According to a report from Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel, Yale point guard Makai Mason plans to declare for the 2016 NBA Draft. With a new rule in place this season, players are allowed to “test the waters” but still return to school if they don’t like their prospective draft status.
“We want to take advantage of that new rule, show people beyond the Ivy League what he’s capable of,” said Makai’s father, Dan Mason.
The sophomore guard will most likely return to the Bulldogs next season, but after making a name for himself on the national stage this month, he might as well give his dreams a shot. Leading the way for Yale as the Bulldogs upset the fifth-seeded Baylor Bears in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Mason shocked the college basketball world with 31 points in the school’s first tourney victory ever.
Mason struggled to the tune of just eight points on 2-of-12 shooting in the second round against Duke, but he did hand out seven assists in the loss. The sophomore averaged 16.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 32.7 minutes per game on the year.
Upping the ante from his freshman year, Mason previously averaged 6.2 points over 19.2 minutes per game during his inaugural collegiate campaign.