Baylor senior Makai Mason will play for the Bears when they open the Big 12 Tournament against Iowa State at 11:30am Thursday morning.
Mason has missed six games this year due to injury but is still leading the Bears in scoring averaging 14.6 points per game. Mason says his injured toe is not going to get much better, now it’s about playing through the pain.
“It’s alright,” he said when asked about his toe. “It’s kind of like a day-to-day thing. It’s not going to make leaps and bounds this year but I’m fighting through it and it is what it is.”
Head Coach Scott Drew knows Makai is a difference maker on the floor so they are constantly communicating with team doctors about what he can do.
“It’s more about how he’s feeling and what our trainer says he can do,” Drew said. “Oklahoma state was the last game that he played and he actually — in that first half in particular, was phenomenal. that was probably the best half he’s played since TCU so that’s encouraging, so hopefully when he plays between now and the end of the season hopefully it’s his best basketball.”
Mason averaged 19.5 points per game in Baylor’s two wins over Iowa State this year