Mason picks Virginia over Terps Guard from Good Counsel gives oral commitment

September 15, 1998|By Paul McMullen

Roger Mason, a premier shooting guard prospect whose college choice was between Maryland and Virginia, made an oral commitment to the Cavaliers late Sunday night.

Mason, 6 feet 4, has starred at Good Counsel High in Wheaton. During a visit by a Virginia assistant to his Gaithersburg home Sunday, he committed to the Cavaliers, the last-place team in the Atlantic Coast Conference last season. He is the first major recruit for new coach Pete Gillen.

"There's more of an opportunity for him to play at Virginia, but that's not the only reason he's going there," said Joe McCall, the coach at Good Counsel. "He's very comfortable with the coaches there and the campus. That said, he agonized over this decision. He took unofficial visits to Maryland and Virginia, and liked both places."

McCall said that Maryland offered a scholarship last spring to Mason, who is fully qualified for freshman eligibility. The early national letter of intent signing period begins Nov. 11.

Pub Date: 9/15/98

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