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May 15, 2001

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Roger Mason, Jr., of the University of Virginia is among 45 collegiateplayers invited to participate in the USA Basketball Men’s National Team Trials next month. Finalists for the 2001 USA Basketball World Championship for Young Men Qualifying Team and the 2001 USA Basketball World University Games Team will be selected at the trials. The three-day trials are scheduled for June 1-3 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Mason, a 6-5 guard from Silver Spring, Md., earned third-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors as a sophomore during the 2000-01 season. He led the team and was sixth in the ACC in scoring with an average of 15.7 points a game. He scored a career-high 30 points against Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Mason established a UVa record and led the ACC last season by making 88.4 percent (122-138) of his free throw attempts. He shot 47.6 percent (146-307) from the field, including 44.2 percent (42-95) from three-point range, and he averaged 3.7 rebounds a game. He also had 72 assists, 33 steals and 14 blocked shots while averaging a team-high 32.0 minutes of playing time a game in 29 games.

Mason was a first-team All-State selection by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association. He was also a co-recipient of UVa’s Bill Gibson Cavalier of the Year Award.

The head coach of the USA World Championship for Young Men Qualifying Team is Jim Boeheim of Syracuse University. He will be assisted by Ernie Kent of the University of Oregon and Phil Martelli of St. Joseph’s University (Pa.). The team will compete in the 2001 FIBA World Championship for Young Men Tournament scheduled for August 3-12 in Saitama, Japan.

The head coach of the USA World University Games Team is Jerry Dunn of Penn State. He will be assisted by Rod Barnes of the University of Mississippi and Al Skinner of Boston College. The World University Games are scheduled for August 22-September 1 in Beijing, China.

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