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Aug. 14, 2002

CHICAGO – Former University of Virginia basketball standout Roger Mason, Jr., has signed a contract with the Chicago Bulls. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Mason was selected by the Bulls in the second round of the 2002 National Basketball Association draft in June. He was the second pick in the second round of the draft and was the 31st player selected overall.

A 6-5 guard from Silver Spring, Md., Mason lettered three times for Virginia. He had one year of eligibility remaining before submitting his name for consideration for the 2002 NBA draft.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.

Mason was a second-team All-ACC selection last 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.

He ranks 25th on Virginia’s all-time scoring list with 1,231 points, and holds UVa’s season (122-138, 88.4 percent, 2000-01) and career (318-366, 86.9 percent, 2000-02) records for free throw percentage. He is sixth on UVa’s career list for three-point field goals made (137).

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