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Clayton State basketball court named for former athletic director
Clayton State basketball court named for former athletic director

MORROW, Ga. -- The basketball court at Clayton State University has been renamed Mason Barfield Court in honor of the school's former athletic director.

The name will officially take effect at the start of the 2012-13 basketball season, which begins Nov. 13. Mason Barfield founded Clayton State's basketball program 23 years ago. He retired as athletic director last fall.

"Mason took a vision and turned it into a reality. Very few people get the opportunity to embark on taking a program from its inception and bringing it to the level Mason has. It is truly a remarkable accomplishment," Clayton State athletic director Carl McAloose said in a statement.

An official naming ceremony for the gym will take place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 13 between the women's and men's games.

Barfield is a native of Hahira, Ga., near Valdosta. He came to Clayton State in 1989 after serving as assistant men's basketball coach at Kennesaw State University for one year. During his first five seasons with the Clayton State Lakers, he led the team to victory at two regular season conference championships. He also guided the school's athletic program from NAIA to NCAA Division II status.

The success of Clayton State's basketball program was culminated in 2011 when the Lady Lakers beat Michigan Tech to capture the school's first NCAA Division II national championship.

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