Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Mason's Decision: Leaving Niagara For Auburn

Niagara's Antoine Mason, the leading scorer among players returning to college for the 2014-15 season who announced several weeks ago that he would be transferring elsewhere, has a new home.

The 6-foot-3 guard will be playing  at Auburn under that school's new head coach Bruce Pearl, according to a variety of published reports.

Because Mason, who was a medical redshirt for a year at Niagara, has already completed undergraduate degree work he was able to transfer and be eligible to play immediately this coming season.

His ability to put up points made him an attractive candidate at a number of schools with Auburn, Providence and Boston College emerging as his most-likely choice.

Mason averaged 25.6 points per game this past season and leaves Niagara as that school's third all-time leading scorer.

The move is a significant one upward. The MAAC, Niagara's league, was rated the 16th-best conference competitively last season. The SEC, of which Auburn is a member, was ranked No. 7.

Mason also faces a move from having free reign on the offensive end for the Purple Eagles to surely having less individual freedom at Auburn. He'll also be playing against bigger and better opponents at his new school.

Auburn finished 14-16 overall last season. Its two leading scorers played in the backcourt, but one, Chris Denson (19.1 points per game) has graduated. The team's second-leading scorer, 6-4 guard KT Harrell (18.3 ppg.) has one more year of eligibility.

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