The first time Fawaz Mass vividly remembers playing basketball is when he was 8 years old outside with the kids he grew up with in his neighborhood. His first organized basketball game was in a local Boys and Girls Club Youth League. From there, he played a lot more basketball and remembers watching NBA games with his dad on TV.
Mass went onto play shooting guard at Taunton High School, where he earned a spot on the varsity team by the end of sophomore year. He described his team as a close-knit group of guys who fought a lot at practice, but always shared jokes and laughs after. He grew a lot in his time there, from averaging 10 points per game his junior year and being an Old Colony All-Star to averaging 15 points per game his senior year and being a Hockomock League All-Star and a Dave Cowens Award Nominee. Some of his favorite high school basketball memories include his very first varsity game versus the city rival, Coyle and Cassidy High School and his first state tournament game against Needham and how nervous he was.
After one year at Bristol Community College, Mass continued his success for three years at Bridgewater State University, staying a shooting guard. His teammates at BSU became and still are his brothers.
“I love basketball but being with those guys in the trenches everyday made you appreciate the game even more.”
Mass notes that the coaching staff helped him a lot and those coaches are even better people off the court. In three seasons at Bridgewater State, Mass amassed 962 points, 292 rebounds, 85 assists, 28 blocks and 52 steals. He is a career 44% (324-739) shooter from the field and 73% (275-374) at the line. His favorite memories there include coming back down 16 against Springfield College at home and winning tournament MVP, and also beating the nationally-ranked Endicott team in their gym. Mass says each year was a good year individually because of the work he put in during the off-season. Mass made the All-Conference Team his junior and senior year and was the Bears leading scorer. However, team wise, there were some things he didn’t get to accomplish that he wishes he could have.
However, organized basketball isn’t over for Fawaz Mass.
The head coach at Bridgewater State was contacted by an overseas scout who asked if Fawaz would be interested in getting a scholarship to study for his Masters (MBA) and play basketball in London. Mass was immediately interested and stayed diligent in communicating with the coaches and staff in London. He worked out the fine details and signed on a letter of intent with London for a year-long commitment. He describes the process as a door opening for him and he is excited to see what may occur down the road.
“I’m blessed for the opportunity and hopefully more opportunities come my way.”
Mass would like to thank his coaches, teammates, family and friends for the love and support throughout his basketball career. Readers can check back at SAFV for updates and watch Mass’ highlight on YouTube here.