LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- He might not have been a household name on the national hoops circuit prior to the summer, but Dameon Mason has carved himself a nice niche out this summer playing for Mac Irvin's Illinois Fire program.
Mason, a lanky, quick and athletic 6-4, 183 pound swingman, is an active presence in transition and an especially dangerous slasher and finisher.
The West Aurora H.S. product told Rivalshoops.com that his top four schools are Missouri, Oklahoma, Boston College and Marquette. Of that lot, he has only unofficially visited Marquette (Oct. 2001).
In addition to that quarter, he is also strongly considering Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Iowa State, Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Colorado, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas, Memphis, Cincinnati, DePaul and Houston.
Mason began the summer at the adidas ABCD Camp and then attended the Three Stripes Tournament with the Fire. He has continued his momentum this week at the Big Time, where he put on quite a show in the Fire's opening pool play game against the Middlesex Magic (an 87-81 loss).
Simply put, Mason is a high wire act in transition who consistently beats defenders up the court for easy buckets. If he can develop a more consistent jumper and continue to fill out his frame, there's no telling how good a player he could become down the road.
This past season at West Aurora, Mason averaged 21 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks per contest.
In the classroom, he said he has a 2.4 GPA and has scored a 19 on the ACT.
Mason will wind up the summer this week at the Big Time, and we will keep you posted on his recruitment in the weeks to follow, so stay tuned!