Frank Mason III

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Frank Mason III
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Mason with the Sacramento Kings in 2018
Free agent
Position Point guard
Personal information
Born (1994-04-03) April 3, 1994 (age 28)
Petersburg, Virginia, U.S.
Listed height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight190 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 career2017–present
Career history
20172019 Sacramento Kings
2019–2020 Milwaukee Bucks
2019–2020 Wisconsin Herd
2021 Orlando Magic
2021–2022 South Bay Lakers
2022 Wisconsin Herd
Career highlights and awards
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Frank Leo Mason III (born April 3, 1994) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Wisconsin Herd of the NBA G League. 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 the consensus National Player of the Year [1] [2] He was also a consensus All-American selection for his senior season at Kansas. [3]

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Mason was selected 34th overall in the 2017 NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings, where he spent two seasons before signing with the Milwaukee Bucks as a free agent in July 2019. He signed with the Orlando Magic in February 2021.

Early life

Mason grew up in Petersburg, Virginia and went to Petersburg High School. He scored 1,901 points in his four-year career at Petersburg, which is the second-highest scoring total in school history behind 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 first-team selection in Kansas basketball history. [11] He was the consensus National Player of the Year. [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17]

Professional career

Sacramento Kings (2017–2019)

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 2017–18 regular NBA season, Mason averaged 7.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 52 games. [20]

Mason was waived by the Kings on July 4, 2019. [21]

Milwaukee Bucks (2019–2020)

Mason signed a two-way contract with the Milwaukee Bucks on July 26, 2019. In the deal, he split time between the Bucks and their NBA G League affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd. [22] In the G League, he scored 44 points in a win over the Grand Rapids Drive on February 19, 2020. [23]

Mason was awarded the NBA G League MVP for the 2019–20 season on June 25, 2020. He averaged 26.4 points, 5.0 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game with the Herd. [24]

Orlando Magic (2021)

On December 18, 2020, Mason signed with the Philadelphia 76ers, but was waived the next day [25] and signed with their NBA G League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats. [26] However, on February 3, 2021 the Orlando Magic signed him to a two-way contract right before the beginning of the G League season. [27] However, Mason was waived on February 15 after playing in four games. [28] Two days later, he was re-acquired by Delaware, but was waived on March 5 after suffering a season-ending injury. He didn't log any minutes with the Blue Coats. [29]

South Bay Lakers (2021–2022)

Mason joined the Philadelphia 76ers for the 2021 NBA Summer League. [30]

On October 13, 2021, Mason signed with the Los Angeles Lakers [31] and was waived the following day. [32] On October 23, he signed with the South Bay Lakers as an affiliate player. [33] In seven games, he averaged 9.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. [34]

Wisconsin Herd (2022)

On February 24, 2022, Mason was traded, along with a 2022 first-round pick, to the Wisconsin Herd in exchange for Tremont Waters and a 2022 second-round pick. [34]

National team career

Mason and the Kansas Jayhawks competed on behalf of the United States in the 2015 World University Games. [35] He scored 18 points in a double-overtime victory over Germany in the gold medal game and received the Finals MVP award. [36]

Personal life

He grew up in the housing project of Pin Oak Estates located in Petersburg, Virginia, where he developed his game and earned the nickname "The Phenom" by local onlookers within the community. [37] Mason has a son named Amari. [4]

Career statistics

Legend
  GPGames 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

Regular season

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2017–18 Sacramento 52218.9.379.360.8172.52.8.7.27.9
2018–19 Sacramento 38011.4.420.219.6841.12.2.4.15.1
2019–20 Milwaukee 9013.1.451.286.5882.13.2.6.16.9
2020–21 Orlando 4119.8.375.400.7143.03.0.0.06.3
Career103315.7.396.301.7552.02.6.5.16.7

Playoffs

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2020 Milwaukee 201.0.00.5.0.0.0
Career201.0.00.5.0.0.0

College

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2013–14 Kansas 35316.1.417.327.6621.32.1.5.05.5
2014–15 Kansas 363633.5.441.429.7863.93.91.4.112.6
2015–16 Kansas 383833.5.434.381.7394.34.61.3.112.9
2016–17 Kansas 363636.1.490.471.7944.25.21.3.120.9
Career14511330.0.454.420.7613.44.01.1.113.0

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