Yale point guard Makai Mason will play for the Bulldogs next season and become a grad transfer following the 2017-18 college basketball season, a source told FanRag Sports on Tuesday.
Mason injured his foot during a preseason scrimmage last fall and underwent season-ending surgery immediately after. There was some belief that he could graduate and play elsewhere this spring, but Mason will indeed return to the Ivy League next year.
“He will play for Yale next season,” one source said.
The 6-1 point guard averaged 16.0 points, 3.8 assists, and 2.8 rebounds last season and was instrumental in leading the Bulldogs to an upset win over Baylor in the Round of 64. He also shot 43 percent from the floor and 36 from behind the arc.
Coming out of high school, Mason was the NEPSAC Class A Player of the Year as a senior at The Hotchkiss School. During his last season playing high school hoops, he averaged 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists per outing. Most recruiting service websites had him listed as a two-star prospect coming out of high school.
Yale is currently 14-7 on the season and next hosts Princeton on Friday. The Bulldogs are currently tied for second place in the Ivy League.
Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.