Three 804 athletes ink NBA deals, join Mason

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The 2017 NBA draft was a good one for the 804. 
Petersburg and Massanutten standout Frank Mason was drafted by the Sacramento Kings with the 34th selection. Mason is Petersburg’s 2nd leading scorer of all time, and then took a year at Massanutten Military Academy before starring at Kansas. Although the only player drafted was Mason, there were three other players originating from the Richmond area who inked deals with NBA teams after the draft. 

Devin Robinson, alum of Manchester and Christchurch School, has signed an NBA contract with the Washington Wizards after playing three years at the University of Florida. Many experts expected Robinson to be selected in the 2nd round of the draft, however he never heard his name called. The former Florida small forward was heavily recruited coming out of high school, where he started at Manchester but later transferred to Christchurch School in Christchurch, VA. Robinson won Virginia private school player of the year in 2012-2013 after leading Christchurch to the state championship. At Florida, Robinson averaged 23 minutes per game along with 9 points per game and 5 rebounds per game. The Wizards have locked up a solid small forward with NBA level athleticism and explosiveness. 

Although Syracuse senior Andrew White didn’t receive a call on draft night, he signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. White, originally from Chester, starred for Thomas Dale before transferring to the Miller School in Albemarle, VA. After receiving over 15 scholarship offers, White took an unconventional path through college. He started his career at Kansas before transferring to Nebraska, and then played his last year of eligibility at Syracuse as a fifth year graduate transfer. In White’s final two years of college with Nebraska and Syracuse, he averaged over 15 points per game and shot over 40% from 3-point range. White will be looking to use his explosive scoring to break into the rotation of last year’s NBA runners up. He could serve as a shooter/role player for a team that’s looking to take the NBA championship back from the Golden State Warriors. 

Former Cosby High School and University of Cincinnati floor general Troy Caupain has agreed to a contract with the Toronto Raptors after going undrafted in this year’s draft. In Caupain’s years at Cosby, he became the school’s career leader in rebounds and assists, 2nd all-time in points, and also set the school’s high jump record in track and field. He was also named Central Region player of the year and First-Team All State in his senior campaign. In Caupain’s freshman year at Cincinnati, he played behind the now-Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick. In his last three seasons, he was a mainstay in the Bearcats starting lineup and the team’s leading ball handler. At 6’4, 200 pounds, Caupain has the right frame to be an NBA point guard, and he was among the top 5 in the nation in assist to turnover ratio this past season, so he has the tools to crack the Raptors lineup if he can break out in the summer league. 

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