Posted: 2:50 pm Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Mason named to preseason All-America team 

By Ken Sugiura

This will fall in the category of “other things that happened to Georgia Tech guard Shaquille Mason in the last few days.” The All-ACC guard was named to the second team of SI.com’s preseason All-America team. The honor arrives five days after Mason became a first-time father. He and his girlfriend Sabrina Gonzalez welcomed Kamrie Maleah Mason to the family Aug. 7.

The honor presumably compensates for Mason being left off the preseason All-ACC team, despite being named to the media’s All-ACC first team last year. Tech will face eight of the players on the 30-member team.

First team

Running back Todd Gurley, Georgia

Defensive end Vic Beasley, Clemson

Linebacker Ramik Wilson, Georgia

Cornerback Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech

Returner Ryan Switzer, North Carolina

Second team:

Guard Laken Tomlinson, Duke

Linebacker Denzel Perryman, Miami

Safety Anthony Harris, Virginia

Fairly irrelevant, but interesting: Mason is one of two Shaq’s on the team, along with Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson. About the time of Mason’s birth (1993; he turns 21 on the 28th of August), there was a spike in babies named Shaquille.

5 comments
PaulinNH
PaulinNH

Fairly irrelevant, but interesting: Mason is one of two Shaq’s on the team, along with Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson. About the time of Mason’s birth (1993; he turns 21 on the 28th of August), there was a spike in babies named Shaquille.

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You heard it hear first - SI preseason team in 2030 will have 4 LeBron's

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

Hopefully Shaq will get to play against a couple more members of the SI team - like Jameis Wilson and the other 4 guys from FSU

FBYJ
FBYJ

It's hard to understand how someone can be first-team all-conference in 2013, second-team all-American in 2014 ... but not be an all-conference selection in 2014.  Nevertheless, it's great to see Shaq getting some much-deserved recognition.  I look forward to good things from this year's Jackets team.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@FBYJ In fairness, part of that is a testament to how talented the ACC is.  Similarly, Jamal Golden, after basically sitting out a year, has been all but forgotten as a PR/KR.  It's not that the media feels JG isn't worthy, it's that others stepped up as well.  This is a VERY talented conference.