High School Notes: Highly regarded newcomer who brings impressive credentials with him to the Marquette program ... Played two seasons at West Aurora High School under the tutelage of Gordie Kerkman ... His senior campaign saw him averaged 20.9 points and connected on 60 percent of his field goal attempts, including 40 percent from three-point range ... Guided his team to a 25-3 record ... Was named by USA Today as national prep player of the week (Feb. 17) after averaging 29 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in helping his prep team to a pair of wins ... Finished second in the voting for the 2002-03 Mr. Basketball Award in the state of Illinois ... Ranked as the No. 40 player in the country by TheInsidersHoops.com ... Ranked as the No. 38 player nationally by ESPN.com ... Two-time Player of the Year in the DuPage Valley Conference ... Garned first-team all-state honors as a junior and senior ... Started for the West Team in the EA Roundball Classic played on Mar. 31 in Chicago ... His West Aurora prep team was ranked as among the top squads in the state for the majority of 2002-03 ... As a junior, he averaged 23.0 points and 9.0 boards per contest in helping his team to a 23-8 won-lost mark that included a berth in the round of 16 in the Illinois state tournament ... Played AAU ball for the Illinois Fire ... Considered North Carolina, Oklahoma, DePaul, Auburn Missouri and Boston College before deciding upon Marquette.
Personal: Born March 1, 1985 ... Son of Brad and Pam Mason ... Lists reading and listening to music as hobbies.