The transfer “game” in college basketball is beginning to wind down with guys like Eron Harris (heading from West Virginia to Michigan State) landing in high-profile locations, but the leading returning scorer in all of college basketball remained on the market until Wednesday. Now, former Niagara guard Antoine Mason has announced that he will spend his final season of eligibility as a member of the Auburn Tigers.
Niagara transfer Antoine Mason announces he’s heading to Auburn. Nation’s leading returning scorer.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) June 11, 2014
The 6-foot-3 Mason averaged more than 25 points per game as a junior with Niagara, and that type of singular production is virtually unmatched with regard to transfers. In addition to his statistical package, Antoine Mason is even more coveted as a result of the fact that he will be immediately eligible at Auburn due to his previous graduation from Niagara.
In a piece from Jeff Goodman of ESPN, Mason cited “intangibles” as the main reason why he chose Auburn over his second contender in Providence, but it would be safe to assume that new head coach Bruce Pearl had a lot to do with the choice. Mason’s game is incredibly refined at this stage, but if there is an area for improvement, it is with his long-range shooting, as the shooting guard converted only 28.6% of his 3-point attempts as a junior.
Still, Antoine Mason is a player that could have a real impact from moment he sets foot on the Auburn campus, and Bruce Pearl is already building an incredibly improved roster for year one.