- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 5, 2004

Seen and heard last night at University Hall in Charlottesville:

MAPP QUEST — Majestic Mapp has perhaps the best name in college basketball. Unfortunately, the Virginia guard never has lived up to his McDonald’s All-American hype out of Harlem’s St. Raymond’s High. Mapp’s production has steadily declined since his freshman year (1999-2000) when he averaged 5.3 points. A torn right ACL cost Mapp two seasons (2000-02), but he was granted a medical hardship for an additional season.

Coming off the Virginia bench last year, Mapp averaged just 2.4 points. Now a fifth-year senior, Mapp is averaging a minuscule 1.9 points off Virginia’s pine. Virginia insiders say Mapp, who received his bachelor’s degree in economics last spring, probably could petition the NCAA for another year of eligibility. However, embattled Cavaliers coach Pete Gillen is content to say goodbye to his prep legend.

CLARK’S MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE — Jason Clark, Virginia’s 6-foot-8 power forward, missed the Cavaliers’ first 12 games, but no official reason for his absence has been given. Virginia’s game notes said the Virginia Beach native rejoined the team but offered no explanation about where he was. Most 6-8 guys can’t hide that easily. The word is Clark, who averages 2.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in 17.5 minutes, was academically ineligible for the first semester.

FAMILIAR NAME — University Hall’s days are numbered. In the summer of 2006, Virginia is scheduled to open John Paul Jones Arena, a $129.8million, 15,000-seat arena. This isn’t the John Paul Jones you’re thinking about. UVa has no connection to the Revolutionary War admiral nor the Indy car racer. Virginia’s John Paul Jones is the son of a university benefactor.

Ken Wright

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