Mason was one of the most heralded basketball players to ever enroll at Bradley University in the 1950s. As a freshman guard out of his native Centralia, Ill., Mason broke the Bradley Field House individual scoring record with 38 points. He played on two Bradley teams that won NIT championships in 1957 and ’60 and finished his career with 1,229 points. He twice was named All-Missouri Valley Conference. After a 2-year stint in the U.S. Army, Mason joined the Harlem Globetrotters. His 12-year career with the Globetrotters, in which he eventually served as captain, ended in 1976. He has been inducted into both the Bradley University Sports Hall of Fame as well as the Greater Peoria (Ill.) Sports Hall of Fame. Mason lived and worked for awhile in Akron.