by Dakota James
Antoine Mason is having the best
season of his college career.
Mason, a guard and redshirt junior at Niagara University, currently leads the nation in scoring. He has played a total of 29 games this season and has scored 745 points overall. He is shooting around 44 percent completion in field goals. He also shoots at around 45 percent completion in 3-pointers.
Behind him is Billy Baron, a 6-foot 2-inch senior guard at Canisius College with 718 points throughout the season.
efforts match those of Stephen Curry, who played Guard for Davidson during the
2008-2009 season when he became the nation's top scorer. Curry and Mason both
stand 6-feet 3-inches tall and are sons of basketball royalty,Wardell "Dell" Curry and Antoine Mason respectively.
"It feels good to know that I worked
hard in the summer and in the preseason," Mason said. "The results of my hard
work are paying."
Mason scored a career-high 39 points
against the Brown Bears on Sunday, Dec. 29 at home. Out of 28 games,
he has 11 games in which he scored 30 or more points and 10 games in which he
scored 20 or more points.
Along with having a stellar season,
Mason was also placed on the dean's list the fall 2013 semester. "It's tough to
balance both ... I like to do all my work in advance ... It worked out this
semester." He received a 3.5 grade point average.
Despite his efforts, the Niagara
Purple Eagles are struggling this season. They have 6 wins and 23 losses
following Saturday afternoon's home loss against the Quinnipiac Bobcats (19-8),
and currently hold the 10 th slot in the Metro Atlantic
Athletic Conference. This is head coach Chris Casey's first season coaching the
team, following Joe Mihalich's departure to Hofstra. Mihalich coached the Purple
Eagles for 15 years and brought the university two MAAC Tournament
championships (2005, 2007) and three MAAC regular season championships (1999,
2005, 2013). Mihalich also personally received the
MAAC Coach of the Year three times during his career at Niagara
University (1999, 2005, 2013).
"I'm not sure what I'm doing after I graduate,"
Mason said. "That's something I'll have to sit down with my family and discuss
my options." Mason is the son of NBA veteran and All-Star Anthony Mason, who
played for the Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets, Charlotte
Hornets and New Jersey Nets.