Providence College hosted an important visitor on Sunday and Monday in 6'3" guard Antoine Mason, the transfer from Niagara who is the leading returning scorer in the country (25.6 ppg). With the expected loss of Bryce Cotton, and unexpected loss of SG Josh Fortune, Mason would be a much needed and high impact addition to this coming year's roster.
Having one year of eligibility left, which he can use immediately, Mason has been a highly sought-after transfer. He visited Auburn officially on Friday and Saturday, prior to his trip to PC. According to an article on the Auburn Scout.com site, Mason had a great visit to their campus. He described the visit as a perfect 10 on a 1-10 scale, and said that Auburn set the bar high for other colleges to surpass. ScoutFriars.com caught up with Antoine following his visit to PC to discuss his trip to Providence and some thoughts on the Friars.
ScoutFriars: So how did your visit to Providence go?
Mason: It went well, nice campus, the coaches were down to earth and honest.
ScoutFriars: Did the coaches discuss what your role would be on the team?
Mason: Yes they did, there's a lot of playing time … they're losing scorers and need scorers.
ScoutFriars: At PC, would you be the go-to-guy scorer, like Bryce Cotton was last year?
Mason: That's the goal.
ScoutFriars: Did you get to meet with any of the players while you were on campus? Any guys you're friendly with?
Mason: Some of them, not all of them were there. I know Tyler.
ScoutFriars: Did Josh Fortune leaving increase your interest in PC?
ScoutFriars: What would you say are the biggest factors in choosing a new school for you?
Mason: Someone getting (me) better for the next level, trust, and winning.
ScoutFriars: Does distance from home or size of the school have any impact in your decision?
Mason: Not really. I just need to get to the NBA.
ScoutFriars: There's no question about your scoring ability. I read you could work with (Auburn coach) Chuck Person on shooting. Do you want to work on your handle too?
Mason: Yes I do, and defense, rebounding. I want to be the complete package.
ScoutFriars: Did you meet with God Shammgod on your visit, along with the rest of the coaches?
Mason: Yes I did, I know his resume, and all the coaches are great.
ScoutFriars: Are you leaning either way between Auburn and Providence right now? I read you were considering visiting a couple of others?
Mason: Maybe Cincy or Memphis.
ScoutFriars: Is Boston College still in the mix?
ScoutFriars: When do you think you might make a decision?
Mason: Sometime soon.
ScoutFriars: I had read you were very high on Auburn, would you say PC still has a legit shot to land you?
Mason: They do.
Other 2014 Recruit Updates:
Tramaine Isabell: 6'1" PG decommited from Washington St. He tweeted on Monday 6/9 that he plans on taking his visit to Missouri on June 19th. Down to PC and Missouri.
Nick Faust: Reportedly has a top 5 of PC, St. John's, Wichita St, UAB, and Long Beach St. He was expected to officially visit Long Beach St this past weekend.
2015 Recruit Updates:
Steve Enoch: The 6'9" power forward from Norwalk High (Conn) was reportedly offered by Arizona State and UConn recently. Adam Finklestein tweeted that he planned to visit BC unofficially this past Saturday.
Justin Jenifer: 5'10" PG from Milford Mill Academy in Baltimore, MD, visited Cincinnati this weekend, and committed to the Bearcats on Monday 6/9. PC had been listed as being in his top 3 with Cincinnati and Texas Tech.
Malik Beasley: 6'4" SG from St. Francis School in Alpharetta, GA, recently visited UCLA unofficially. He also was invited to the NBPA top 100 camp.
Donovan Mitchell: Adam Zagoria reported that Mitchell will visit Georgia Tech the weekend of June 14, and will then see Providence and Boston College June 27-28. He also picked up an offer from Indiana. Planning on committing sometime in September.
Kealan Ives: The PG who is heading to Putnam Science Academy took an unofficial visit to PC on Monday 6/9, along with 2016 PF Mamadou Diarra, according to Putnam Science Academy's twitter (@PSAHoops).
Dupree McBrayer: The 6'3" SG from the Patrick School (NJ) reportedly was to visit PC this past weekend, and several sources indicated that he received an offer from PC.
Recruiting Wrap: Antoine Mason
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