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0 - Frank Mason

Kansas 

  • Birthday: 4/3/94
  • NBA Position: Point Guard
  • Class: Senior
  • Ht: 6-0
  • Wt: 190
  • Hometown: Petersburg, VA
  • High School: Massanutten Military Academy
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  • Statistics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Overall

86

2017
Mock:  34

NBA Comparison: Pierre Jackson/Yogi Ferrell

Strengths: One of the most prolific players in all of college basketball, despite his size, brings many NBA translatable skills to the table ... First of all, he’s immensely improved as a long range shooter in four seasons with the Jayhawks ... He shot .471% his senior season, on a healthy 4.8 attempts per game ... Frank can pull up off the dribble, as well as spot up from beyond the arc, and expect to hit a high percentage ... His release is high and quick, which is beneficial when looking to the NBA ... Mason is also very adept in using screens, and operating in the pick and roll ... This will directly aid in his transition as well ... While not a classic, pass first, point guard, Frank is excellent at running a team, and has a respectable 2+ assist to TO ratio, on 5.2 assists per game .. Mason’s drive and kick game is one of his strongest areas of being a set up man ... His ability as a scorer is well rounded ... He’s averaged 20.9 points per game, and he can get them at the rim, in the mid range, in transition, and beyond the arc ... Mason is a bulldog and can use his high level athletic ability to get tough buckets, and get to the line, where he shoots .784% ... Speaking of his athletic ability, he has elite quickness, and end to end speed, both with and without the ball in his hands ... KU trainer Andrea Hudy has regarded him as the strongest player on the team, and this greatly aids him on the court ... His body control and leaping ability are also very impressive ... Despite being under 6’, Frank has converted alley-oop dunks and countless plays that require high levels of athleticism ... Mason is a tough defender, who is great at getting under larger guards ... His lateral quickness makes him tough to get past, and his effort is always there ... It’d be easy for a player with his offensive burden to dial it back on D, but Frank’s toughness and leadership qualities shine through where he gives maximum effort at all times ...

Weaknesses: Undersized at the point guard position, Frank Mason III is just 5’11’’ tall, and looks to have a wingspan just slightly longer than his height ... He can do plenty of things to make up for this, but this will directly affect how he finishes around the rim in the NBA ... Mason converted at about a 56% clip (hoop-math.com) at the NCAA level, but despite his body control, he’ll find it more difficult to convert at the next level ... Frank can also get caught in the air without a plan ... He’s much better than he was when he first hit the NCAA scene, but he still can be a tad reckless at times ... He will also be easy to shoot over in the NBA ... While pesky, and tough, his defensive outlook will still be affected by his stature ... There’s little doubt Frank will continue to improve as a player, but at nearly 23 years old, you wonder how much upside he has left.

Overall: Overall, Frank Mason is a battle tested player with a high character and a proven work ethic ... Mason should be able to play a role in the NBA ... He’s an excellent ball handler, a great athlete, and a player who can really put up points ... In today’s NBA landscape, there are plenty of smaller players fielding important roles for their teams, and while he doesn’t have a ton of upside, he can push the ball, hit 3’s, and create for others while giving maximum effort, and leadership beyond the level of most rookies ...

Notes: The only player in Big 12 history to average 20+ ppg and 5+ apg ... 2017 Big 12 Player of the Year ... 2017 All-Big 12 1st Team ... Wooden Award Finalist. Mason was a 3 star recruit who has worked his way into on the of the elite players in college basketball ...

David Ray 4/10/17

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