March 10, 2008
QUEENS, N.Y. -
St. John's junior captain Anthony Mason Jr. and freshman big man Justin Burrell were listed among the BIG EAST Conference's top players on Monday, as both were named to named to respective all-league squads. Mason Jr. received an honorable mention nod - the first All-BIG EAST honor of his career - while Burrell was included on the 11-man BIG EAST All-Rookie Team.
Mason Jr. was the Red Storm's top scorer (14.0 points per game) and third-leading rebounder (4.4 rebounds per game) despite missing eight games this season with ankle injuries. The 6-7, 209-pound native of Memphis, Tenn., stepped up his game during BIG EAST play, averaging 15.7 ppg to rank 13th among all conference players in scoring. His 41.0 percent shooting clip from long range and his 2.1 3-pointers per game during conference contests ranked second and eighth, respectively. After missing three games with an ankle contusion in early February, Mason Jr. finished strong. He averaged 15.0 points with 4.6 rebounds, while shooting 41.7 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from long distance, in 33.3 minutes over the final seven games of the regular season.
Mason Jr. was the recipient of weekly honors from the BIG EAST Conference and the New York Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (MBWA) on Jan. 28, after he posted back-to-back career-high 29-point performances against No. 13/17 Pitt (Jan. 23) and then on the road at Louisville (Jan. 26).
Burrell, a 6-8, 235-pound freshman from the Bronx, received the all-rookie nod as St. John's second-leading scorer (10.8 ppg) and top rebounder (5.9 rpg). The freshman reached double-figures in scoring in 17 of the Red Storm's 30 games during the 2007-08 season, and went for more than 20 points two times.
In BIG EAST play, the big man averaged 10.9 points and 5.2 rebounds, and connected on 44-of-58 free throw attempts in league play (.759). Burrell posted a team-leading six double-doubles overall on the year, and two in BIG EAST contests -- scoring 18 points with 11 rebounds in his fourth league game vs. DePaul (Jan. 12), after netting 21 points and grabbing 12 boards in his BIG EAST debut at Syracuse (Jan. 2).
For his performance at Syracuse and his 13-point, five-rebound follow-up effort in St. John's BIG EAST home win over Cincinnati (Jan. 5), Burrell was named to the MBWA Weekly Honor Roll.
A complete listing of the 2008 All-BIG EAST Teams is available here.