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Frank Mason

6-0, 190 Point Guard
Kansas Senior
Birthday
04/03/94 (25.7 yrs)
Hometown
Petersburg, VA
High School
Massanutten Military Academy
Team Site Profile
Statistics
Athleticism
8
Size
6
Defense
7
Strength
8
Quickness
8
Leadership
8
Jump Shot
8
NBA Ready
7
Ball Handling
7
Potential
5
Passing
6
Intangibles
8

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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