Mason to return in 2009-10 season

NEW YORK -- Anthony Mason Jr. was granted a medical hardship by the Big East Conference on Tuesday and will rejoin the Red Storm for a redshirt senior season in 2009-10.

Mason played in just three games last season after tearing a tendon in his left foot. He had surgery in December and was cleared to return to the court for offseason voluntary workouts in early June.

"Having been out for almost the whole year, I watched and learned a lot," said Mason, the son of former Knick Anthony Mason. "I can't wait to go out and perform with my team on the court this season."

Mason was a Big East honorable mention pick after his junior season in 2007-08 when he led the team in scoring with a 14.0 average.

For the last seven months, Mason's recovery from the injury and rehabilitation from the surgery was followed by a camera crew from MTV. Mason will be featured in an upcoming episode of the MTV "True Life" documentary series titled, "True Life: I'm Rehabbing My Sports Injury."