As the leading returning scorer in the nation after averaging 25.6 points per game in 2013-14, shooting guard Antoine Mason became a popular player once it was announced that he was leaving Niagara. With the ability to score combined with the fact that as a graduate transfer he can play immediately, Mason is clearly a player capable of helping a program immediately.
According to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports the son of former New York Knick Anthony Mason has dates set for official visits to Auburn and Providence, and Mason is expected to visit Boston College as well.
Niagara transfer Antoine Mason will visit Auburn on June 6-7 + Providence on June 8-9, source told @CBSSports. BC will be the final visit.
Each of those schools is in a position where they can use the immediate scoring boost that Mason would provide. Auburn is entering the first season of the Bruce Pearl era, and one key for the program is accounting for the graduation of leading scorer Chris Denson (19.1 ppg). Denson and KT Harrell (18.3 ppg) were Auburn’s only double-digit scorers last season, with rising sophomore Tahj Shamsid-Deen scoring 9.5 points per game.
Providence lost one of the nation’s best scorers in Bryce Cotton to graduation, and the additional loss of Josh Fortune (transfer) puts the Friars in a position where landing Mason would be of high importance if they’re to make a second straight trip to the NCAA tournament. In total the Friars will have to account for the loss of three starters, with forward Kadeem Batts (12.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg) being the other departure.
And Boston College received some good news earlier this spring when guard Olivier Hanlan decided to return for his junior season, giving new head coach Jim Christian a valuable piece to build with. But the Eagles lost guard Joe Rahon and forward Ryan Anderson as both decided to transfer, and those decisions left guard Lonnie Jackson (7.0 ppg) as the team’s second-best returning scorer.
Given what each of these teams has lost since the end of the 2013-14 season, Mason’s recruitment will be something to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.
Arizona commit Terrance Ferguson has been known as one of the best dunkers in the country for the last few years. So you knew the 6-foot-6 wing was going to attempt the latest internet dunk craze that’s been going around.
Some call it the, “5-point play” in which the dunker makes a 3-pointer and immediately sprints following the shot release to catch the make for an under-the-legs dunk.
It’s as tough as it sounds and Ferguson makes it look easy.
Bol Bol is the son of former NBA center Manute Bol, and the younger Bol is earning quite a bit of attention himself as a five-star prospect in the Class of 2018.
The 6-foot-11 Bol showed off some of his freakish coordination and athleticism on Friday night, by ripping a steal and taking it coast-to-coast for an under-the-legs dunk in the middle of a game at the Jayhawk Invitational.
Bol will be one of the players to watch this spring as he plays with KC Run GMC.
Iowa State guard Naz Mitrou-Long gets hardship waiver to play additional year
“Everything happens for a reason and although it hurt to not be able to play for a group of guys I loved last year, my body needed time to recover and that time off allowed me to feel the best I’ve felt since my freshman year,” Mitrou-Long said in the release. “I’m glad I’ll be able to play for the best fans in the country and represent the name on the front of my jersey, Iowa State, one more year. Words can’t describe this feeling. Cyclone Nation, be ready for a special year.”
The 6-foot-4 Long played in eight games last season for Iowa State as he averaged 12 points per game. He missed the rest of the season to deal with pain in his surgically repaired hips. Mitrou-Long has been a very effective three-point shooter during his career at Iowa State and he should be a nice option to have for next season if he’s healthy.
CIAA will stay in North Carolina despite state’s LGBT law
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association says it won’t move its headquarters, its basketball tournament or other conference championships from North Carolina, despite the state’s controversial new LGBT law.
The CIAA said in a statement Thursday that it will instead partner with the NCAA to educate its members on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues as it does on other issues, like graduation rates and concussion management.
The Charlotte Observer reports that the CIAA, the oldest African-American sports conference in the U.S., has hosted its annual basketball tournament in Charlotte since 2006 and announced it was moving its headquarters to Charlotte from Virginia in 2015.
The CIAA said Thursday that it will continue to “monitor the issues,” as it has since House Bill 2 passed.
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