Mason Rocca

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Mason Rocca
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Mason Rocca in his famous hook shot.
No. 11 – Aurora Jesi
Position Power forward
League Legadue Basket
Personal information
Born (1977-11-06) November 6, 1977 (age 36)
Evanston, Illinois
Nationality American / Italian
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 216 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Evanston Township
(Evanston, Illinois)
College Princeton (1996–2000)
NBA draft 2000 / Undrafted
Pro playing career 2000–present
Career history
2000–2001 Trenton Shooting Stars
2001–2004 Aurora Jesi
2004–2008 Basket Napoli
2008–2012 Olimpia Milano
2012–2013 Virtus Bologna
2013–present Aurora Jesi

Richard Mason Rocca (born November 6, 1977) is an American born Italian professional basketball player for Aurora Jesi of the Legadue Basket. Born in Evanston, Illinois, his father is of Italian descent. He stands 204 cm tall, weighs 98 kg, and he plays as a forward-center.

Club career[edit]

Rocca played collegiately at Princeton University while achieving a degree in engineering. Following his college career in 2000, he played basketball for the Trenton Shooting Stars, of the International Basketball League.

In 2001, he moved to Europe joining Aurora Jesi of the Italian LegADue. Rocca's skills would developed through hard work during this span and in 2004 he moved to Naples.

In the following three years, he became an integral part of the team and an idol of the local supporters. In 2006 he was a member of the Italian Cup Championship Napoli squad that reached the Playoff semifinal (lost against Fortitudo Bologna).

In 2007, his team has participated in the Euroleague and lost in the Italian Supercup match against Benetton Treviso.

In 2008 he joined Armani Jeans Milano where he helped the team make it to the second round (round of 16) in the Euroleague, and to the semi-finals of the Italian Lega A where they lost to Siena. He continues in 2009 to play with Armani Jeans Milano.

On July 23, 2012, Rocca signed with Virtus Bologna.[1] In July 2013, he returned to his former club Aurora Basket Jesi.

Italian League career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 Napoli 37 16 22.8 .559 .000 .557 7.1 .8 1.5 .1 10.1
2005–06 Napoli 42 2 22.2 .599 .000 .679 7.1 .6 1.9 .2 10.7
2006–07 Napoli 37 24 26.1 .615 .000 .549 7.0 .8 1.8 .1 11.6
2007–08 Napoli 33 30 27.5 .583 .000 480 7.9 1.1 2.3 .1 11.2
2008–09 Milano 40 11 13.9 .533 .000 .611 4.3 .3 1.3 .1 5.4
2009–10 Milano 18 12 22.6 590 .000 .642 5.4 .4 1.3 .1 8.4
Career 209 95 22.2 .583 .000 .581 6.5 .7 1.6 .1 9.6

Italian national team[edit]

Rocca was a member of the Italian senior roster at World Championship in 2006.

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Rocca is married to his high school sweetheart and has four children. Rocca's many nicknames include Roc-croc, May May, Strokka, and BEBO! Growing up he had two dogs, Rosie and Wizzer. In Olimpia Milano he is simply the "Sindaco" i.e. the major of the city

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Virtus Bologna officially signs Mason Rocca". Sportando. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 

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