The nation’s leading bucket-matker and former Niagara superstar, Antoine Mason, is transferring to play for the Auburn Tigers. Obviously, despite not being a household name, this is a pretty significant get for Bruce Pearl. The report was first broken by Jeff Borzello via the mean streets of Twitter.
Niagara transfer Antoine Mason announces he’s heading to Auburn. Nation’s leading returning scorer.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) June 11, 2014
While you might not have heard of Antoine Mason he is certainly a prolific scorer. However, his ability to put the ball in the basket never really helped Niagara get a lot of wins. So it remains to be seen if his style of play — as in he shoots a lot — will actually help translate to wins for Auburn.
Last season saw Mason score 27.2 points per game per 40 minutes of action. He also shot nearly .50 percent from the field, but an underwhelming .286 from beyond the arc.
As those numbers indicate, Mason not only gets better in a stats sense per year, but also gets more efficient — sans from beyond the arc where he still seems to be struggling.
Mason, who will be a fifth-year senior, has actually seen action in four years of play, but will have one year of eligibility left when he gets to campus and will be immediately eligible to play.