There will be some hometown flavour in the line-up when the Vancouver Dragons open their inaugural season in the American Basketball Association next month at the Richmond Olympic Oval against Las Vegas.
The club has signed 6-foot-6 guard/swingman Elliot Mason who enjoyed an outstanding high school career at JN Burnett before a decorated collegiate career with the Langara Falcons.
The 25-year-old joins the Dragons from the Niagara Red Lions of the NBL Canada.
He helped the Falcons win the national championship in 2014 and back-to-back PacWest titles (2013-14). Mason was a Pac West First Team All-Star in his final season three years ago after being a three-time Second Team All-Star.
He ranks 12th in PacWest all-time career points with 1112 and 18th in assists with 220 in 85 career games. His signing was highly recommended by his former Langara coach Paul Eberhardt.
This past summer, Mason earned MVP honours in helping the X-Falcons capture the 33rd Dolphin Classic — the popular 4-on-4 outdoor tournament held at South Arm Park.
The Dragons host Las Vegas on Nov. 3 at the Oval. They are part of the ABA Far West Division with the hopes of making it to St. Louis next March for the ABA Elite Eight Championships.