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April 8, 2002

CHARLOTTESVILLE – Roger Mason, Jr., a three-year basketball letterman for the University of Virginia, issued the following statement on Monday (April 8):

“Today I have submitted my name for consideration for the 2002 NBA draft. This decision was made based on information suggesting that now is the optimal time for me to begin pursuing my chosen profession. The system allows me to pursue this opportunity while maintaining my college eligibility. I wish to thank everyone at the University of Virginia, especially my coaches, teachers, teammates and the staff for all of their help in preparing me both on and off the court. Though I am leaving the University’s basketball team, I fully intend to pursue my college degree at the University of Virginia. I feel confident in my ability to play at the next level and I look forward to the challenges ahead.”

Mason, a 6-5 guard from Silver Spring, Md., led the Cavaliers in scoring (18.6 ppg.), assists (4.1 apg.), free throw percentage (133-151, 88.1 percent), field goals made (162) and three-point field goals made (81) during the 2001-02 season. He ranked second in the Atlantic Coast Conference in free throw percentage and third in scoring.

Mason was a second-team All-ACC selection this past season, was named to the 2002 National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 5 first team and was selected to the United States Basketball Writers Association All-District 3 team. He was also among the Top 50 Preseason Candidates and the Top 30 Midseason Candidates for the 2001-02 Wooden Award All-America Basketball Team.

“Roger is a great player and we really appreciate all he’s done for the University of Virginia the past three years,” said Virginia head coach Pete Gillen. “We want what is best for Roger Mason, Jr. He is keeping his options open and I’m confident that he’ll make the right decision based on what’s best for him and his family.”

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