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Wednesday / January 16.
  • St. John’s Mason Out 4-6 Weeks; Waithe to Decide Wednesday

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    Anthony Mason Jr’s return to the basketball court has been delayed yet again.

    The redshirt senior will miss 4-6 weeks while recovering from a hamstring injury re-aggravated during team practice over the weekend.

    “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,” St. John’s head coach Norm Roberts said. “We’ll obviously be very happy and excited to get Anthony back. He is such a versatile scorer, and his ability to be our main scorer on any given night makes our team that much deeper.”

    Mason Jr. initially injured the hamstring in early September, before the Johnnies went 4-0 on a trip to Canada.

    A year ago, Mason Jr. went down on Nov. 21 when an MRI revealed a torn peroneal tendon in his right foot, suffered during the Boston College 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. 

    In other St. John’s news, Roberts and women’s coach Kim Barnes Arico will be at Stout at 133 W. 33rd St. in Manhattan on Thursday, Nov. 5 (7:30-9:30 p.m.) to chat with fans, take questions and discuss the upcoming college hoops seasons during the preseason reception, presented by the St. John’s Red White Club.


    Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College forward Marvell Waithe says he will know by Wednesday whether he will choose Rutgers or Arkansas. Stay tuned for an update….The Pacers released former Syracuse forward Demetris Nichols…New York City combo guard Russ Smith of South Kent (Conn.) will visit Baylor and Houston after a weekend visit to La Salle. St. Bonaventure has also offered.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.