A bump in the road to recovery

After losing most of last season to foot surgery, Red Storm swingman Anthony Mason Jr. will miss the next four to six weeks with a hamstring injury, head coach Norm Roberts announced Tuesday.

“We’re disappointed for Anthony, because we know he wants to be out there,” Roberts said in a press release.”We have to give him time to recover so when he joins us on the court, he’ll be 100 percent.

“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.”

According to the release, team doctors have been carefully monitoring the hamstring injury, which Mason Jr. initially suffered in early September before the Red Storm’s four-game trip to Canada. After a re-examination over the weekend, a team doctor recommended the redshirt senior take even more time off to fully recover.

The hamstring injury comes months after Mason Jr. underwent foot surgery that ended his 2008-09 campaign, one that began with a 24-point game against Cornell and a 12-point outing against Boston College as part of the preseason NIT Tipoff tournament.

But on Nov. 21, the team announced that an MRI in Mason Jr.’s right foot revealed a torn peroneal tendon, requiring season-ending foot surgery. The team announced that Mason Jr. was granted medical redshirt status for the 2009-10 season on July 22.

In the months that followed, Mason Jr. was filmed rehabbing from the surgery for the MTV documentary series, True Life, which aired Sept. 19.

As a junior in 2007-08, Mason Jr. averaged 14.0 points per game earned a Big East Honorable Mention selection and a first team All-Met selection by the Metropolitan Basketball Association despite missing eight games due to high ankle sprain.