I knew Micah Mason would provide a nice boost off the bench and immediately become one of the best three point shooters in the Atlantic 10. I had no idea he would instantly become one of the Dukes best all around players.
Mason looks a little quicker than I expected and for a player who doesn’t score much off the drive, he possesses very good body control. He has a fairly typical body type for his size.
Mason provides the Dukes with a fourth combo guard who can score and distribute. When he gets the ball inside, he tends to pass first. When he gets a decent look from three, he’s not afraid to take the shot.
Effort to Output
Mason has provided a great deal of energy. I think he gives just about everything he can.
Very smart player as his 9:1 A:TO ratio might suggest. I don’t think I’ve seen him make a bad play on offense, but if you’re looking, you can catch him out of position on defense from time to time.
Micah has come in and done his best TJ McConnell impersonation early. However I wouldn’t call that a strong comparison in general as I don’t expect Mason to continue picking up steals at the rate he has early. He shows a shoot first mentality we never saw from TJ.
In general, I don’t have a good comp, because there aren’t many people who shoot the three as well Micah. The best I could do is call him a shorter version of DJ Peterson of LaSalle. They both can knock it down and don’t turn the ball over much. I do think Mason will be a higher volume shooter, but this is the best I can do.
First Year Outlook
If Micah Mason continues to play as well as he has, he will eat deeply into the starter’s minutes. He already has made a bigger impact than I expected and I think he’ll help the Dukes steal a win or two. He’s played extremely efficiently and has shared the ball as well or better than the rest of the team. Should he stay in his current role, he could enter the conversation for sixth man of the year.