Former Virginia basketball star Roger Mason was back in Charlottesville this week, working as a coach at the NBPA Top 100 Camp.
Mason is now the vice president of the NBA Players Association which runs the camp at John Paul Jones Arena. The NBA veteran played in 25 games for the Miami Heat in the 2013-2014 season.
"I feel like I have a lot to give back," he said. "I've been very fortunate to have a long NBA career. And it's always nice to be back on campus, had a chance to see Coach Bennett and some of the guys on the team, so it's been a good time."
Mason says he keeps track of the Cavaliers current squad even when he's playing during season. This year, he watched as UVa won both the ACC regular season and conference tournament championships and went on a run to the Sweet 16.
"I've been in the league 11 years, and we haven't had too many times when we could cheer," he said of the Cavs' historic season. "But this year we did and it was great. I was following those guys all year and we're expecting big things next year as well.
"I've been seeing them, they're working really hard which I love to see. They've got aspirations to do it again and go even further in the tournament, so I think they're going to have success next year."