Justin has developed a personal relationship with Texas Head Coach Rick Barnes. "Coach Barnes is a guy I can go to and talk with about my personal life, he's just a great guy."
UT Strength & Conditioning Coach Todd Wright also played a role in Mason's decision. "I met Coach Wright on my visit," Justin said. "He showed me pictures of guys before and after they went into the weightroom. There was a huge difference and that's appealing to me. I need to get stronger."
What was Mason looking for in a school? "I wanted a school that gave me an opportunity to play," he said. "I wanted to go to a big-time program and have a chance to compete in the NCAA Tournament every year."
The UT Coaching Staff was impressed with Mason's attacking style. "They said they like the way I get to the basket," said Mason. "They like my defense as well."
"He's a great offensive player," added Palo Duro Head Coach Jeff Evans. "He's great at attacking the basket and has no weaknesses, he's a complete player."
Mason had offers from Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, New Mexico, Colorado State and SMU.
Last season, Mason and his Palo Duro HS teammates finished with a record of 29-3 and lost in the Texas 4A State Semifinals. "This upcoming season I want to make it to the State Playoffs again and try to win State. As long as the team wins I have no personal goals."