Virginia Men's Basketball Players Honored
April 20, 2001
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Roger Mason, Jr., and Travis Watson were honoredas co-recipients of the University of Virginia men’s basketball team’s BillGibson Cavalier of the Year Award for the 2000-01 season on Friday (April20). The players were honored at the 2001 Virginia men’s basketballbanquet at the Doubletree Hotel.
Mason, a sophomore guard from Silver Spring, Md., also received theaward for the best free throw percentage on the team. He established a UVarecord and led the Atlantic Coast Conference last season by making 88.4percent (122-138) of his free throw attempts. Mason led the team and wassixth in the ACC in scoring with an average of 15.7 points a game. Hescored a career-high 30 points against Gonzaga in the first round of theNCAA Tournament.
Mason earned third-team All-ACC honors and was a first-teamAll-State selection by the Richmond Times-Dispatch in 2001. He was honoredas the ACC Player of the Week for his play in Virginia’s victories overDuke (Feb. 14) and Florida State (Feb. 17).
Watson, a sophomore forward/center from Brookneal, Va., alsoreceived the award as the team’s leading rebounder. He led the team andwas second in the ACC in rebounding with an average of 9.1 rebounds a game,and he led the conference in double-doubles with 13. Watson also led theACC in offensive rebounding and was second in defensive rebounding. He wasfourth on the team in scoring with an average of 12.3 points a game.
Watson earned second-team All-ACC honors and was a first-teamAll-State selection by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Senior guard Josh Hare (Vernon, Conn.) received the Micheal McCannLeadership Award, senior guard and team tri-captain Donald Hand (Paterson,N.J.) received the Mr. Hustle Award and the award for most assists (174),junior guard/forward Adam Hall (Katy, Texas) was honored for the secondconsecutive year as the team’s Best Defensive Player and senior forwardStephane Dondon (Toulouse, France) received the Hardest Worker Award.Freshman forward J.C. Mathis (Brooklyn, N.Y.) received the Most ImprovedPlayer Award, junior forward and tri-captain Chris Williams (Birmingham,Ala.) received the Mr. Reliable Award, senior guard and tri-captain KeithFriel (Durham, N.H.) received the Sixth Man Award, sophomore guard MajesticMapp (Harlem, N.Y.) was honored with the Academic Achievement Award,freshman forward/guard Maurice Young (Mitchellville, Md.) received thePromising Prospect Award and sophomore center/forward Jason Rogers(Staunton, Va.) received the Best Attitude Award.
Virginia completed the 2000-01 season with an overall record of20-9, finished fourth in the ACC regular-season standings with a 9-7 recordand participated in the NCAA Tournament.