Frank Mason III

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Frank Mason III
Frank Mason (cropped2).jpg
Mason with the Sacramento Kings in February 2018
No. 10 – Sacramento Kings
Position Point guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1994-04-03) April 3, 1994 (age 24)
Petersburg, Virginia
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school
College Kansas (2013–2017)
NBA draft 2017 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Playing career 2017–present
Career history
2017–present Sacramento Kings
Career highlights and awards

Frank Leo Mason III (born April 3, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of Kansas, where he was the starting point guard for the Jayhawks. For the 2016–17 season, he was named National Player of the Year by all of the major national player awards, making him consensus national player of the year. The awards are the John R. Wooden Award, CBS Sports National Player of the Year,[1] the USA Today, the Sporting News Player of the Year, Associated Press Player of the Year, Naismith College Player of the Year, Oscar Robertson Trophy, and NABC Player of the Year.[2] He was also a consensus All-American selection for his senior season at Kansas.[3]

Early life[edit]

Mason grew up in Petersburg, Virginia and went to Petersburg High School (Virginia). He scored 1,901 points in his four-year career at Petersburg, which is the second highest scoring total in school history behind NBA Hall of Famer Moses Malone.[4]

Mason had originally signed to attend Towson University in Towson, Maryland during his senior year, but he lost his eligibility after failing a government class.[5] Mason attended Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Virginia to make up for the failing grade in government. After being discovered playing the Amateur Athletic Union circuit by Kansas Assistant Coach Kurtis Townsend, Mason was offered a scholarship by the University of Kansas.[6]

College career[edit]

As a sophomore at Kansas, he was a second team All Big 12 selection.[7] He averaged 12.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game as a sophomore, an increase from the 5.5 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game he averaged as a freshman.[8]

During his junior season, Mason averaged 12.9 points and 4.6 assists and was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team.[4]

During his senior season, Mason took on more of a leadership role on the Kansas team, becoming the first player in Big 12 history to average 20 points and 5 assists a game during the regular season.[9] His regular season culminated in receiving multiple awards. He was unanimously selected as the Big 12 Player of the Year, averaging 20.5 points and 5.1 assists in the regular season.[10] He was also consensus first team All-American selection, the NCAA leading 29th 1st team selection in Kansas basketball history.[11] He was awarded multiple player of the year awards including AP Player of the Year,[12] Sporting News Player of the Year,[13] USA Today Player of the Year,[14]Oscar Robertson Award,[15] Naismith Award,[16] NABC Player of the Year[17]

Professional career[edit]

Sacramento Kings (2017–present)[edit]

Mason was drafted by the Sacramento Kings with the 34th pick in the 2017 NBA draft.[18] He played in the NBA Summer League for the Kings, where he scored 24 points in 24 minutes against the Los Angeles Lakers on July 10, 2017, adding 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals.[19] For the full 2017-2018 regular NBA season, Mason averaged 7.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 52 games.[20]

International career[edit]

Mason and the Kansas Jayhawks competed on behalf of the United States in the 2015 World University Games.[21] He scored 18 points in a double-overtime victory over Germany in the gold medal game and received the Finals MVP award.[22]

Personal life[edit]

His father is Frank Mason Jr. and his mother is Sharon Harrison. Mason has 7 brothers and sisters.[4] Mason also has a son named Amari.[4] Frank grew up in the housing project of Pin Oak Estates located in Petersburg, VA. This is where Frank developed his game and earned the nickname "The Phenom" by local on lookers within the community.[23]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Sacramento 52 2 18.9 .379 .360 .817 2.5 2.8 .7 .2 7.9
Career 52 2 18.9 .379 .360 .817 2.5 2.8 .7 .2 7.9

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14 Kansas 35 3 16.1 .417 .327 .662 1.3 2.1 .5 .0 5.5
2014–15 Kansas 36 36 33.5 .441 .429 .786 3.9 3.9 1.4 .1 12.6
2015–16 Kansas 38 38 33.5 .434 .381 .739 4.3 4.6 1.3 .1 12.9
2016–17 Kansas 36 36 36.1 .490 .471 .794 4.2 5.2 1.3 .1 20.9
Career 145 113 30.0 .454 .420 .761 3.4 4.0 1.1 .1 13.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Norlander, Matt (March 29, 2017). "Kansas' Frank Mason parlays consistency, efficiency into CBS Player of the Year honor". CBS Sports. New York City, New York. Retrieved April 10, 2017. 
  2. ^ Bedore, Gary (April 2, 2017). "KU's Frank Mason adds to award haul with NABC player of year". The Kansas City Star. Kansas City, Missouri. Retrieved April 3, 2017. 
  3. ^ Kansas' Frank Mason III is AP Player of the Year, unanimous All-American Selection, Kansas City Star, March 28, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d "Frank Mason III - 2013-14 Men's Basketball". KU Athletics. Retrieved April 3, 2017. 
  5. ^ Shaffer, Jonas. "A failing grade kept Kansas point guard Frank Mason III away from Towson". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved March 21, 2017. 
  6. ^ Moore, C.J. "HOW FRANK MASON WENT FROM UNWANTED RECRUIT TO THE KANSAS JAYHAWKS' LEADING MAN". Bleacher Report. Retrieved March 21, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Sooners' Hield Leads All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Honors". Big 12 Conference. March 8, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Frank Mason III". Fox Sports. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Frank Mason III becomes the first player in big 12 history to average 20 points and 5 assists per game for a season". Reddit. Retrieved March 21, 2017. 
  10. ^ "KU's Frank Mason, Bill Self are Big 12 player, coach of the year". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved March 21, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Mason earns Consensus All-America First Team distinction". KUAthletics.com. 
  12. ^ "Kansas' Frank Mason III is AP Player of the Year, unanimous All-America selection". CBSSports.com. 
  13. ^ "Kansas' Frank Mason III is Sporting News college basketball Player of the Year". SportingNews.com. 
  14. ^ "USA TODAY Sports player of the year: Kansas' Frank Mason III". USAToday.com. 
  15. ^ "Mason Wins Oscar Robertson Trophy". Big12Sports.con. 
  16. ^ "Mason awarded Naismith Trophy". KUAthletics.com. 
  17. ^ "KU's Frank Mason adds to award haul with NABC player of year". KansasCity.com. 
  18. ^ "Frank Mason III drafted in second round by Sacramento Kings". Richmond Free Press. June 30, 2017. Retrieved July 6, 2017. 
  19. ^ Bisel, Tim. Summer league shootaround: Frank Mason heats up in third game, Topeka Capitol-Journal, July 11, 2017.
  20. ^ Jones, Jason. Why the season is already over for Kings rookie Frank Mason III, Sacramento Bee, April 10, 2018.
  21. ^ Vecenie, Sam (21 May 2015). "SMU's Nic Moore to play with Kansas team at University Games". CBS Sports. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  22. ^ "Frank Mason III and Wayne Selden Jr. rack up Games honors". Lawrence Journal-World. July 22, 2015. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  23. ^ https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/frank-mason-goodbye-kansas-jayhawks

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