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Aug. 6, 2001

University of Virginia guard Roger Mason, Jr., is among the Top 50 Preseason Candidates for the 2001-02 Wooden Award All-America Basketball Team. The Top 50 candidates were selected in a national poll conducted of The John R. Wooden Award Preseason Committee.

The 6-5 Mason is from Silver Spring, Md., and will be a junior at Virginia this fall. He established a UVa record and led the Atlantic Coast Conference last season by making 88.4 percent (122-138) of his free throw attempts. Mason led the Cavaliers and was sixth in the ACC in scoring last season with an average of 15.7 points a game. He scored a career-high 30 points against Gonzaga in the first round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament.

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 during the 2000-01 season. 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 earned third-team All-ACC honors last season and was honored as co-recipient of UVa’s Bill Gibson Cavalier of the Year Award. He was a first-team All-State selection by both the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID).

Mason is one of 16 finalists for the 2001 USA Basketball World University Games Team. The final 12-member team will be selected during the team’s training camp which is scheduled for August 10-17 at the Denver Nuggets’ practice facility in Denver, Colo. The World University Games are scheduled to be held in Beijing, China, August 22 through September 1.

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