A Consensus All-America First Team selection in 2017, Frank Mason III will graduate from Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and sciences in May 2017. In addition to earning his degree at Kansas, Mason won four Big 12 regular-season titles, one Big 12 Tournament, three in-season tournaments and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight twice. From 2014-17 Kansas averaged 29 wins per season posting a 116-29 record, including a 58-14 in Big 12 play and an amazing 59-2 mark in Allen Fieldhouse. Additionally, Kansas has been ranked seventh or higher in every Associated Press poll for the last two seasons and the Jayhawks were No. 1 seven weeks in that span. During Mason’s career, Kansas was ranked in the AP top 10 for 66 weeks.
In 2016-17, Mason led the Big 12 in scoring with a 20.9 average and his 21.0 points per game in league play were also tops in the conference. A two-time national and three-time conference player of the week from Petersburg, Virginia, Mason averaged 5.2 assists in 2016-17 and became the only player in KU and Big 12 history to average more than 20 points and five assists in the same season. Mason posted 23 games of 20 or more points, including his final seven contests and 10 of KU’s last 11 outings.
Showing a knack for taking over games which directed Kansas to a 31-5 record and its 13th consecutive Big 12 regular-season title with a 16-2 league mark, Mason led Kansas in scoring in 26 games and also led the league in 3-point field goal percentage at 47.1 percent. Also in the Big 12, Mason finished fourth in assists (5.2), fifth in 3-pointers made per game (2.3), fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2), seventh in free throw percentage (79.4), ninth in field goal percentage (49.0) and 14th in steals (1.3). Mason went 103-for-119 (86.6 percent) from the free throw line in his final 15 games, making 6.9 charity shots per contest in that span. Additionally, he made 50.0 percent (43-for-86) from 3-point range and 2.4 treys per game in Big 12 play.
The 2017 Big 12 Player of the Year and three-time all-conference selection, Mason concluded his career No. 6 on the Kansas scoring list (1,885 points), No. 6 in assists (576), No. 8 in 3-point field goals (185), No. 13 in steals (165) and tied for third in consecutive starts (110). No Jayhawk in KU history ranked sixth or higher in both points and assists.