UVa's Mason enters the draft

Virginia junior Roger Mason Jr. announced today that he has decided to enter the NBA draft, though he has not yet hired an agent, leaving open the possibility of returning to Charlottesville.

"Today I have submitted my name for consideration for the 2002 NBA draft. This decision was made based on information suggesting that now is the optimal time for me to begin pursuing my chosen profession. The system allows me to pursue this opportunity while maintaining my college eligibility. I wish to thank everyone at the University of Virginia, especially my coaches, teachers, teammates and the staff for all of their help in preparing me both on and off the court. Though I am leaving the University's basketball team, I fully intend to pursue my college degree at the University of Virginia. I feel confident in my ability to play at the next level and I look forward to the challenges ahead."

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