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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Jayhawks counted on junior point guard Frank Mason III at Games

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) runs past celebrating fans after a Team USA double-overtime win against Germany Monday, July 13, at the World University Games in South Korea.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) runs past celebrating fans after a Team USA double-overtime win against Germany Monday, July 13, at the World University Games in South Korea.

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— Kansas University junior point guard Frank Mason III was confident in the final minutes of the United States’ men’s basketball team’s 84-77, double-overtime victory over Germany on Monday at Yeomju Gymnasium. 

His teammates were even more confident. 

Mason tied the game with two free throws near the end of regulation and made a game-tying layup in the first overtime. He assisted on the go-ahead bucket, a three-pointer by Kansas junior guard Wayne Selden Jr., in the second overtime. 

“Frank is a dog. I already know he’s going to do something good with it,” SMU senior guard Nic Moore said. “Once he made that layup (to tie the game at the end of the first overtime), I already knew he was going to keep it going for us and just pull it out for us.”

Mason finished with 18 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals in 39 minutes Monday. He led every player in the tournament, averaging 4.4 assists per game, was third with 2.5 steals and finished fifth with 14.5 points per game. 

“I’m here in my junior season,” Mason said. “Been through a lot throughout my two-and-a-half years at Kansas. I had a lot of confidence.”

Mason, who played the entire tournament with a sore right wrist — his shooting hand — shot 46 percent on Monday (6-of-13). He saved his biggest buckets for crunch time to no surprise of his teammates. 

“I’ve seen him,” Kansas senior forward Perry Ellis said. “Over the course of the years, I’ve seen him do it. We all got confidence in him. We know he can do it. We’re comfortable with him with the ball in his hands at the end.”

Mason’s play lifted the Jayhawks to a gold medal, but also gave them plenty of excitement when thinking about the upcoming season. 

“Ever since the season ended, we’ve been playing with a chip on our shoulder,” Selden said. “We’re so excited we got to play this summer. We didn’t have to wait for the whole season. We just wanted to show that out here.”


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Comments

Sylvia Davis 2 years, 5 months ago

Frank Mason is a solid player and in control of the situations when he is in his zone; he can jute/jive the most calculating opposing player for "his shot" or to assist with a shot. We are honored we have him at KU - he steps up every game. He is a true leader that allot of young boys attempt to emulate, but can't duplicate for there is only one, Frank Mason.

Humpy Helsel 2 years, 5 months ago

I've always referred to Frank as Sherron Lite, but I'm beginning to think I'm selling him short. Maybe Sherron is Big Frank!

Len Shaffer 2 years, 5 months ago

I think you're right, Humpy.

Sherron had his great moments (especially, of course, in the championship game), but I think Frank may end up being one of the greatest point guards ever at KU. I can't wait for the season!

James Baker 2 years, 5 months ago

Did Tait title this article? Is he now a ghostwriter? Bobby get out while you can...

Phil Leister 2 years, 5 months ago

Someone has mentioned this before, but it's worth repeating... Why does USAB.com have absolutely no mention of the men's WUG gold medal? They have a story about the women's WUG gold medal on the front page, but no mention of the men. Their twitter feed has mentions of the women's WUG team, the Pan-Am teams, but nothing about the KU/USA team. When you click on the World University Games link on USAB's website, it takes you to a page with pictures and results from the 2013 Games.

I don't get it and it's atrocious that they don't cover one of the teams representing USA Basketball after bringing home a gold. Thank you LJW for providing such great coverage.

Jonathan Allison 2 years, 5 months ago

That is very strange that they haven't updated their US Men's WUG Team webpage since 2013.

Marius Rowlanski 2 years, 5 months ago

Interesting to note is that of the heralded class of 2013, the lowest ranked recruit is the one who is making the biggest difference at KU. Not discounting the talent of Wiggins or Embiid but neither really contributed much to the program. Selden and Greene still have at least one more year to make their marks but as of now, I have Mason on top.

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