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Monday, March 27, 2017

Mason, Jackson named Wooden All-Americans

Kansas guard Josh Jackson (11) puts his arm around teammate Frank Mason III (0) during a timeout in the first half, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas.

Kansas guard Josh Jackson (11) puts his arm around teammate Frank Mason III (0) during a timeout in the first half, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas.

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Kansas senior Frank Mason III, who figures to earn many postseason accolades in the next week, joined freshman teammate Josh Jackson on the 10-member Wooden Award All-American Team, announced Monday night by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Mason was one of the top five vote-getters, which made him a finalist for the Wooden Award, given to the most outstanding player in college basketball. The other finalists include: Lonzo Ball (UCLA), Josh Hart (Villanova), Caleb Swanigan (Purdue) and Nigel Williams-Goss (Gonzaga).

Mason led the Jayhawks with 20.9 points and 5.2 assists per game, the first player in Big 12 conference history to average more than 20 points and five assists throughout a season.

The Petersburg, Va., native was a 49 percent shooter from the floor, 47.1 percent from behind the 3-point line and 79.4 percent at the free-throw line. He added 4.2 rebounds per game and ranked third on the team with 47 steals.

Mason ended his four-year career at KU as sixth on the all-time points list (1,885), sixth in assists (576) and eighth in made 3-pointers (185).

Jackson, the Big 12's freshman of the year, averaged 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, completing a KU freshman-record 13 double-doubles.

The Wooden Award trophy presentation will air on ESPN2 on April 7 in Los Angeles.

Wooden All-American Team

Lonzo Ball, UCLA

Dillon Brooks, Oregon

Josh Hart, Villanova

Josh Jackson, Kansas

Justin Jackson, North Carolina

Luke Kennard, Duke

Frank Mason III, Kansas

Malik Monk, Kentucky

Caleb Swanigan, Purdue

Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga

Comments

Robin Smith 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Well deserved. Amazing seasons for both.

RJ King 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Wow. Five more points and Mason would've passed Sherron. I'll always remember Frank as giving everything he had for Kansas basketball. Thanks, man!

Mike Kendall 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Williams-Goss, from Gonzaga could get POY, if the Zags win the National Championship. I am hoping that Mason gets the award. Mason meant a lot to the Jayhawk offense this year. Congrats to Jackson and Mason for making the Wooden All-American Team.

Shannon Gustafson 6 months, 4 weeks ago

The ballots were submitted on selection Sunday. That means what happens in the tournament has no bearing on the voting results.

Bob Forer 6 months, 4 weeks ago

I wonder if there have ever been any other schools with two Wooden All Americans who failed to make the Final Four.

Shannon Gustafson 6 months, 4 weeks ago

I bet you're a lot of fun to hang out with...

Harlan Hobbs 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Touche, Shannon! Bob is one of the immigrants from the political blogs. He basically talks to himself over there too.

Armen Kurdian 6 months, 4 weeks ago

I think Frank should be remembered not for his skills, but for his basketball IQ. Sure, he's a terrific ball handler, but he managed the offense superbly. That facilitated other players to play at a much higher level. I think that more than anything should earn him the NPOY.

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