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Niagara's Antoine Mason, the nation's second leading scorer last year, to transfer

Antoine MasonAntoine Mason takes on Maryland in this file photo from 2011. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

One of the top scorers in the country is set to join a new team.

Niagara guard Antoine Mason is transferring, the school announced Wednesday. After graduating this spring, Mason, a rising senior, will be eligible to play this upcoming season for a different program.

"I know Antoine enjoyed playing here, and I'm sure this was a difficult decision for him and his family,” Niagara coach Chris Casey said in a press release. “Antoine played a big role in our basketball program for the past four years and we are proud that he earned his bachelor's degree from Niagara University. Now it is time for us to move forward with the players who are committed to continuing the tremendous legacy of the Niagara University Purple Eagles."

In 33 games last season, Mason, the son of former NBA forward Anthony Mason, shot 44 percent and averaged 25.6 points, trailing only Creighton’s Doug McDermott (26.7). The 6-foot-3 guard also ranked among the nation’s leaders in minutes percentage (94.1) and fouls drawn per 40 minutes (8.0), according to Kenpom.com. Considering his track record as a scorer, Mason should be a coveted asset on the transfer market.

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