Mason Rocca in his famous hook shot.
|No. 11 – Aurora Jesi|
November 6, 1977 |
|Nationality||American / Italian|
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||216 lb (98 kg)|
|High school||Evanston Township
|NBA draft||2000 / Undrafted|
|2000–2001||Trenton Shooting Stars|
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.
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 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 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.
Italian League career statistics
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Italian national team
Rocca was a member of the Italian senior roster at World Championship in 2006.
Awards and accomplishments
- Italian Cup (2006)
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 Napoli he was simply the "Sindaco" i.e. the major of the city.
- "Virtus Bologna officially signs Mason Rocca". Sportando. Retrieved 24 September 2012.