Yale senior guard Makai Mason has been fully cleared for all basketball related activities after dealing with a foot injury that kept him out for the entire 2016-17 season, according to FanRag’s Jon Rothstein.
Mason, whose official diagnosis was a broken foot, had a career season in 2015-16, as he helped lead the Bulldogs to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1962. The 6’1″ guard from Massachusetts averaged 16.0 points, 3.8 assists and 2.8 rebounds, including a 31-point, 6-rebound performance in a first round upset over Baylor.
With only eight points on 2-of-12 shooting from Mason, Yale went on to lose in the second round of the Big Dance to Duke.
Without Mason in 2016-17, Yale finished at 18-11 overall and 9-5 in the Ivy League, failing to make the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back years for the first time in the history of the program.
The Bulldogs are one of the preseason favorites in the Ivy League this year, alongside the Harvard Crimson.
Because the Ivy League does not offer redshirt years for athletes, this will be the last season of eligibility for Mason at Yale before he will transfer to Baylor as a graduate student in 2018-19.
Mason shoots the ball well from the perimeter and is a high IQ point guard who plays under control. Despite being undersized, the guard has a knack for making plays off the dribble and getting his teammates involved.
He considered entering the NBA Draft following his breakout performance in the NCAA Tournament, but opted to remain in school. The next two years will offer Mason the chance to prove scouts that he has fully recovered from his foot issues and that he can compete against high-level, big-time programs on a nightly basis.