Virginia Men's Basketball Players Honored At Banquet
April 21, 2002
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Roger Mason, Jr., and Travis Watson were honored as co-recipients of the University of Virginia men’s basketball team’s Bill Gibson Cavalier of the Year Award for the 2001-02 season on Sunday (April 21). It’s the second consecutive year Mason and Watson have shared the award. The players were honored at the 2002 Virginia men’s basketball banquet at the Omni Hotel.
Mason, a junior guard from Silver Spring, Md., also received the Michael McCann Leadership Award, and the awards for the best free throw percentage and most assists on the team. A team tri-captain, he 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.
Watson, a junior forward/center from Brookneal, Va., also received the award as the team’s leading rebounder. He led the ACC in four statistical categories in 2001-02, including rebounding (272, 9.7 rpg.), double-doubles (17), offensive rebounds (3.43 pg.) and defensive rebounds (6.29 pg.). Watson, who averaged 14.1 points a game, also ranked fourth in the conference in field goal percentage (149-284, 52.5 percent) and tied for tenth in blocked shots (26, 0.93).
Mason and Watson were both second-team All-ACC selections this past season.
Senior forward/guard and tri-captain Adam Hall (Katy, Texas) was honored for the third consecutive year as the team’s Best Defensive Player, senior forward and tri-captain Chris Williams (Birmingham, Ala.) received the Mr. Consistency Award, junior center/forward Jason Rogers (Staunton, Va.) received the Best Attitude Award for the second consecutive year, and sophomore forward J. C. Mathis (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was honored with both the Mr. Reliable Award and the Academic Achievement Award. Freshman guard Keith Jenifer (Baltimore, Md.) received the Most Improved Player Award, freshman forward Elton Brown (Newport News, Va.) received the Sixth Man Award, and freshman forward Jason Clark (Virginia Beach, Va.) was honored with the Promising Prospect Award. Guard Majestic Mapp (Harlem, N.Y.) received the Hardest Worker Award, and senior guard Jason Dowling (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and freshman guard Jermaine Harper (Gardena, Calif.) shared the Mr. Hustle Award.
Virginia completed the 2001-02 season with an overall record of 17-12 and participated in the National Invitation Tournament.