According to multiple reports, Yale’s leading scorer Makai Mason will miss the entire 2016-17 season with a foot injury. Mason recently suffered a broken foot in practice.
Via the Associated Press (h/t ESPN), school spokesman Timothy Bennett said Mason came down awkwardly on the foot during a closed scrimmage against Boston University on Saturday and will need surgery.
With this news, Mason’s playing days in the Ivy League may be over, as the Ivy League does not grant medical redshirts.
He can either withdraw and transfer to another school or stay at Yale and lose a semester of eligibility.
With his injury Makai Mason has a decision.Withdraw from school or finish and lose a semester of eligibility. No redshirt in the @IvyLeague
— Seth Greenberg (@SethOnHoops) November 9, 2016
Mason, a 6’1”, 185-pound junior from Greenfield, Massachusetts is coming off a 2015-16 campaign in which he led the Bulldogs with 16 points and 3.8 assists per game and also adding 2.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 42.7 percent from the field, 80.6 from the free-throw line and 35.7 from three-point range.
For his efforts, Mason was named to the All-Ivy League first team.
Of course, Mason really stepped up his game in the NCAA Tournament. No one will forget his 31 points, six rebounds and four assists in the Bulldogs’ first-round upset win over No-5 seed Baylor in last season’s NCAA Tournament.
In two NCAA Tournament games, Mason averaged 19.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game.
After the tournament, Mason flirted with the idea of bolting to the NBA before deciding to withdraw his name from consideration.
The Bulldogs are coming off a tremendous season which, of course, was punctuated by their first NCAA appearance since 1962.
Yale will open its 2016-17 Sunday when they travel to Washington to take on Lorenzo Romar’s Huskies.