Guard's eligibility to resume in 2006-07

Updated: June 8, 2005, 7:30 PM ET news services

Guard Dameon Mason has decided to transfer from Marquette's basketball team to LSU, according to LSU's Web site. Mason will have to sit out this coming season and have two years of eligibility left when he begins play in 2006-07.

LSU men's basketball coach John Brady announced Wednesday that his office had received signed letter-of-intent papers from Mason of Kansas City, Mo.

Mason chose LSU over Illinois and Tennessee,'s Pat Forde reported.

Milwaukee to Baton Rouge, where he will be eligible for the 2006-07 season after sitting out the 2005-06 campaign under transfer rules. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.-->

The 6-foot-5, 190-pound Mason averaged 11.9 points per game last season for the 19-12 Marquette team and was third on the team in scoring, starting 28 games and averaging 30.4 minutes a game. Mason shot 42.6 percent from the field (142-of-333), averaging 5.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists per contest.

As a freshman, Mason earned Conference USA All-Freshman team honors, averaging 9.0 points per game with 17 starts and an average of 21.8 minutes per game. Mason averaged 4.5 rebounds per contest.

"We are very pleased to have Dameon Mason join our basketball program," Brady said. "He was very highly regarded senior out of West Aurora [Ill.] High School and has had two good years at Marquette. Dameon will fulfill a need that we will have on our team after next season, giving us a very athletic perimeter player. We feel he will have an outstanding two years at LSU."

In his senior season at West Aurora, Mason averaged 20.9 points and was second in the voting for the 2002-03 Mr. Basketball Award in the state of Illinois. He was ranked 40th in the nation by and 38th nationally by He also played with former LSU basketball player, Brandon Bass, after his senior season in high school in the EA Sports All-Star game in Chicago.

College basketball senior writer Pat Forde contributed to this report.