On Mason Jr.: One of the most dynamic scorers and playmakers in the BIG EAST, who earned honorable mention All-BIG EAST honors and first team accolades from the New York Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (MBWA) as a junior in 2007-08 ... averaged 14.0 points per game as a junior, including a 15.7 ppg average in conference contests ... was averaging 14.0 ppg three games into 2008-09 before being cut down by a foot injury ... his rehab and recovery efforts from season-ending foot surgery were documented by the MTV True Life reality series ... ranks sixth among the Red Storm's all-time 3-point shooters with 109 headed into his final season ... boasts a tremendous perimeter game with excellent post-up skills as well ... his outstanding wingspan and quickness are a benefit on the defensive end ... can score in a variety of ways - can shoot, put it on the floor, finish in transition or slash to the basket.
Norm Roberts on Mason Jr.: "Mason is going to have to play multiple positions for us, so it was important for him to get stronger in the offseason, despite battling through some injuries. He is going to play some four; he is going to play the three; he is going to play the two. He is going to play different positions for us. You know he is going to help our perimeter shooting and perimeter play because of his size. We are really excited about his coming back and about what he can do, but he knows his strength is a big key for him and he's got to get stronger this year and stay healthy."
As a Senior in 2008-09: A medical redshirt season... put forward a 24-point effort against Cornell (Nov. 17) on 9-of-14 shooting, and netted 12 points with six assists and five boards against Boston College (Nov. 18), shooting 44.4 percent from the field across the two contests as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off opening rounds ... scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds in St. John's season-opening win over LIU (Nov. 14) ... announced on Nov. 21 that he would be forced to miss the rest of the season when a MRI revealed a torn peroneal tendon in his right foot, suffered during the B.C. game ... John Kennedy, M.D., of the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, performed the corrective surgery on Dec. 15, 2008 ... after months of rest, recuperation, physical therapy and strength and conditioning work, was cleared to return to the court for offseason voluntary workouts in early June ... officially granted a medical hardship by the BIG EAST Conference on Tuesday, July 21.
As a Junior in 2007-08: Was an honorable mention All-BIG EAST selection and earned first team All-Met accolades from the MBWA despite missing eight games with a high ankle sprain and related minor injuries ... played in 22 games on the year, starting 16, and averaged a team-leading 14.0 ppg to go along with 4.4 rebounds per contest ... scoring output increased to 15.7 ppg in BIG EAST conference contests, ranking 13th among all league players ... grabbed 5.1 rpg in conference games as well ... finished second on the team with 37 made 3-pointers ... added 2.3 assists per game ... reached double-digits in scoring 16 times, including four efforts of 20 or more points ... posted back-to-back career-high scoring performances, netting 29 points vs. then-No. 13/17 Pittsburgh at home (Jan. 23) and Louisville (Jan. 26) on the road ... drilled a career-high 12-of-17 field goals vs. Pitt at Madison Square Garden, which included a 3-of-4 mark from long-distance ... career-high 40-minute effort at Louisville included a career-high 7-of-11 3-pointers, good enough to tie for the second-most in a single game by a St. John's player ... contributed 24 points, including the game-deciding 3-pointer, vs. Seton Hall at Carnesecca Arena (March 1) ... went 9-for-15 from the field and 5-for-7 from long range against the Pirates, to go along with six rebounds ... registered 20 points on a 7-for-15 field goal effort at The Garden against then-No. 25/24 Marquette (Feb. 20) ... tallied 17 points with five boards in a 37-minute effort vs. West Virginia at The Garden in the team's season finale (March 8) ... 16 points at then-No. 19/19 Notre Dame (March 5) included a 4-for-8 3-point mark ... dropped in 12 points with a season-high tying nine boards against Villanova at The Garden (Feb. 16) after missing three-straight games with an ankle contusion ... poured in 14 points to go along with five rebounds on the road at West Virginia (Jan. 17) ... contributed 11 points, eight rebounds and a career-high tying six assists vs. DePaul (Jan. 12) at home in Queens ... scored 14 with nine caroms and four assists at UConn (Jan. 8) ... recorded 17 points in 36 minutes in a win over Cincinnati at Carnesecca Arena (Jan. 5) ... named to the Holiday Festival All-Tournament Team after averaging 12.0 points, 4.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds in two games against Marist and Virginia Tech (Dec. 28-29) ... scored 18 points vs. Tulane (Dec. 22) in just 23 minutes of action in the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic ... drilled 6-of-8 field goals and made 4-of-6 free throws to tally 17 points at Hawaii (Dec. 21) ... played 17 minutes against Ohio (Dec. 19), scoring four points and adding two rebounds after missing much of the first six games due to injury ... made first appearance of season vs. LIU (Nov. 28) and grabbed three boards to go along with two points and two assists in 20 minutes ... served as one of the Red Storm's tri-captains, along with Eugene Lawrence and Tomas Jasiulionis.
