VT In Hot Pursuit Of Frank Mason

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Virginia Tech men’s basketball recently got on the board in class of 2013 recruiting with a commitment from 6’11” center Trevor Thompson.  James Johnson and company are looking to continue the recruiting success, and Massanutten Military Academy (Woodstock, VA) point guard  Frank Mason is high on the list of targets.  The interest is reciprocal, it appears.

“I think he is open, but I also think he is 100-percent a fan of Virginia Tech,” MMA postgraduate head coach Chad Myers said of Mason, who visited Blacksburg just a few weekends ago.  “[This past Sunday], Virginia Tech had three coaches in to see him.  There was James Johnson and two assistants.  I think he liked that.  That obviously shows what they think of Frank.

“He is open, but I’ll say that Virginia Tech has definitely done a great job recruiting him.”

Mason is a 2012 graduate of Petersburg High School (VA).  He is now weeks into a postgraduate year at MMA, and he is doing well on and off the court.

“He is really, really fast.  He is going to make our team better,” Myers said.  “Off the court, he is adjusting to military life well.  He’s a pleasure to have here.”

Academics were a major concern last year with Mason, who originally committed to Towson.  Now that he appears solid in that department, major schools have come calling.  DePaul, Kansas, Rutgers and Virginia Tech have offered.  Maryland and Pitt have not offered, but both were represented at recent MMA fall practices.  The Panthers were represented by head coach Jamie Dixon.

Mason was known for his scoring in his time at Petersburg.  He averaged about 26 points per game over the course of his last two seasons, totaling 1,901 points in a stellar 4-year career with the Crimson Wave.  Mason can score, but he can do much more according to his new coach.

“He has a great feel for the game,” Myers said.  “He is really good at clock management.  He plays under control.  He gets other guys involved.  At Petersburg, it was a situation where he was needed to score a lot.  And he can really get to the basket.”

While Virginia Tech has impressed, Mason’s decision could come down to official visits.  He has not scheduled any to this point, but Kansas, Pitt, Rutgers and Tech have inquired about getting him on campus in an official capacity.