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January 7, 2010

St. John’s redshirt senior Anthony Mason Jr.’s highly-anticipated return to the court is expected to be made on Saturday as St. John’s takes on Louisville.  Mason Jr. has yet to see game action in his redshirt senior season, as his original return was delayed twice.  

Mason Jr. was cleared to practice on Monday, Dec. 27, by orthopedist Answorth Allen, M.D., team doctor to the Red Storm and the New York Knicks of the NBA, when a Cybex computer test on his leg that confirmed the hamstring muscle has returned to full strength. The St. John’s coaching staff determined that Mason Jr. is now game-ready based on his performance level at team practices and his level of fitness. 

 A season ago in 2008-09, after scoring six points in St. John’s season-opening win over LIU (Nov. 14), Mason Jr. put forward a 24-point effort against Cornell (Nov. 17) and netted 12 points against Boston College (Nov. 18), shooting 44.4 percent from the field across the two latter contests as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off. It was announced on Nov. 21. that he would be forced to miss the rest of the season when a MRI revealed a torn peroneal tendon in his right foot, suffered during the B.C. game. John Kennedy, M.D., of the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, performed the corrective surgery on Dec. 15, 2008. After months of rest, recuperation, physical therapy and strength and conditioning work, Mason Jr. was cleared to return to the court for offseason voluntary workouts in early June, before suffering the original hamstring injury in early September.

Anthony Mason Jr. is arguably the Red Storm’s most talented player, and will provide an offensive spark to a team that has struggled so far in Big East Play (0-2.)

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