As a Sophomore in 2006-07: Played in 31 games and made 29 starts ... averaged 11.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, finishing second among all Red Storm players in both categories, and earning second team All-Met honors from the MBWA ... reached double-figures in scoring 20 times and led the Red Storm in scoring on seven occasions ... netted 11.9 ppg in BIG EAST contests, and led the team with 6.4 rpg in conference games, finishing 18th among all players in league matchups ... led the team with 11 blocks in league action ... finished third on the squad with 41 made 3-pointers ... contributed 2.0 assists per outing ... grabbed at least six rebounds in 15 of his last 19 contests, including three double-figure rebounding efforts ... recorded two double-doubles and averaged 6.8 rpg over that span ... was the Red Storm's leading scorer and rebounder in road games, averaging 14.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg and 46.5 percent field goal shooting ... scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds with four 3-pointers in his first-career BIG EAST Tournament game vs. then-No. 18 Marquette (March 7) ... contributed 17 points on 6-of-13 field goals and 3-of-5 shots from long range in the regular-season finale vs. Providence at The Garden (March 4) ... drilled four 3-pointers, scoring 19 points and grabbing eight rebounds at Louisville (Feb. 21) ... scored 19 points, including 14 in the first half, at Providence (Feb. 17) ... also added three rebounds, two assists and three steals in 38 minutes vs. the Friars ... knocked down 9-of-12 field goals, scoring 21 points, connecting on three 3-pointers and grabbing six rebounds at Syracuse (Feb. 11) ... scored nine points and grabbed eight rebounds vs. then-No. 22/21 Notre Dame (Jan. 23) ... posted his third double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds vs. Syracuse (Jan. 21) ... set what was then a career-high with four 3-point field goals in the contest vs. the Orange at Madison Square Garden and tied a career-best with two blocked shots ... posted his second road double-double of the season at Seton Hall (Jan. 11) with 22 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in 33 minutes ... scored three points and led the team with eight rebounds and six assists in 32 minutes at then-No. 25 West Virginia (Jan. 6) ... contributed 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds at Niagara (Dec. 9) ... shot 9-of-13 from the field against the Purple Eagles for his first career 20-plus point performance and third career double-double ... filled up the stat sheet against then-No. 18 Texas (Nov. 17), scoring 13 points, grabbing six rebounds, recording four assists and blocking a shot in 31 minutes.
As a Freshman in 2005-06: Appeared in 24 contests, making 23 starts ... 8.4 points per game overall and in BIG EAST games ranked fourth on the team ... registered nine games of double-figure scoring ... averaged 4.9 rebounds overall and 5.8 in conference matchups, ranking second on the squad ... finished second on the team with 28 3-point field goals ... averaged 9.4 points and 4.6 rebounds and shot 36.1 percent from 3-point range (13-of-36) in eight games at Madison Square Garden ... returned from an ankle injury to play 34 minutes against Rutgers in the season finale (March 5) ... scored 12 points, grabbed six rebounds and had two assists in a solid all-around effort against the Scarlet Knights ... his 12-point performance at Providence (Feb. 4) featured a pair of 3-pointers ... recorded his second career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds at Marquette (Feb. 1) ... contributed 14 points (12 in the second half) and grabbed 11 rebounds for his first career double-double against then-No. 17/15 Louisville (Jan. 17) ... also blocked a shot and had two assists in 33 minutes vs. the Cardinals ... scored in double figures for his second-straight game in a Red Storm win at USF (Jan. 14), hitting on 4-of-5 shots and 4-of-6 free throws for 13 points ... also grabbed eight rebounds against the Bulls and blocked a career-high two shots ... filled up the stat sheet against Georgetown (Jan. 8), scoring 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out three assists in 35 minutes ... knocked down 6-of-11 field goals and 3-of-6 3-pointers in scoring 15 points in 24 minutes against Columbia (Dec. 27) ... scored 13 points with three assists against Marist (Dec. 17) in his first game at Madison Square Garden ... also added five rebounds and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Red Foxes ... put together a pair of eight-rebound performances against Charleston Southern (Dec. 3) and Stony Brook (Dec. 7) ... registered 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting and grabbed five rebounds against St. Francis (Nov. 22) ... netted six points and pulled down four offensive rebounds in his first career game against UMES (Nov. 19) ... averaged 18.3 points per game, leading a group of Northeastern NCAA All-Stars to a 7-0 record during a tour of the Bahamas in June 2006.
At Fairley High School: A two-year varsity letterwinner at Fairley ... was an all-state selection as a senior, averaging 20.0 points, nine rebounds and four assists ... rated a top 25 prospect at small forward by several recruiting publications ... earned MVP honors in the district tournament and the McDonald's tournament ... averaged 16 points with eight rebounds as a junior ... high school coach was Sylvester Ford.
Personal: Anthony G. Mason Jr. ... born in Florida ... son of Monica Bryant and Anthony Mason Sr. ... has three brothers, Marvell (17), Antoine (17) and the late Dante (9) ... a member of the National Honor Society in high school ... father, Anthony Sr., attended high school with Norm Roberts at Springfield Gardens in Queens before starring at Tennessee State and playing in the NBA ... father averaged 11.0 points and 8.3 rebounds over a 13-year professional career, during which he played for the New York Knicks from 1992-95 ... majoring in communication arts.
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