James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball, will welcome four freshmen to campus this fall. Eric Anderson, Sem Kroon, Makai Mason and Landon Russell bring strong credentials to New Haven. Over the next week, yalebulldogs.com will spotlight the newcomers. Today, meet Makai Mason from Greenfield, Mass., and The Hotchkiss School.
Makai Mason • Guard • 6-1 • 185 • Greenfield, Mass. • The Hotchkiss School
Before Yale: NEPSAC Class A Player of the Year as a senior at The Hotchkiss School… Four-time all-league selection… Averaged 20 points, five rebounds and eight assists… Holds the single-game school record with 45 points… Helped Hotchkiss to a pair of Founders League championships… Team was Class A runner-up in his senior season… Played with Marquette guard Derrick Wilson and Virginia's Michael Tobey at Hotchkiss.
Personal: Cousins Amber and Ashley Mason both reached the 1,000-point and 1,000-rebound mark at Longwood… Volunteered at an orphanage in the Dominican Republic… Volunteer at Little Guild of Saint Francis For the Welfare of the Animals… Father Dan was on the coaching staff at Hotchkiss… Son of Dan Mason and Jody Sieben… Has three brothers – Sandino, Yukio and Akira.
Why Yale? "Yale presents an amazing opportunity to pursue intellectual growth. The campus has a warm vibe and the people I met were welcoming and open. I also felt the coaching staff were the most genuine I had met in the recruiting process."
Jones On Mason: "Makai is a tough, athletic, hard-nosed point guard. He's a gym rat, and we look forward to his leadership and dedication."
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