Playing for a good team has its perks. For Nate Mason, CP3's deep run at the EYBL finals enabled him to showcase his effective, if understated game to a wide variety of coaches. Heading into the fall, he has picked up several offers and will have a choice from among good athletic and academic programs.
Mason understands how to step up in pressure cooker situations. In a playoff contest last season versus Berkmar, he scored 24 points to lead his squad a dramatic victory. He also scored 21 points in CP3's finals loss to Each 1 Teach 1. Because he's a good jump shooter from mid-range and from three, he's able to deliver clutch buckets.
Coaches obviously agree, and now Mason will weigh one key factor as he mulls his eventual choice.
"The thing those schools have in common is how their guards play," Mason said. "I like the way they all play their guards, that's the big thing."
Mason added that he plans to decide prior to the beginning of his senior season in order to get the commitment behind him. He cited academics as another priority, and the high academic programs on his list speak to the fact that he's not merely paying lip service.