WORTH NOTING: Returning starter at guard in 2001-02 ... coming off an outstanding sophomore season ... earned third-team All-ACC honors in 2000-01 and joined Travis Watson as co-recipient of UVa’s Bill Gibson Cavalier of the Year Award ... started at two guard last season, but also saw action at point guard ... backed up starting point guard Donald Hand due to the loss of Majestic Mapp, who missed the 2000-01 season with a knee injury ... led Virginia and was sixth in the ACC in scoring with an average of 15.7 points per game ... he more than doubled his scoring average of 7.6 ppg as a freshman, marking the most dramatic increase (8.1 ppg) by any player in the ACC last season ... averaged 18.2 points per game over UVa’s final 11 games, including a career-high 30 points against Gonzaga in the first round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament ... established a UVa record and led the ACC last season by making 88.4 percent (122-138) of his free throw attempts ... ranked 11th in free throw percentage among all NCAA Division I players ... had several impressive shooting streaks from the foul line as a sophomore ... made 45 consecutive free throws over a span of nine games ... was just four free throws away from breaking Jeff Lamp’s 1979-80 school record of 48 consecutive made free throws ... later made 29 of his final 30 foul shots over UVa’s last eight games ... also led the team in minutes played in 2000-01, averaging 32.0 minutes played a game ... only Cavalier to earn ACC Player of the Week honors (Feb. 20) last season ... sank a three-pointer with one second left to lift Virginia to a 69-66 victory at Florida State (Feb. 17) ... one of 16 finalists chosen for the 2001 USA Basketball World University Games Team in June of 2001 ... the final 12-man roster will be selected in August ... played both two guard and point guard during UVa’s six-game European tour in August of 2000 .... scored a team-high 20 points and had five assists in a 98-77 win over TSK Bamberg in Nordhalben, Germany, in the first game of the tour ... led Virginia with 21 points and had three assists in a 110-73 victory over the Antwerp Junior team in the third game of the trip in Deume, Belgium ... did not play in the fourth and fifth games due to a sprained ankle, but had eight points and six assists in the final game of the tour against Sceaux (pronounced “so”) BBC of France ... fifth on the team in minutes played in 1999-00 as a freshman ... ranked eighth among ACC freshmen in points (7.6 per game) that season ... finished 10th in minutes (21.3 per game) and ninth in field goal percentage (43.0 percent, 80-186) among ACC rookies ... finished second in the ACC in free throw shooting in conference play (87.8 percent, 43-49) ... has played in 60 consecutive games, including 39 starts, over the last two seasons.
HONORS: 2000-01—Third-team All-ACC ... first-team All-State selection by the Richmond Times-Dispatch ... first-team All-State selection by the Virginia Sports Information Directors ... ACC Player of the Week (Feb. 20) after games against Duke and Florida State ... co-recipient of the Bill Gibson Cavalier of the Year Award (team MVP). 1999-00—ACC Rookie of the Week (Jan. 10) after games against Duke and Georgia Tech ... received Michael McCann Leadership Award (team award) ... named to the ACC Honor Roll for his academic work and athletic participation.
AT VIRGINIA: 2000-01—Started at guard in 28 of 29 games ... also played 33 minutes in UVa’s final home against Clemson, but was replaced in the starting lineup by senior Keith Friel ... led the team and ranked sixth in the ACC in scoring with an average of 15.7 points a game ... led the ACC and ranked 11th in the nation among Division I-A players with a school-record 88.4 (122-138) free throw shooting percentage ... also led the team in minutes played (32.0 mpg) and three-point field goal shooting percentage (.442, 42-95) ... finished second on the team in assists (72) and fourth in steals (33), field goal shooting percentage (.476, 146-307) and rebounds (3.7 rpg) ... tied for the team lead with seven games of 20-or-more points ... was Virginia’s leading scorer a team-high 11 times, including the last three games of the season, five of the last six, and six of the last eight ... honored as the ACC Player of the Week for his play in Virginia’s victories over Duke (Feb. 14) and Florida State (Feb. 17) ... scored 20 points, tied his career-high with seven rebounds, had five assists and committed just one turnover in 36 minutes in UVa’s 91-89 upset of third-ranked Duke at University Hall ...three days later, he scored a team-high 19 points in a career-high 38 minutes in Virginia’s 69-66 win at Florida State ... made four three-point field goals against the Seminoles, including the game-winning three-pointer with one second left to play ... scored a career-high 30 points with five assists, four rebounds, two blocked shots and one steal in 37 minutes in the loss to Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... made a career-high five three-point field goals in that game ... scored a team-high 20 points and tied his career-high with seven rebounds in the loss to Georgia Tech in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament ... scored 28 points in the victory over Coastal Carolina (Nov. 20) ... established a career high with seven assists in that game ... scored a game-high 23 points and made all 14 of his free throw attempts in the victory over UMBC (Dec. 23) ... made 45 consecutive free throw attempts over nine games before missing his third against N.C. State (Jan. 6) ... his streak began against Purdue (Nov. 29) when he made his last four three throws (he was five of six for the game) ... connected on 29 of his final 30 free throw attempts (96.7 percent) over the last eight games of the season ... scored a game-high 26 points in 37 minutes in the victory over N.C. State (Jan. 6) ... his 26 points are the most he’s scored in an ACC game ... scored 19 points, had six assists and four rebounds in the victory over #9 Maryland (Jan. 31) ... also finished with 19 points in UVa’s 82-71 win over #16 Wake Forest (Feb. 3) ... scored a team-high 18 points in the win over second-ranked North Carolina (Feb. 25) ... earned his second letter. 