Mason pledges to Minnesota

Nate Mason picked Minnesota on Friday over strong interest from Virginia and Kansas State. Mason is Minnesota's second pledge in the 2014 recruiting class.

Richard Pitino scored his future point guard.

Nate Mason, a three-star point guard, committed to Pitino and his staff at Minnesota on Friday. Mason confirmed the news to

"I just committed to the University of Minnesota," Mason said.

"Their style of play and the way their coaches pursued me," Mason said when asked about his commitment to the Gophers. "Coach P and the assistant coaches wanted me and I felt I could come in and play and be a factor there."

Mason also considered Virginia and Kansas State. Ultimately he picked Minnesota because of how they recruited him. He said he felt like they made him a prioritiy.

"That's the main reason I committed there," Mason told "There's nothing better than feeling like you are wanted. I got that feeling from them. I felt like I was their number one guy."

Mason is confident that he will fit in well in Pitino's uptempo style of basketball.

"I wouldn't have committed there if I wouldn't have," he said.

During the spring and summer Mason played with the CP3 All-Stars. Mason, who stands 6-feet, is a very good shooter from long-range, knows how to run a team and has made strides to his game over the last year.

Mason, a Georgia native, will finish up his high school career at Jacksonville (Fla.) Arlington Country Day. He's regarded as a three-star recruit.

Minnesota now has a pair of recruits in the 2014 class. Mason joins Bethel (Wash.) High standout Josh Martin to make up their current class.

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