Getting to know Bashir Mason

Five years ago Bashir Mason was playing with Drexel in the NIT. Now the 28-year-old is going to become the youngest current head coach in Division I, as he’ll take over for Dan Hurley on Grymes Hill. The new Wagner head coach has spent time playing and coaching under players like Bruiser Flint and Hurley and was recommended by his former coach and boss to succeed him with the Seahawks.

Before he became a coach, Mason played for the Dragons, where he was a four-year starter under Flint. In Mason’s final season (2006-07) he was the second leading scorer, averaging 11.1 points per game as Drexel went 23-9. The Dragons lost to N.C. State in the NIT that season.

When Mason graduated from Drexel he headed out to St. Benedict’s. He was the head coach of the high school for one season during which the New Jersey power won the New Jersey Prep A State Title. He then headed to Marist as an assistant coach. In Mason’s two seasons with the Red Foxes they struggled a bit, but he did develop R.J. Hall into an All-MAAC Rookie Team performer.

Mason was Hurley’s original choice to takeover for him once it was clear that his brother, Bobby Hurley, was coming with him to URI. With Mason in the fold it appears that Wagner will retain many of the student athletes that helped the Seahawks finish 25-6 and 15-3 in the NEC. The continuity will help the team and should make for an interesting 2012-13 season on Grymes Hill.

Update: Here’s the official release from Wagner athletics confirming this whole thing is actually happening.

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