Mason set for big summer

Makai Mason is gaining steam in the Northeast. The young and talented guard already has some college interest and is set to run with the New England Playaz in July.

The past few spring and summers Naadir Tharpe has handled the point guard duties for the New England Playaz. But Tharpe is now off college and the Playaz have another young point guard set to take over.

Makai Mason, a 2014 prospect out of Lakeville (Conn.) Hotchkiss, is receiving rave reviews from those in the Northeast and he's expected to play a big role with the Playaz 17's squad in July.

"I just played my first tournament last weekend and I think it went pretty well," Mason told "They are all good kids. I didn't get a chance to play with Kaleb yet, but I'm looking forward to that."

"I just want to go out and prove myself because I'm not sure everyone knows about me," he added. "I'm just going to have fun with that."

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound point guard is coming off a freshman season where he averaged 15 points and spent time playing behind a pair of Division-1 players.

"It went well," he said of his freshman season. "It could have gone better. As a freshman I had Derrick Wilson in front of me and Clyde Smith is pretty good too."

"This year I played a lot off the ball at Hotchkiss with Derrick running the point, but I usually like to run the point," he added

Mason said his vision and leadership skills are among his strengths as a player.

"I think I can read the court really well," Mason said. "I try and make my teammates better throughout the game."

Although Mason is just a 2014 prospect, he's already begun to hear from college programs. Stanford, Temple, Notre Dame, Duke and UMass have all inquired about the talented guard.

"I have light interest, but I don't know what I want to do yet."

Mason took a trip to Durham (N.C.) this past weekend to participate in one of the summer camps.

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