Frank mason iii

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Name: Frank Mason III

School: Kansas

Season: Senior

ESPN High School Ranking: Unranked

Birthdate: April 3, 1994 (22)

Birthplace: Petersburg, Virginia

Family: 

- Born to single mom, with 7 brothers and sisters

- Has a son named Amari

High School: Massanutten Military

Accolades:

- 2012 All-State First Team

- 2014 Orlando Classic All-Tournament Team

- 2015 World University Games Finals MVP

- 2015 Maui Jim Invitational Co-MVP

- 2016 Big 12 All-Defensive Team

- 2x Second Team All-Big 12 (2015 and 2016)

Twitter: F_Mason0

Instagram: FMason0

Height: 5'11

Weight: 190

Injury History: 

- Bothered hip and ankle in March 2016 vs. Baylor - did not miss any time

- Has not missed any games in Kansas career

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Bulldog mentality 

- Quiet and reserved, even around family

- Competitor

- Devout Christian

- Hit game-winner against dunk - wants to take the last shot

- Never played PG until Kansas - referred to himself as a "scoring guard"

- Assistant Coach Kurtis Townsend taught him how to be a PG

Freshman Season Stats: 

- 5.5 PPG

- 2.1 APG

- 1.3 RPG

- 0.5 SPG

- 42% FG

- 33% 3

- 66% FT

Sophomore Season Stats:

- 12.6 PPG

- 3.9 APG

- 3.9 RPG

- 1.4 SPG

- 44% FG

- 43% 3

- 79% FT

Junior Season Stats:

- 12.9 PPG

- 4.6 APG

- 4.3 RPG

- 1.3 SPG

- 43% FG

- 38% 3

- 74% FT

Senior Season Stats: Through 9 games

- 20.8 PPG

- 5.3 APG

- 4.6 RPG

- 1.3 SPG

- 59% FG

- 55% 3

- 74% FT

Analytics: 

- 10th in offensive win shares in the NCAA

- 8th in total win shares in the NCAA

- 6th in offensive box plus/minus in the NCAA

- 1st in offensive box plus/minus, win shares, offensive rating, and effective field goal percentage in the Big 12 for 2016-17

- 2nd in points per game and points produced per game in the Big 12 In 2016-17

Position: PG

Greatest Strength: Competitiveness

Greatest Weakness: Size and Age

Athleticism: 8

Aggression: 8

Speed: 7

Strength: 7

Lateral Movement: 8

Basketball IQ: 7

Switchability: 4

3 point shooting: 8

Jumpshot: 7

Ability to finish at the rim: 7

Post moves: N/A

Handle: 7

Passing: 6

Rebounding: 6

Motor: 7

Touch: 7

Hands: 8

On ball defense: 8

Help defense: 7

Steals: 8

Blocks: 4

Pick and Roll: 

- Very strong at fighting around screens

- Has entire offensive arsenal coming off ball screen - can hit shot, hit roller, penetrate and finish, or penetrate and find the open shooter

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- Mason does a great job of getting into defenders and taking away their space

- Always aware of where his shooters are - finds Graham consistently when open

- High IQ offensive scorer - good decision maker, has no offensive weaknesses

- At only 5'11 will have difficulty guarding bigger players or switching in the NBA, but he has no real weaknesses and will always compete

- Doesn't force shots

- Good shooter from 3 point or midrange

Game Analysis: 

- vs. Georgia

- #30 J.J. Frazier

- #3 Juwan Parker

- #0 William Jackson II

- #2 Jordan Harris

 - FTs 2/2

- Long stride to beat man going right from 3 point line, stops on a dime at baseline and puts floater over defender

- Misses layup but very smart play to drive into the zone, pass it off, and stay - got ball back but missed layup - high IQ play

- Smart play against zone - pumps at 3 point line on catch where defender was too close to him, got a step, then pass to corner to free Graham

- Catch and shoot right corner 3 off offensive rebound - clean stroke

- Very impressive defensive rebound at his size over several other players

- incredible drive left - beat man and went up over help with left - missed, got own rebound and hit floater at right side of hoop - warrior - reminds me of Kyle Lowry

- Missed catch and shoot 3 straightaway

- Missed floater with right, but great at turning corner and protecting the ball with his body so he can always get shot off

- Good spacing on perimeter against zone, catch and penetrates, hits floater down middle

- Transition in and out dribble, straight right, finishes layup and fouled - lane violation on FT

NBA Comparison: Tyler Ulis

Current Ability: 6.5

Projection as an NBA Player: 6.5-7

Projected Draft Spot: 2nd Round

Opinion: Teams will hesitate because Mason is a Senior and too short. But Mason is a competitor with an all around offensive arsenal and good lateral movement on defense. I have no doubt Mason is an NBA player. He can come in immediately and help a team. He has done nothing but get better each year at Kansas, there is no reason to think that won't continue. I would draft Mason over a player like Joel Berry because he has more offensive firepower.