard, Inderkum, Sr.
G Nia Lowery, McClatchy, Sr.
F Madison Parry, Del Oro, Jr.
G Gabby Rones, West Campus, Jr.
G RyAnne Walters, Sacramento, Sr.
C Carley Zaragoza, Union Mine, Sr.
G Andriana Avent, Sacramento, Sr.
G Grace Bliss, Colfax, Jr.
F Kamryn Hall, McClatchy, Sr.
G Jada Lewis, Whitney, Sr.
G Anaya Mejia, Bradshaw Christian, Jr.
G Alli McDonald, Union Mine, Jr.
F Bria Shine, Christian Brothers, Jr.
G Tyra Al Mujadidi, Placer, Sr.
G Charity Gallegos, Folsom, So.
G Cristina Oliva, Davis, Sr.
G Bernada Rreshpja, Valley Christian, Sr.
C Arianna Spann, Antelope, Sr.
G Maile Williams, Capital Christian, Jr.
F Samaya Beatty, McClatchy, Jr.
F Muirae Gomez, Sacramento, Sr.
G Jasmine Hess, Cosumnes Oaks, Sr.
G Cookie Marques, Bradshaw Christian, Sr.
C Jordyn Rosette, Cosumnes Oaks, Sr.
G Chance Sims, Christian Brothers, Sr.
G Meadow Aragon, Nevada Union, Sr.
F Hanna Beckman, Folsom, Sr.
F Kailani Fox, Cosumnes Oaks, Jr.
G Rylie Hardin, Elk Grove, Jr.
G Kaiija Lesane, Antelope, So.
G Diamond Richardson, Grant, So.
Nika Bagatelos, St. Francis; Caitlin Barton, Franklin; Amani Britton, Elk Grove; Jasalyn Brown, Bradshaw Christian; Rebekah Brown, Sacramento; Teagan Brown, Oak Ridge; Emily Brustman, Whitney; Stella Chavez, Colfax; Maya Chelini, Elk Grove; Malia Clark, Franklin; Sophie Covello, Woodcreek; Kyla Denault, Union Mine; Jenna Duley, Del Oro; Ali Edwards, Grant; Jillian Friedman, El Camino; Preet Gill, Oakmont; Jordan Goodwin, Antelope; Lili Hammons, Pioneer; Aaliyah Harris, Bradshaw Christian; Lauren Helwig, Oak Ridge; Pati Hernandez, Pioneer; Sarah Hinton, Delta; Jessica Huffhines, Rio Linda; Maylene Hughes, Center; Erica Ingram, Oak Ridge; Amber Jackson, Forest Lake Christian; Chardonay Jones, Monterey Trail; Angel Jordan, Antelope; Delayney Keddie, Placer; Kalyyna Kim, Lincoln; Lindsey King, Sacramento Waldorf; Selah Kitchiner, Center; Brianna Lambey, Whitney; Madi Law, Roseville; Anne Lillis, Placer; Keegan Linke, Lincoln; Rachel Loya, Golden Sierra; Emika Love, Cordova; Natalie Lundberg, Colfax; Makenzie MacFarlane, Whitney; Brenna Mellish, Western Sierra; Erikah Mitchell, Natomas; Peyton Mitcheom, Granite Bay; Lindsey Moody, Vista del Lago; Rashida Myers, West Campus; Michelle Ogunsuyi, Franklin; Sophie Olson, Oak Ridge; Jazzy Owens, Colfax; Alissa Pascoe, Woodland Christian; Eden Perry, Woodcreek; Kim Quicksall, El Dorado; Jordan Patterson-Reid, Bradshaw Christian; Jessie Ruffner, Rocklin; Haley Sanchez, Galt; Alyssa Sandle, Roseville; Taylor Sexton, El Dorado; Lizzie Souza, Western Sierra; Niya Stubbs, Florin; Lily Sween, Forest Lake Christian; Izzy Tinoco, River Valley; Tayla Thompson, Monterey Trail; Zoe Tillery, Laguna Creek; Jenna Waki, McClatchy; Ateca Williams, Mira Loma; Ahrray Young, Laguna Creek.