St. John’s, Mason Jr., hamstrungDecember 16, 2009
Red Storm redshirt senior Anthony Mason Jr.’s highly-anticipated return to the court for the 2009-10 season will be slightly delayed even further, as head coach Norm Roberts announced on Wednesday that the swingman will miss the next three weeks while continuing to recover from a hamstring injury.
Mason Jr. was examined on Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. An ultrasound scan revealed that the hamstring, which was injured in September and then re-aggravated on Oct. 16, is not yet fully healed.
“We’re disappointed for Anthony, because we know he wants to be out there. We have to give him time to recover so when he joins us on the court, he’ll be 100 percent,” said Roberts. “We’ll obviously be very happy and excited to get Anthony back. He is such a versatile scorer, and makes our team that much deeper.”
The Red Storm medical staff brought Mason Jr. along slowly since initially injuring the hamstring in early September, prior to St. John’s 4-0 trip to Canada over Labor Day Weekend. Mason Jr. participated in low-impact weight training, conditioning exercises and physical therapy while recuperating until cleared by St. John’s medical staff. After re-injuring the hamstring in October, orthopedic Answorth Allen, M.D., team doctor to the Red Storm and the New York Knicks of the NBA, re-examined Mason Jr. and recommended four to six more weeks of rehabilitation and strengthening exercises.
An All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention selection and a first team All-Met honoree by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers’ Association (MBWA) as a junior in 2007-08, Mason Jr. averaged a team-best 14.0 points per game that season and scored at a 14.0 ppg clip across three contests before his injury three games into last year’s campaign. He is currently ranked sixth among St. John’s all-time 3-point shooters with 109 across his 80-game career, which includes making seven shots from long-distance against Louisville on Jan. 26, 2008, to cap back-to-back 29-point games.