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St. John's Basketball: Anthony Mason out for Red Storm season opener

Anthony Mason Jr., the Red Storm's leading returning scorer and centerpiece of the basketball team— is out for tonight’s season opener against St. Francis (NY):

Swingman Anthony Mason Jr. suffered a high ankle sprain in practice and missed an exhibition game against Molloy. He was going to try to get about 40 minutes of practice yesterday, but Roberts said he would not rush back his most versatile player.

Aw, crap.

DJ Kennedy, 6’6" freshman swingman out of Schenly High in Pittsburgh should get the start, along with fellow freshman Justin Burrell (PF), junior Tomas Jasiulionis (C), sophomore shooting guard Larry Wright, and senior captain (and Big East’s returning assist leader) Eugene Lawrence.

It’s St. Francis, but with the freshmen playing their first game—the aforementioned pair and likely Malik Boothe (PG), Paris Horne (SG), most likely Dele Coker (C), and possibly forward Sean Evans and guard/ forward Mike Cavataio—this could be an interesting game.