Archive for Monday, October 8, 2012

Point guard Frank Mason commits to KU basketball

Point guard Frank Mason. ( contributed photo)

Point guard Frank Mason. ( contributed photo)

October 8, 2012


Frank Mason, a 5-foot-11 point guard from Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Va., has orally committed to Kansas University, Mason told the Journal-World on Monday afternoon.

Mason, who is ranked No. 131 in his class by, said he chose KU over Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Providence, Seton Hall and Rutgers.

Mason originally committed to Towson his senior year at Petersburg (Va.) High School but reopened his recruitment after not qualifying academically, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Mason's stock grew over the summer when he posted 50 points off 16-for-21 shooting in the 804 All-Star Game. He received interest over the summer from Tennessee, Louisville, Seton Hall and UConn.

KU offered Mason a scholarship in July after watching the lead guard’s AAU team win a tournament in Las Vegas.

“I chose KU because of its tradition, coach (Bill) Self’s winning percentage and the type of players they have there,” Mason said. “I want to align myself with players of that ability and character. They are all the type of people I want to be around.

“It’s a great program, from academics to basketball. I talked with the players (on official visit last weekend) a lot and knew it was the right place for me. It’s a great program. They’ve won a lot of Big 12 championships, made a lot of Final Four appearances and have multiple national championships. It’s a dream come true.”

Mason, who weighs 180 pounds, said he’d like to pattern his KU career after that of former point guard Sherron Collins. “He was a great player and I’d like to do the same type things,” Mason said.

At Petersburg, he averaged 25 points per game his senior year and finished his career with 1,901 points.

"He's a tough kid," national recruiting analyst Eric Bossi said. "He's an off-the-dribble attacker. I personally have never seen him shoot the ball that well, but I have been told by plenty of others who I trust that have seen him more than I that that's not the usual case; he's actually a much better shooter than what I have seen in my own personal viewings.”


mitch 5 years, 7 months ago

If Coach Self thinks this kid's worthy of a Jayhawk scholarship, that's good enough for me. Coach has proven himself year after year. Doubters have had to eat crow many times over the years. Frank's stock is sure to rise. Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!! Welcome to KU Frank!!!!!

dathistoryguy 5 years, 7 months ago

Great player you're getting Mitch! If he can keep focused and on top of those books he'll be a great asset to KU. He has the ability to put up points and take over a game. He can get a little turnover prone in his scoring attempts sometimes but Coach Self will work that out. I'm a Buckeye alum but with Frank going to KU I have to support!!!

dathistoryguy 5 years, 7 months ago

Frank was a student in my class and I taught for years in his hometown Petersburg, Va. I assure you stevieboy you have no idea of the obstacles he has faced and overcome. He's by no means perfect but he didn't give up and has taken the necessary steps to better himself and his future. You don't know Frank or his family so don't judge him. I know him and have taught him. If you even knew about Petersburg you wouldn't be so quick to judge....or maybe you would

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