Yale’s Makai Mason will miss 2016-17 season with foot injury

Yale's Makai Mason, center, drives between Duke's Marshall Plumlee (40) and Grayson Allen (3) during the first half in the second-round of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Providence, R.I., Saturday, March 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

(WTNH)–Yale point guard Makai Mason will miss the upcoming basketball season with a foot injury, News 8’s Erik Dobratz has learned.

The injury, which will require surgery, occurred in a scrimmage on Saturday.

This is a big loss for Yale, which won its first Ivy League title in 54 years last March and was gearing up for another run at the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs finished with a No. 23 ranking in the final USA Today Coaches’ Poll last season, and received six votes in this year’s preseason poll.

Mason led the team in scoring (16 ppg) and assists (3.8) last year. He poured in a career-high 31 in Yale’s first-round NCAA Tournament win over Baylor.

The 6-1 junior guard even declared for the NBA Draft this offseason, going through workouts and gauging interest from teams before withdrawing his name.

Yale head coach James Jones said senior Anthony Dallier (5 ppg, 1.3 apg) will take over point guard duties in Mason’s absence.

The Bulldogs open the season at Washington on November 13. They also travel to Virginia on November 20 and Pittsburgh on Nov. 22.

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