(WTNH)–At first look, Makai Mason may not instill fear in an opponent.
“Definitely my appearance wouldn’t yield that, but I think they’re starting to realize what I can do,” Mason said.
“They think they have him, press up on him, and he goes right by you,” said head coach James Jones. “He takes advantage of that.”
He has the face of a choir boy. We’ve said it before and now his grandmother is buying in.
“My grandmother saw that. That’s her go-to now. It’s catching on with her,” Mason said.
With the ball in his hands, it’s easy to sing Mason’s praises. His game face is all business.
“He’s got a face of a killer in the best sense of the word,” Jones said.
“He’s a veteran, very prepared, focused every single game,” said senior guard Jack Montague. “He’s definitely a spark for us.”
Mason’s talent has exploded during his sophomore season. It’s a combination of dedication and athleticism. He can wow you on occasion.
“I try to pull it out every once in a while and bring some excitement to the building,” he said.
Mason has more than doubled his scoring average from a year ago, with 15 and a half points per game.
He also leads the team in assists and minutes played. It’s not an accident; he lives in the gym.
“I wish I could [live in the gym],” he said. “I definitely would. I could spend as much time getting better as possible.”
“He works on his game all the time,” said Montague. “He’s always in the gym handling the ball.”
“I think he’s a ball-a-holic as we like to call it,” Jones said. “He really loves the game and feels really comfortable with the ball in his hands.”