Jesse Mason, Lifetime member and faculty emeritus, was inducted into the 2021 Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame
Mason was a three-year starter at Arkansas Agriculture, Mechanical and Normal College (now University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff), earning All-Southwestern Athletic Confere
nce honors in 1958, 1959 and 1960. As a junior, he led the Golden Lions in scoring with a 24.3 average per game.
As a team captain his final season, Mason led the Golden Lions and the SWAC in scoring, averaging 25.2 ppg. There was no three-point line during his playing days, and Mason wa
s a shooter with great range. Mason is just one of three former players in the school’s basketball history to have his jersey number retired. He is the Lions’ third all-time leading scorer.