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Desmond Mason

Drafted by: Seattle, Round: 1, Pick: 17
College: Oklahoma State
Height: 6-5
Weight: 215 lbs.
Position: Forward
BirthDate: Oct. 11, 1977
Birthplace: Waxahachie, TX

Expert Analysis
"Mason's biggest assets are his competitiveness, his athleticism and his tools to be an outstanding defender. Mason has good quickness laterally, and can get out and guard on the perimeter, as well as hold his own if posted up.

Mason is a good shooter when left open, and can improve that part of his game. He has decent range, but is not a deep shooter. Like many prospects in this draft, he needs to work on his ballhandling and his pull-up game.

When he plays on instinct in the open court, Mason looks awesome. However, when keyed upon in more of a halfcourt game, Mason has looked very stoppable. He is a very good offensive rebounding forward, and will be best utilized in a system that allows him to take advantage of his full-court abilities. -- ESPN's Jay Bilas

Named Honorable Mention All-America by The Associated Press as a senior. All-America selection by College Hoops Insider and Basketball Times. Ranks fourth on Oklahoma State's career scoring chart (1,702), fourth in rebounding (795), fourth in steals (158) and second in games played (129). Started a school-record 104 consecutive games. In his career, OSU's winning percentage was 28 points higher when he led the team in scoring. At Nike Desert Classic, averaged 7.0 ppg and 3.7 rpg in 19.7 minutes per game.

College highlights at Oklahoma State
Was a First Team All-Big 12 selection as a senior. Averaged a team-high 18.0 ppg and 6.6 rpg. Scored 31 points in games vs. Washington and Kansas. Scored 30 points in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in a win over Hofstra. Led OSU to the Elite Eight. Scored 17 of OSU's first 21 points in a win over Texas. Hit for 29 points vs. Colorado. Recorded a career-high 15 rebounds vs. Langston.

As a junior, named First Team All-Big 12. Scored 54 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in two NCAA Tournament games. Averaged 15.4 points and 7.9 rebounds per game for the season. Had 32 points and 10 rebounds, including a career-high four 3-pointers, at Baylor. Tied a school record with eight steals in a win over Houston Baptist, a game in which he tallied 27 points and six rebounds. Had 24 points, 10 rebounds and six steals vs. Texas A&M. Totaled 26 points and 13 rebounds vs. TCU. Scored 20 of his 24 points in the first half vs. Texas. Finished with six double-doubles on the season. Named by ESPN's Jay Bilas as an honorable mention defensive All-American.

As a sophomore, 38 of his 157 field goals came on dunks. Named Third Team All-Big 12 by conference coaches. Averaged 14.6 ppg and 7.7 rpg. Had 27 points and 14 rebounds vs. Texas. Scored 25 points vs. Arizona State. Hit for a team-high 21 points vs. Oklahoma. Had the first double-double of his career with 16 points and 14 rebounds vs. Creighton.

Named to the Big 12 Academic Honor Roll as a freshman. Was the top freshman scorer for OSU. Hit two free throws to seal an upset win over Iowa State. Scored in double-figures four times, including 10 points in a conference tournament win over Baylor.

1996-97 32 52 138 .377 23 37 .622 80 22 144 4.5
1997-98 29 157 299 .525 86 126 .683 223 45 422 14.6
1998-99 34 196 408 .480 106 142 .746 267 28 525 15.4
1999-00 34 211 423 .499 125 163 .767 225 52 611 18.0
TOTALS 129 616 1,268 .486 340 468 .726 795 147 1,702 13.2
Three-point field goals: 1996-97, 17-for-52 (.327); 1997-98, 22-for-69 (.319); 1998-99, 27-for-79 (.342); 1999-00, 64-for-149 (.430). Totals: 130-for-349 (.372) Help | Advertiser Info | Contact Us | Tools | Site Map | Jobs at
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