Frank Mason III

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]

Frank Mason III
Frank Mason (cropped2)
Mason with the Sacramento Kings in February 2018
No. 10 – Sacramento Kings
PositionPoint guard
Personal information
BornApril 3, 1994 (age 25)
Petersburg, Virginia
Listed height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeKansas (2013–2017)
NBA draft2017 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Playing career2017–present
Career history
2017–presentSacramento Kings
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Stats at

Early life

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

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

Sacramento Kings (2017–present)

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

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

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

  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


Regular season

2017–18 Sacramento 52 2 18.9 .379 .360 .817 2.5 2.8 .7 .2 7.9
2018–19 Sacramento 38 0 11.4 .420 .219 .684 1.1 2.2 .4 .1 5.1
Career 90 2 15.8 .392 .300 .773 1.9 2.6 .6 .2 6.8


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


  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.
  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".
  12. ^ "Kansas' Frank Mason III is AP Player of the Year, unanimous All-America selection".
  13. ^ "Kansas' Frank Mason III is Sporting News college basketball Player of the Year".
  14. ^ "USA TODAY Sports player of the year: Kansas' Frank Mason III".
  15. ^ "Mason Wins Oscar Robertson Trophy". Big12Sports.con.
  16. ^ "Mason awarded Naismith Trophy".
  17. ^ "KU's Frank Mason adds to award haul with NABC player of year".
  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 (May 21, 2015). "SMU's Nic Moore to play with Kansas team at University Games". CBS Sports. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  22. ^ "Frank Mason III and Wayne Selden Jr. rack up Games honors". Lawrence Journal-World. July 22, 2015. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  23. ^

External links

2016 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2016 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament was a postseason men's basketball tournament for the Big 12 Conference. It was played from March 9 to 12, in Kansas City, Missouri at the Sprint Center. Kansas won the tournament for the 10th time and received the conference's automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

2016–17 Big 12 Conference men's basketball season

The 2016–17 Big 12 men's basketball season is the ongoing 21st season of basketball for the Big 12 Conference. Team practices began in October 2016, and were followed by the start of the regular season on November 11. Conference play began on December 30, 2016 and will conclude with the 2017 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament, beginning March 8, 2017 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. During the conference's non-conference schedule, Big 12 teams posted a win percentage of .822, the best non-conference win percentage of any conference in the nation.

2016–17 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team

The 2016–17 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team represented the University of Kansas in the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, which was the Jayhawks' 119th basketball season. The Jayhawks, members of the Big 12 Conference, played their home games at Allen Fieldhouse and were led by 14th year head coach Bill Self. They finished the season 31–5, 16–2 in Big 12 play to win their 13th consecutive Big 12 regular season title, tying UCLA's record for consecutive regular season conference titles. They lost in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament to TCU. They received and at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed in the Midwest region. The appearance was their 28th consecutive appearance, the longest current active streak and the longest ever in NCAA Tournament history. In the Tournament, they defeated UC Davis and Michigan State to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. There they defeated Purdue before losing in the Elite Eight to Oregon.

The Jayhawks entered the season with 40 straight wins at Allen Fieldhouse, which extended to 51 games during the season before it ended on February 5, 2017 with an 89–92 loss to Iowa State, which was the longest active home arena winning streak in the nation when it ended.

2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

The 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 11, 2016. The first tournament was the 2K Sports Classic, and ended with the Final Four in Glendale, Arizona on April 3, 2017. Practices officially began on September 30, 2016.

2017 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889. The 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans are honorary lists that include All-American selections from the Associated Press (AP), the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), the Sporting News (TSN), and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) for the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. All selectors choose at least a first and second 5-man team. The NABC, TSN and AP choose third teams, while AP also lists honorable mention selections.

The Consensus 2017 College Basketball All-American team is determined by aggregating the results of the four major All-American teams as determined by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Since United Press International was replaced by TSN in 1997, the four major selectors have been the aforementioned ones. AP has been a selector since 1948, NABC since 1957 and USBWA since 1960. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors based on a point system computed from the four different all-America teams. The point system consists of three points for first team, two points for second team and one point for third team. No honorable mention or fourth team or lower are used in the computation. The top five totals plus ties are first team and the next five plus ties are second team.Although the aforementioned lists are used to determine consensus honors, there are numerous other All-American lists. The ten finalists for the John Wooden Award are described as Wooden All-Americans. The ten finalists for the Senior CLASS Award are described as Senior All-Americans. Other All-American lists include those determined by USA Today, Fox Sports, Yahoo! Sports and many others. The scholar-athletes selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) are termed Academic All-Americans.

2017–18 Sacramento Kings season

The 2017–18 Sacramento Kings season was the 73rd season of the franchise, its 69th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and its 33rd in Sacramento.

