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November 16, 1998

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia men’s head basketball coach Pete Gillen has announced the signing of four players to national letters of intent with Virginia.

The players are 6-1 guard Majestic Mapp (Bronx, N.Y.), 6-4 guard Roger Mason (Gaithersburg, Md.), 6-10 center/forward Jason Rogers (Staunton, Va.) and 6-7 forward Travis Watson (Brookneal, Va.).

Mapp averaged 17.5 points and four assists a game for St. Raymond’s High School as a junior in 1997-98. He was an All-New York City selection last season.

Mason averaged 18.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists a game last season for Good Counsel High School. He was a first-team All-Catholic League selection and earned second team All-Metropolitan honors in 1997-98.

Rogers averaged 19.2 points, 12.5 rebounds and almost six blocked shots a game for Robert E. Lee High School as a junior in 1997-98. He earned All-Group AA honors last season.

Watson averaged 9.1 points and 8.1 rebounds a game for Oak Hill Academy during the 1997-98 season.

“We’re very excited about the four young men who have signed letters of iintent to play basketball at the University of Virginia,” Gillen said. “They are very talented players as well as good students and terrific individuals. We’re thrilled to have them in our basketball family.

“All four young men had one thing in common, they wanted to play with other good players in their recruiting class. It’s a big jump to play Division I basketball at the level of the Atlantic Coast Conference, but I think all of these young men can make a contribution to our basketball team next season.”

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