Makai Mason in 2009
|Born||May 4, 1995|
|Nationality||American / German|
|Listed height||185 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Listed weight||84 kg (185 lb)|
|High school||Hotchkiss School|
|NBA draft||2019 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
Makai Mason (born May 4, 1995) is an American-German professional basketball player for Alba Berlin of the Basketball Bundesliga. He played college basketball for the Yale Bulldogs and Baylor Bears.
A Greenfield, Massachusetts, native, Mason attended The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut. He garnered NEPSAC Class A Player of the Year honors as a senior and enrolled at Yale University in 2014. In his first year in college, Mason appeared in 31 games for the Bulldogs with per-game averages of 6.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists, earning him the John C. Cobb Outstanding Freshman Award.
His sophomore campaign in 2015-16 was his breakout year. Mason took home All-Ivy League First Team honors, along with a NABC District 13 Second Team selection. He was also recognized with the Bill Madden Toughness Award and was the co-recipient of the Dutch Arnold Most Valuable Player Award (alongside his teammate Justin Sears). Mason emerged as Yale's leading scorer (16.0ppg) and assist man (3.8apg), while guiding the Bulldogs to their first ever NCAA Tournament victory, hitting on 9-of-18 from the field and netting a career-high 31 points in Yale's 79-75 upset win over heavily favored Baylor. Yale fell short to Duke in the second round.
Mason declared for the 2016 NBA draft, but later withdrew his name.
On November 8, 2016, it was announced that Mason would miss the entire 2016–17 College Basketball season with a broken right foot. He suffered a stress fracture in his left foot in November 2017.
In 2018, Mason transferred to Baylor University to complete his basketball eligibility as a graduate student for the 2018–19 season.
Mason has dual citizenship in the United States and Germany, his mother was born in Mainz, Germany. In 2016, Mason was selected for the German national basketball team, to play in the qualification rounds for the EuroBasket 2017. He played his first official game for Team Germany on July 30 against Ukraine.
- RealGM.com profile
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