Micah Mason dribbles past a defender in the Dukes' exhibition win over Urbana. (Photo Courtesy of Duquesne Athletics).
Micah Mason is known nationwide as a sharpshooter behind the arc, taking the country by storm during the 2013-14 season leading the entire NCAA in 3-point percentage.
However, though Mason enters his senior season as the second most accurate 3-point shooter in NCAA history at .492, Mason is focused on something else – bringing a culture of winning back to the program.
“The main thing I want to do here is win. We haven’t really done that yet,” Mason said. “So obviously [the record] is something I look forward to maybe beating, but I try not to focus on that because then I wouldn’t be focused on my team. It would be more of an individual season and that’s not what I’m about. I want to win.”
He has developed in his time at Duquesne from simply a 3-point shooter to now more of a playmaker that has the ability to drastically impact the outcome of the game. Mason has averaged 11.8 points, 3.46 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.0 steals per game. His two most noteworthy statistics however are his 3-point shooting percentage (.489) and assist to turnover ratio (3-to-1) in which he ranks near the top in the entire country.
His prolific shooting began back in high school when he played for the Highlands Golden Rams, and finished his career ranked 12th on the WPIAL all-time scoring list with 2,272 points. Named All-State in both his junior and senior seasons, averaging 33.3 and 28.7 points per game respectively, Mason was the first player in over 30 years to lead the WPIAL in scoring in back to back seasons. Mason displayed his incredible shooting abilities in a 64-point performance against a rival team in which he was 7-7 from 3-point range and 17-19 shooting overall.
From Highlands, Mason originally took his talents to Drake University, but he later made the switch to Duquesne where has enjoyed quite a bit of success and has found that family environment that he desired.
“Drake was an awesome school,” Mason said. “I just felt like I wanted to be closer to home. I felt like coming home would be the best option for me.”
Mason expressed just how much he loves being a part of this program. He has found a new home here at Duquesne and enjoys being immersed in a family-like atmosphere both on and off the hardwood.
“[I enjoy] just being a part of a family outside of basketball,” Mason said. “Even like when [Derrick Colter] and coach [John] Rhodes came down with cancer, just the family feel that we have here is just different to me, and I’ve been on a lot of teams.”
Mason acknowledged how much it means to him to have his family at all of his games rooting him on and the rewarding experience of playing near his hometown of Natrona Heights, PA.
One of those family members rooting him on is his father, whom Mason considers the most influential person on his success.
“He put a basketball in my hand at a young age and then I fell in love with the game myself, but he has always been there. He is my mentor and he has helped with my shot and every part of my game.”
His father encouraged him from a young age to always set goals for himself and he took those words of advice to heart. Mason has been setting goals all his life and one by one they are coming to fruition.
Speaking of goals, Mason has some big goals for Duquesne basketball this upcoming season.
“We really just want to be in the run to be at the top of the A-10 and make the NCAA tournament and that’s what we’re working for.”