1999-00—Named ACC Rookie of the Week after scoring 36 points, grabbing five rebounds and shooting 70.6 percent (12-17) from the field, including a perfect 6-6 from three-point range, in games against Duke (Jan. 5) and Georgia Tech (Jan. 8) ... also made all six free throws in the two games ... scored 22 points and had three rebounds in a 109-100 overtime loss to Duke at University Hall ... was 9-12 (75.0 percent) from the field, including all three of his three-point field goal attempts, and made his only free throw attempt ... also had two steals ... scored 14 points and grabbed two rebounds in an 83-65 victory over Georgia Tech (Jan. 8) ... was 3-5 from the field, including all three of his three-point field goal attempts, and he made all five of his free throw attempts ... he also had one assist ... played in all 31 games and started 11, including nine of the last 10 ... as a starter in those nine games, he averaged 9.0 points (81), 2.3 rebounds (21), and 1.7 assists (15) a game while shooting 43.3 percent (26-60) from the field and 89.7 percent (26-29) from the free throw line ... averaged 8.9 points a game, and shot 44.0 percent (44-100) from the field and 87.8 percent (43-49) from the free throw line in 16 regular-season ACC games ... one of five players on the team who averaged over 20 minutes of playing time a game (21.3 mpg) ... scored 13 points, including two key second half baskets, in Virginia’s 71-66 overtime win over Virginia Tech (Jan. 24) at the Richmond Coliseum ... made a three-pointer with 4:24 left to play that broke a scoreless drought of 7:21 and gave UVa a 56-54 lead ... also made a basket with 2:33 to go that cut Tech’s lead to 60-58 ... his first three-pointer of the season (after 10 misses) came with 3:21 left to play in Virginia’s 69-65 win at Richmond (Dec. 21) and gave the Cavaliers the lead for good at 62-59 ... scored 13 points in UVa’s key overtime victory against Maryland at home on March 4.
HIGH SCHOOL: Freshman starter and Most Valuable Player at Sidwell Friends High School … transferred to Good Counsel High School after freshman year … three-year starter under coach Joe McCall at Good Counsel … led Good Counsel to school record 29 wins and No. 19 final ranking on the USA Today Super 25 list … finished his career at Good Counsel with 1,426 points … averaged 18.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.6 assists a game during his senior season … shot 48.6 percent from the field, including 34.8 percent from three-point range … shot at an 80.9 percent clip from the free throw line … named MVP at the Mid-Atlantic Invitational Tournament, where he won the three-point competition and broke the tournament record with 22 consecutive free throws made …selected to All-Tournament team at both the Good Counsel Holiday Classic and the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament … selected All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) … named All-County by the Montgomery Journal newspaper …named first-team All-Metropolitan by the Washington Post … named Powerade “Mr. Basketball,” awarded to the best player in the Washington, D.C. area … led Capital All-Stars to come from behind victory vs. National All-Stars in Capital Classic game in Washington, D.C. … scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half to spark the comeback … McDonald’s All-American nominee … named by Hoop Scoop and FastBreak magazines as one of the top 50 players in the country …as a junior in 1997-98, he averaged 18.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game … named MVP at Good Counsel Holiday Classic Tournament and at Stop DWI Tournament … named first-team All-WCAC and All-County and second-team All-Metropolitan … as a sophomore, he averaged 11.4 points and 5.0 rebounds a game … named second-team All-WCAC and honorable mention All-Metropolitan … was AAU 14-and-under team captain and helped lead team to first place in AAU Tournament.
PERSONAL: Roger Phillip Mason, Jr. … born 9-10-80 in Washington, D.C. … son of Marsha Mason-Wonsley and the late Roger Mason, Sr., and step-father Otis Wonsley … has one brother, Frank (16) and two sisters, Adrienne (18) and Lauren (15) … stepfather Otis Wonsley is a former running back for the Washington Redskins … received the Good Counsel 1998 Community Award … active member of the Rhema Christian Center in Washington, D.C.
Mason’s Career Highs
Points—30 vs. Gonzaga (3/16/01); Rebounds— 7 on three occasions; FG Made—11 vs. Gonzaga (3/16/01); FG Att.—19 vs. Gonzaga (3/16/01); 3 Pt. FG Made— 5 vs. Gonzaga (3/16/01); 3 Pt. FG Att.—8 vs Gonzaga (3/16/01); FT Made— 14 vs. UMBC (12/23/00); FT Att.—14 vs. UMBC (12/23/00); Assists—7 vs. Coastal Carolina (11/20/00); Blocks—2 on four occasions; Steals—4 vs. Georgia Tech (2/9/00), vs. VMI (12/4/00); Minutes—38 vs. Florida St. (2/17/01)