Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mason Will Switch to Point

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mason Will Switch to Point

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Duquesne coach Jim Ferry hinted in March that sharpshooter Micah Mason might eventually shift from wing to point guard, and Ferry made that move official Thursday.

"He'll start the year on the ball as the primary point guard," Ferry said at the Dukes annual media day at Palumbo Center.

Mason, a junior, averaged 10.6 point per game last season, his first after transferring from Drake, and emerged on the national scene as a 3-point wizard, as he converted 65 of 116 tries for a .560 3-point percentage that ranks 10th in Division I history.

But Ferry is quick to note that Mason is not just a shooter.

"What a lot of people don't realize is it was so blown up to everybody that he was the best 3-point shooter in the country, which he was," Ferry said. "But he was also one assist away from leading the country in assist-to-turnover ratio."

Mason, a Natrona Heights native, had 74 assists to just 13 turnovers and said he is as proud of those numbers as he is his 3- point mark.

"Obviously I'm known as a shooter," Mason said with an easy grin, "but I love it when people notice a little bit different things about my game."

When the coaching staff sat down this summer to crunch some numbers after a 13-17 season, it came to a quick consensus.

"Having the ball in Micah's hands not only gets him shots, since he can make the decision of whether he's shooting or not, but also the decisions he makes are better for our team," Ferry said. "He was our best decision-maker by far."

Mason played point guard at Highlands High School and Drake, so he doesn't expect the transition will be a difficult one.

While it might seem Mason is displacing two-year starter Derrick Colter at point guard, Colter said he is plenty happy on the wing. …

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