Antoine Mason heads to Auburn

By Nick Veronica

auburnlogoFormer Niagara standout Antoine Mason announced in a series of tweets today that he’ll play his final year of college basketball at Auburn.

Mason led in the country in scoring average for much of last season before being passed by Creighton stud Doug McDermott. Mason finished the year averaging 25.6 points per game while hitting 44.0 percent of field goals.

Mason graduated from Niagara in the spring and will be eligible immediately. He’ll have to adapt to a more team-centric role under Bruce Pearl at Auburn. Mason had one of the country’s greenest lights last season under first-year coach Chris Casey.

Mason had his father, former NBAer Anthony Mason, call Casey in May to inform him that Antoine was transferring. Casey had said the week before that Mason was going to return to Niagara.

Here’s what Mason tweeted after his visit to Auburn last weekend:

And here’s what he tweeted Wednesday:

Mason was reportedly deciding between Auburn and Providence. His hashtag #chiponmyshoulder in the first tweet may be a reference to being left off the All-MAAC First Team last season. The league’s coaches apparently felt Niagara’s poor record was a reflection on the player its offense revolved around.

Auburn finished 12th in the 14-team SEC last year, going 6-12 in conference and 14-16 overall.