Mason To Narrow His Focus

Anthony Mason, Jr. cracked our Top 100 list for the first time last week. The Memphis Fairley product has one visit set up and a host of suitors hoping to land a trip.

Anthony Mason, the 6-foot-7 son of a former NBA standout, is entering his senior year at Memphis Fairley. After a successful summer, Mason is starting to shorten what was once a very long recruiting list.

"I'm going to break it down to my top five this week and take my visits in September," Mason said.

Right now, there's Washington State, St. John's, Illinois, UAB, Miami, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Auburn, Tennessee, Memphis, Marquette and Virginia Tech.

An official visit set for the weekend of Sept. 9 has already been set. Mason said he'll definitely visit St. John's, UAB and Oklahoma so that leaves numerous schools for his final official visit.

St. John's, Illinois and Oklahoma already have in-home visits scheduled.

According to Spencer Johnson, Mason's AAU coach with the Memphis Bulldogs, Mason is just scratching the surface.

"He sat out his sophomore year because he was injured," Johnson said. "He played a little bit in AAU but he was injured toward the tail end. He came back and grew 3 or 4 inches from his sophomore year to his junior year. I knew from there that once we got cranked up, the style fit him and he was going to take off and explode and that's exactly what he did."

Most schools are recruiting Mason as a small forward who can play some shooting guard and even some power forward. He's a very smooth athlete who plays hard and has a similar approach to the game as his father but in a very different body.

Some will look at his list and wonder why a Memphis product would have interest in Pullman, Wash. The answer is simple: "[His dad] played with Tony Bennett in Charlotte and Washington State saw Fairley in Hawaii last December," Johnson said.

Mason, Sr. is likely to hop on a plane and visit a few schools with his son. "I think he's going to try and make a couple of the visits with him," Johnson said. "I know he's going to try and take the Washington State visit with him and probably the St. John's because he's right there in New York."

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