Micah Mason, who is one of the most prolific scorers and shooters in WPIAL history is headed to Duquesne.
He spent this season - his freshman season - at Drake University and averaged 5.4 points per game in about 16 minutes and was the fourth most accurate 3-point shooter in the country (he made about 51 percent from 3-pointers).
He obviously won't be able to help Duquesne next season as he will have to sit out but he could help in the future as guys who can put the ball in the basket like he can are always invaluable.
The two knocks on Mason are obviously his size - he is listed at 6-foot-2 -- and the fact that he is considered a bit of a defensive liability but I think both are a bit unfair.
For one, he said he is working hard to become a better defender and there are plenty of guys his size or smaller who play guard in major conferences and do fine.
That's especially true when measuring him because he is a guy who can light it up quickly and a guy who can just flat-out shoot the basketball.
So if you have to sacrifice a little bit on defense to get a guy who could come off the bench and give you six 3-pointers , well, you do it.
This is a good pick-up for Jim Ferry and company and I'd expect Mason will be able to help this team a lot when he becomes eligible.
I'll have a story up on the web-site soon as I talked to Micah earlier today.