Sept. 16, 2009
QUEENS, N.Y. - A story more than 10 months in the making hit the airwaves on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m., as the "MTV True Life" documentary series chronicling Red Storm senior Anthony Mason Jr.'s recovery from foot surgery premiered. The True Life episode, titled "I'm Rehabbing My Injury," featured Mason Jr. and two high school athletes, carrying viewers through the ups and downs of career-threatening sports injuries and charting their exhilarating paths toward recovery.
A season ago in 2008-09, after scoring six points in St. John's season-opening win over LIU (Nov. 14), Mason Jr. put forward a 24-point effort against Cornell (Nov. 17) and netted 12 points against Boston College (Nov. 18), shooting 44.4 percent from the field across the two latter contests as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off. It was 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, Mason Jr. was cleared to return to the court for offseason voluntary workouts in early June.
An All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention selection and a first team All-Met honoree by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers' Association (MBWA) as a junior in 2007-08, Mason Jr. averaged a team-best 14.0 points per game that season and scored at a 14.0 ppg clip across three contests before his injury three games into last year's campaign. He is currently ranked sixth among St. John's all-time 3-point shooters with 109 across his 80-game career, which includes making seven shots from long-distance against Louisville on Jan. 26, 2008, to cap back-to-back 29-point games.
"We're obviously very happy and excited to have Mason back," said head coach Norm Roberts. "We all felt terrible for him when he got hurt, but now he has a great opportunity to come back. He is such a versatile scorer, and his ability to be our main scorer on any given night makes our team that much deeper."
Since its initial episode in 1998, MTV's Emmy award-winning True Life series has told remarkable real-life stories of young people and the unusual subcultures they inhabit. Documenting the lives of individuals dealing with personal or social issues, the True Life series tells its stories solely from the varied voices and points-of-view of its characters - putting the series in the unique position of reflecting the state of youth culture at any given moment.
In other Red Storm medical news, x-rays and a MRI by HSS hand specialist Michelle Carlson, M.D., as part of the post-Canada examination of Justin Burrell's injured right hand, revealed torn ligaments, but no broken bones. No surgery is anticipated for the junior big man at this time, and Burrell has been cleared to participate in non-contact workouts and conditioning exercises while wearing a splint until early October. Sophomore guard Quincy Roberts, who suffered a mild concussion during the Red Storm's four-game Canadian Tour, was examined upon return and kept out of team and individual workouts for two weeks as a precaution. Redshirt junior Rob Thomas (groin/knee) and Mason Jr. (hamstring) continue to progress in low-impact weight training and conditioning exercises while participating in physical therapy and recuperating from those minor injuries. All are expected to be cleared for full team practice when they begin on Friday, Oct. 16, at 5 p.m.