With the Minnesota Timberwolves clinching their first winning record and playoff berth since 2003–04, the Kings now hold the current league record of most seasons without a winning record as well as the longest postseason drought, both at 12, with their last winning season and playoff appearance being a 44–38 record and a First Round defeat to the San Antonio Spurs in six games in the 2005–06 season. The Kings have now equalled the Golden State Warriors between 1994–95 and 2005–06 as the third-longest NBA postseason drought on record, behind only the Timberwolves above and the fifteen-season drought by the Buffalo Braves, San Diego Clippers and Los Angeles Clippers between 1976–77 and 1990–91 inclusive. The Kings now need three more losing seasons to break the NBA record for most consecutive losing seasons, which the Kings set between 1983–84 and 1997–98 and had been previously suffered by the Pistons between 1956–57 and 1969–70 inclusive.

2018–19 Sacramento Kings season

The 2018–19 Sacramento Kings season was the 74th season of the franchise, its 70th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and its 34th in Sacramento.

The Kings entered the season with the longest NBA postseason drought appearances at 12 seasons, last qualifying in 2006. On May 15, 2018, the Kings were given the 2018 NBA draft second pick via the lottery, their highest first round pick since the 1989 NBA draft, and selected Duke University's Marvin Bagley III. The Kings improved from the previous season and held a winning record through the All-Star break, reaching the 30 win mark at the break for the first time since 2005. Despite the improved record, they again missed the playoffs for a record 13th straight season on March 30th as they lost against the Houston Rockets. This was the most wins the Kings have had since the 2005-06 NBA season where the Kings had a 44-38 record as the 8th seed in the Western Conference and lost to the San Antonio Spurs in a six games series.

Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year

The Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year award was established in 1961 to recognize the best men's college basketball player of the year, as voted upon by the Associated Press (AP).

Big 12 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

The Big 12 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Big 12 Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1996–97 season, the first year of conference competition but three years after the conference's official formation. It is selected by the league's head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players.

Kansas has had the most winners of the award with nine. Only two players have won the award multiple times, Raef LaFrentz of Kansas, who won the first two awards in 1997 and 1998, and Buddy Hield of Oklahoma, who won the award in 2015 and 2016. Three freshmen have won the award as well, Kevin Durant of Texas, Michael Beasley of Kansas State and Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State. Kansas has had the most winners of the award with nine. Three current Big 12 members have yet to have a winner: charter member Baylor, and 2012 arrivals TCU and West Virginia. Three former Big 12 members also never had a winner of the award during their tenure in the Big 12: Colorado, Missouri, and Texas A&M.

Bob Cousy Award

The Bob Cousy Award presented by The College of the Holy Cross (or Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award) is an annual basketball award given by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the top men's collegiate point guard. It is named after six-time National Basketball Association (NBA) champion Bob Cousy, who played point guard for the Boston Celtics from 1950 to 1963. Cousy won six championships with the Celtics.Annually, a list of players is nominated by college head coaches, members of College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), and members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). A screening committee of CoSIDA members reviews the nominations, and selects 16 players from each division (12 from National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I, and two each from Division II and III). A selection committee appointed by the Hall then selects the winner. This 30-member committee is composed of Hall of Famers, head coaches, sports information directors, the media, and Cousy himself.When Maryland's Greivis Vásquez won the award in 2010, the Venezuelan became the first player born outside the U.S. to receive this award. The University of North Carolina has fielded the greatest number of award winners (3), with Raymond Felton winning the award in 2005, Ty Lawson receiving the honor in 2009 and Kendall Marshall winning in 2012.

Devonte' Graham

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Frank Mason

Frank Mason may refer to:

Frank Mason (cricketer) (born 1926), West Indian cricketer

Frank Mason (jockey) (1879–1969), English horse racing jockey

Frank Mason III (born 1994), American basketball player

Frank A. Mason (1862–1940), American attorney and football coach

Frank Herbert Mason (1921–2009), American painter

Frank Henry Mason (1875–1965), English painter

a pseudonym of Algis Budrys

Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball

The Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball program is the intercollegiate men's basketball program of the University of Kansas. The program is classified in the NCAA's Division I and the team competes in the Big 12 Conference. Kansas is considered one of the most prestigious college basketball programs in the country with 5 overall claimed National Championships (3 NCAA Tournament championships, 2 Helms National Championships), as well being a National Runner-Up six times and having the most conference titles in the nation. Kansas is the all-time consecutive conference titles record holder with 14 consecutive titles, a streak that ran from 2005 through 2018. The Jayhawks also own the NCAA record for most consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances with an active streak of 30 consecutive appearances. Another notable active streak for the Jayhawks is they have been ranked in the AP poll for 200 consecutive polls, a streak that has stretched from of the poll released on February 3, 2009 poll through the poll released on March 11, 2019, which is the longest active streak in the nation. That streak is 21 behind UCLA's record run of 222 straight from 1966-1980.

