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Sioux Falls' Anthony Mason, Jr. Named NBA D-League Performer of Week

NEW YORK, Dec. 27, 2011 – Anthony Mason Jr. of the Sioux Falls Skyforce was today named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Dec 19-25.

For the week, the 6-7, 205-pound forward out of St. John’s averaged 21.0 points on 51 percent shooting, to go with 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists, as the Skyforce went 2-1.

Mason Jr. registered his first double-double of the season, finishing with 22 points and 12 rebounds as the Skyforce defeated Springfield, 103-99 on Sunday, Dec. 25, the team’s third game in four nights. Mason tallied 23 points, six rebounds, three assists and three blocks in a 104-95 loss to Canton on Friday, Dec. 23. He opened the week with 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting in a 100-96 win over Fort Wayne on Thursday, Dec. 22. For the season, Mason Jr. is averaging 16.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists.

Other top performers considered include:

...the Reno Bighorns’ Blake Ahearn, who averaged 23.5 points and 9.0 assists;
...the Rio Grande Valley Vipers’ Stanley Asumnu, who averaged 20.0 points and 7.0 rebounds;
...the Idaho Stampede’s Tony Bobbitt, who averaged 22.0 points and 5.5 assists;
...the Maine Red Claws’ Justin Brownlee, who averaged 22.0 points and 11.0 rebounds;
...the Los Angeles D-Fenders’ Brandon Costner, who averaged 27.5 points and 7.5 rebounds;
...the Maine Red Claws’ Paul Harris, who averaged 19.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.0 assists;
...the Springfield Armor’s Lance Hurdle, who averaged 17.0 points and 5.7 rebounds;
...the Bakersfield Jam’s Juan Pattillo, who averaged 16.0 points and 7.5 rebounds;
...the Maine Red Claws’ Courtney Pigram, who averaged 24.0 points and 3.0 assists;
...the Texas Legends’ Chris Roberts, who averaged 24.0 points and 3.5 rebounds;
...the Rio Grand Valley Vipers’ Julian Sensley, who averaged 18.0 points and 8.0 rebounds;
...and the Iowa Energy’s Ben Strong, who averaged 12.5 points and 5.0 rebounds.