Drake freshman granted release from scholarship

DES MOINES – One day after Drake announced that Mark Phelps would not return as men’s basketball coach, Bulldog freshman guard Micah Mason requested and was given his release from his scholarship.

Mason played in 30 games this year, started 11 times and averaged 5.4 points per game and was one of the top 3-point shooters in the Missouri Valley Conference.

“Due to some unique diet and health concerns that I face, I have wanted to be closer to home, my family and the support system there,” Mason said. “This decision has nothing to do with my experience I have had at Drake. I love the university, my teammates, the fans and the community, but at this time I need to be close to home.”

Mason made 50 percent of his 3-point attempts this season. He also averaged 2.2 assists per game and had a 1.6 assist-to-turnover margin.

“I thank Drake for the opportunity it has given me and allowing me to explore a better situation for my health,” Mason said.