The Jayhawks' first coach was the inventor of the game of basketball, James Naismith. Naismith, ironically, is the only coach in Kansas basketball history with a losing record. The Kansas basketball program has produced many notable professional players, including Clyde Lovellette, Wilt Chamberlain, Jo Jo White, Danny Manning, Raef LaFrentz, Paul Pierce, Nick Collison, Kirk Hinrich, Mario Chalmers, Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid. Politician Bob Dole also played basketball at Kansas. Former players that have gone on to be coaches include Phog Allen, Adolph Rupp, Dean Smith, Dutch Lonborg, and former assistants to go on to be notable coaches include John Calipari, Gregg Popovich, and Bill Self. Mark Turgeon, Jerod Haase, and Danny Manning are all former players and assistant coaches that became head coaches. Allen founded the National Association of Basketball Coaches and, with Lonborg, was an early proponent of the NCAA tournament. Four different Jayhawk head coaches are in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as coaches, Phog Allen, Larry Brown, Roy Williams, and current head coach Bill Self. Three different Division I basketball arenas have been named after former Kansas players, the Dean Smith Center named after Dean Smith at North Carolina, Rupp Arena named after Adolph Rupp at Kentucky, and the Jayhawks own arena Allen Fieldhouse named after Phog Allen.

In 2008, ESPN ranked Kansas second on a list of the most prestigious programs of the modern college basketball era. Kansas currently has the longest streak of consecutive NCAA tournament appearances of all-time (30), the longest current streak of consecutive NCAA winning seasons (35), the most winning seasons in Division I history (97), the most non-losing seasons (.500 or better) in NCAA history (100), the most conference championships in Division I history (61), the most consecutive regular season conference titles in Division I (14), the most First Team All Americans in Division I history (22), and the most First Team All American Selections in Division I history (29). As of the last complete season, the program ranks third in Division I all-time winning percentage (.725) and second in Division I all-time wins (2,217).

Since the opening of Allen Fieldhouse, the Jayhawks home arena, in 1955, the Jayhawks have earned a well established home court advantage. Allen Fieldhouse is often considered one of the best home court advantages in college basketball. The Jayhawks have won over 70 percent of their games in Allen Fieldhouse, losing only a little over 100 games in its over 60-year history. Under current head coach Bill Self, the Jayhawks have had three home court winning streaks over 30 games and two streaks that have reached over 50 games. Currently, the Jayhawks have won 20 consecutive games at Allen Fieldhouse. In addition to Allen Fieldhouse, the Jayhawks will frequently play games at the nearby Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. These games, while technically a neutral site, are officially considered home games when they are not a part of a tournament.

List of U.S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards

This article lists U.S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards. Several different organizations sponsor an award for the nation's top player.

Massanutten Military Academy

Massanutten Military Academy (MMA) is a coeducational military school for grades 5 through 12 and one academic postgraduate year, located in Woodstock, Virginia, United States.

Maui Invitational Tournament

The Maui Invitational, currently known as the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, is an annual early-season college basketball tournament that takes place Thanksgiving Week in Lahaina, Hawaii, at the Lahaina Civic Center on the island of Maui. It is hosted by Chaminade University of Honolulu, an NCAA Division II school. Seven NCAA Division I men's basketball teams are invited to Maui to complete the field. The Maui Invitational has been played since 1984, is carried by ESPN. Maui Jim became the title sponsor of the tournament in 2015; the previous fourteen tournaments sponsored by EA Sports.

Naismith College Player of the Year

The Naismith College Player of the Year is an annual basketball award given by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to the top men's and women's collegiate basketball players. It is named in honor of the inventor of basketball (in 1891), Dr. James Naismith.

Oscar Robertson Trophy

The Oscar Robertson Trophy is given out annually to the outstanding men's college basketball player by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). The trophy is considered to be the oldest of its kind and has been given out since 1959.

Sporting News Men's College Basketball Player of the Year

The Sporting News Men's College Basketball Player of the Year is an annual basketball award given to the best men's basketball player in NCAA Division I competition. The award was first given following the 1942–43 season and is presented by Sporting News (formerly The Sporting News), an American–based sports magazine that was established in 1886.

No award winners were selected from 1947–49 and from 1952–57. Repeat winners of the Sporting News Player of the Year award are rare; as of 2016, it has occurred only six times in the award's 63 presentations. Of those six repeat winners, only Oscar Robertson of Cincinnati and Bill Walton of UCLA have been named the player of the year three times.

UCLA and Duke have the most all-time with seven. North Carolina has the second most with five winners.

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