High-Scoring Guard Says AU Leads After Visit

Antoine Mason talks about taking an official visit to check out Coach Bruce Pearl's Auburn basketball Tigers.

Antoine Mason, a six-foot-three guard from Niagara University who is looking for a new home for his final season of collegiate basketball eligibility, said that he could see himself making a move to Auburn.

Mason made that comment on Saturday following an official visit to check out the Tigers.

Calling his trip to Auburn a perfect 10 on a 1-10 scale, Mason said, "It was an amazing visit. I liked the weather and the atmosphere. Everything is modern. I love the gym and could see myself playing there."

Mason, who averaged 26.5 points per game last season, has graduated and will be eligible to play for the 2014-15 season at Auburn if he chooses the Tigers.

Being recruited by Auburn assistant coaches Chuck Person and Tony Jones, the guard said the two made it very clear that they really want him on board. "They told me I?would be a major piece to the puzzle," the prospect noted.

Mason made the trip to Auburn with his father, Anthony, a former NBA power forward who played for the Indiana Pacers and was a teammate of Person, who was known as one of the league's great shooters.

Anthony Mason (left) played in the NBA with Auburn's Chuck Person. Antoine Mason (right) hopes to play in the NBA, too.

The younger Mason said he likes the idea of having Person as his college shooting coach because that is a part of his game he is looking to improve, but noted he isn't ready to make a decision yet.

"I probably will take an unofficial visit to Providence on Monday," he said. "I may take visits to Cincinnati and Memphis, but I haven't decided on that yet.

He noted that he doesn't plan to wait a long time on picking his new home. "I want to make it soon so I can get on campus, get used to campus and to my teammates as well," he said.

Mason noted that Auburn set the bar high for other colleges to surpass. "I loved it," he said, noting that he really liked the size and the modern feel of the campus. "Everything is much larger than at Niagara," he added.

Mason is shown in action while playing for Niagara.

Asked what will be important factors in making his selection, he said. "I want to go a team that needs me, a team that I see myself flourishing in and a team that will help get me to the next level."

Commenting on what he can bring to his new team, he said, "Play like I played a Niagara. That is being a leader and doing a lot of scoring."

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