Men's Basketball Arrives in Hawaii

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Men's Basketball Arrives in Hawaii

LAHAINA, Maui — The LSU men’s basketball team arrived at the Kahului Airport in Maui about 8:15 p.m. HST (12:15 a.m. CST) Thursday Fifth-year senior forward Dameon Mason traveled to Hawaii with the LSU men’s basketball team Thursday but will not play in the EA Sports Maui Invitational.

The 6-foot-5 Mason was diagnosed with a viral infection in the muscles surrounding his heart Wednesday and did not play in a 78-74 triumph over McNeese State, instead spending most of the day and evening at the hospital undergoing tests.

Mason was cleared to make the long trip to Maui, but he was not cleared to take the court. His playing status will be re-evaluated on a week-to-week basis.

“It’s something that could clear up next week or may take several weeks,” LSU coach John Brady said Thursday morning. “We caught it fairly early and his doctors feel like they can get it under control. They did say if it would have gone undetected, it could have developed into something very serious, so we caught it at the right time.”

With Mason out of action, sophomore Alex Farrer and freshman Garrett Green figure to get on the court in Hawaii as the Tigers will play three games in three days.

after an all-day travel schedule that had the team leaving from in front of the LSU Athletic Department on a bus to the New Orleans airport at 7 a.m. CST that morning.

The Tigers after arriving received the traditional lei greeting and were greeted by tournament personnel from the EA Sports Maui Invitational who helped the Tigers gather their luggage and board the charter bus for the 45-minute drive to the Western side of the island of Maui and their headquarters for the week, the Westin Maui at Kaanapoli, just outside the host city of Lahaina, Maui.

The Tigers practiced for the first time on the island at the alternate practice site at Lahainaluna High School, a gymnasium and high school several hundred feet on a mountain hillside overlooking Lahaina. The Tigers went for about 2 ? hours, forced to go with just 10 players with the absence of Dameon Mason who is on the trip but not cleared to play and Quintin Thornton who is still recovering from his preseason surgery for a torn pectorial muscle.

Speaking of Mason, Coach John Brady declared out for the tournament while the team was traveling on Thursday after several tests were performed on the fifth-year senior.

Mason was diagnosed with a viral infection in the muscles surrounding his heart Wednesday. He did not play in the McNeese State game Wednesday while undergoing several tests.

Mason was cleared to make the long trip to Maui, but he was not cleared to take the court. His playing status will be re-evaluated on a week-to-week basis.

“It’s something that could clear up next week or may take several weeks,” LSU coach John Brady said Thursday. “We caught it fairly early and his doctors feel like they can get it under control. They did say if it would have gone undetected, it could have developed into something very serious, so we caught it at the right time.”

The Tigers in their first practice worked extensively on defensive sets and also attacking offensively different defensive sets. The Tigers were scheduled to practice Saturday at the high school mid-morning Hawaii Standard Time before getting a look at the Lahaina Civic Center for their practice on Sunday.