On a saturday morning in mid July, basketball freaks in Germany could expect one or two basketball rumours to be surfacing online about a player heading to a Beko BBL, Pro A or Pro B team, but generally it’s too early for any team to give a press release as those tend to surface later in the afternoon. In the last 24 hours, there had been some basketball rumours being talked about like ex Beko BBL player Filiberto Rivera who has been out of Europe since 2011 and been playing in the Americas the last years or Kyon Anderson from TCU who was linked to medi Bayreuth, but the most surprising news of the early weekend and something that became reality was that a young man by the name of Makai Mason (185-G) had suddenly popped into the minds of basketball fanatics in Germany, but did anyone know him? At first glance, the name doesn’t really sound German and at second glance why would the German basketball federation announce a press release with his name? Apparently nobody really knew that he had ties to Germany and he came out of the wood work and notified the German basketball federation that he had a German passport and asked may I play for Germany? After his hello, the German basketball federation invited him to a training camp on July 21st in Wurzburg where he will meet possible new teammates for this summer. The German basketball federation had to react as they had some cancellations as Anton Gavel, Lucca Staiger and Konstantin Klein all withdrew from competiting this summer.
Mason is a very interesting prospect as he is a 20 year old 185cm point guard from Greenfield, Massachusetts who started his basketball career at the prestigious Hotchkiss School in western Conneticut that isn’t only known for it’s high class academics, but also athletics and battle against the top prep schools in New England like Avon Old Frams school and is more known for breeding ice hockey talent than basketball, but Mason could make the school basketball proud with his further development as a player in the next years.In 2014, he started his basketball university career at Yale (NCAA) and as a freshman played 31 games averaging 6.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 35.4%, FT: 72.7%. He had his break out season last season playing 30 games averaging 16.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.8apg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 81.3%. Last season he showed fine consistency scoring in double figures in 25 of 30 games. He helped the school reach the NCAA tournament and had the game of his life steering 31 points against Baylor who were seeded fifth in a big 79-75 win. Yale then was knocked out against Duke in the next round 71-64 and the German posted eight points and dished out seven assists. Mason comes from a very athletic family as Cousins Amber and Ashley Mason both reached the 1,000-point and 1,000-rebound mark at Longwood. His father Dan was on the coaching staff at Hotchkiss. If he does find a spot on the German roster at the guard rotation which already has seeded players Dennis Schroder and Maodo Lo in front of him, then he should add an extra special dimension not only on the floor, but also off the court as his charachter skills could add an extra spark to the team chemsitry as some of his off court actions have been more than exemplary as he volunteered at an orphanage in the Dominican Republic and also volunteerd at the Little Guild of Saint Francis For the Welfare of the Animals. Awards and achievements in his young basketball career so far have been Ivy League Regular Season Co-Champion -15, Ivy League Runner-Up -15, Ivy League Champion -16, All-Ivy League 1st Team -16, and NABC All-District 13 2nd Team -16.