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Jimmies' Mason Walters makes history as First Team All-American

Walters is the first back-to-back All-American in program history.

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University of Jamestown's Mason Walters does his signature spin-off-the-defender move in a game against Dakota Wesleyan at the Newman.
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Where Mason Walters goes, history follows. The University of Jamestown men’s basketball junior was named a First Team All-American for the second time in his career.

Walters said that he was first alerted to the accomplishment in his accounting class when Jimmies head coach Danny Neville texted him.

Walters became the first Jimmie in program history to record a 700-point season, finishing with 751. His 981 rebounds were enough to see him become the all-time leading rebounder in program history. The Jamestown native also moved his name to the precipice of the all-time career points leader, currently sitting 18 points behind Brequan Tucker’s career record.

Walters is also the first Jimmie to be named a first team All-American twice in a career and in consecutive seasons. Walters helped lead his team to a 26-10 record and their second consecutive Sweet 16 appearance, averaging a program record 24.2 points per game, good for second in the NAIA. He also had 22 double-doubles and was ranked in the top 10 in rebounds per game, total rebounds and defensive rebounds.

Neville noted that Walters' ability to knock down 3-pointers this season, to the tune of 40%, helped him get this honor.

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“You don’t necessarily want to focus on it in the moment but with looking back recapping our season, our league is really good and the second thing is Mason consistently was really good,” Neville said. “His stats and double-doubles and hitting threes there the second part of the season, he was unbelievable.”

Walters is the eighth repeat honoree and 26th player overall in program history to be named an All-American. He is also the first first-team selection since Travis Burley in 2011-12 season. He is the ninth All-American selection since Neville’s first season as an assistant coach in the 2012-13 season. Walters is also one of eight selections to the first team who is a back-to-back selection this season.

“For having this be the second time he’s done it, looking back we believed in him and we thought he could do this but I don’t think anybody knew it would be at this level,” Neville said. “But he’s put in the work and put in the time and had a great attitude about everything. He deserves it.”

Walters continued to give credit to the players around him for this achievement.

“It’s pretty special and shows all the hard work me and my teammates put into this,” Walters said.

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My name is Max O'Neill. I am a Sports Reporter at The Jamestown Sun. I am a native New Yorker, who graduated from Ithaca College in 2020 with a degree in Television-Radio.
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