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Sacramento Kings Draft Frank Mason 34th Overall

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When Frank Mason got to Lawrence I never could have imagined him being a national player of the year or an NBA draft pick. Today, he is both. The consensus national player of the year was taken 34th overall by the Sacramento Kings tonight.

Although the Kings also took De’Aaron Fox earlier in the draft, Frank Mason should be able to get some good minutes off the bench right away for a Kings team that sorely needs some wins.

Mason averaged 20.9 points per game and 5.2 assists per game for the Jayhawks last season, and is the only player in Big 12 history to score 20+ ppg and average 5+ assists per game. He also shot 47 percent from three.

I usually stick to the stats, but in watching Frank Mason play there is a 0 percent chance he is going to be a bust in the NBA. He’s too tough and too competitive. Either way, it’s tremendous validation for Mason, who came in as an afterthought in a recruiting class featuring Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, and Wayne Selden, and he leaves as one of the best players in the history of Kansas basketball and an NBA player.