by Roger Wistar
The next two seasons of basketball should be momentous for Makai Mason '14, who recently was named captain of the Yale men's basketball team for next season and announced his plans to play his final season at Baylor in 2018.
Mason was forced to sit out his entire junior year at Yale due to a foot injury. Ivy League rules prevent an athlete from taking a redshirt season due to athletic reasons, so his Yale career will end next spring as he graduates from school.
With one year left of eligibility left, however, Mason chose to take advantage of a recent NCAA rule change that allows graduate students to transfer and be immediately eligible, paving his way to join the Bears in 2018.
Baylor should be well familiar with the 6'1" point guard, as he torched the Bears for 31 points en route to a 79-75 victory in the first round of the 2016 NCAA tournament, earning the first-ever tournament win for the Bulldogs.
But the work is not done for Mason in New Haven, where he was elected one of four captains for 2017-2018. The team narrowly missed out on another tourney bid last season, falling in the finals of the inaugural Ivy League tournament, and will aim to return in his final season.
If they do, Mason will likely play a major role, as he earned first team All-Ivy honors as a sophomore and received the team's award for best freshman.