The Washington Wizards hold the 52nd overall pick in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. Who will they take? Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects projected to be picked around where the Wizards will select. Check back for more as we continue to get closer to the draft...
Name: Frank Mason III
Position: Point guard
2016/17 stats: 20.9 ppg, 5.2 apg, 4.2 rpg, 1.3 spg, 49 FG%, 47.1 3PT% (2.3 3P/4.8 3PA), 79.4 FT%
Projections: DraftExpress 48th, NBADraft.net 54th
5 things to know:
*Mason can really score. He played four years for the Jayhawks and in his first three averaged a modest 10.4 points on 43.4 percent shooting. But in his senior year he blew up for 20.9 points per game on 49 percent shooting. He failed to reach double figures just once in his senior campaign and scored at least 20 points 23 times, including in each of Kansas' four NCAA Tournament games.
*Three-point shooting is one of his assets. Mason shot 38.7 percent from three in his first three seasons, but made a significant leap as a senior with a 47.1 three-point percentage on 4.8 attempts per game. At his size, getting his shot off could be an issue at the NBA level but that is certainly a selling point for his future.
*Mason led the Big 12 in scoring this season and is the only Kansas or Big 12 player ever to average at least 20 points and five assists in one season. Considering the history there, that is pretty impressive. As he showed in the tournament, Mason is terrific at getting to the rim and can finish despite being under 6-feet.
*He has a 41-inch max vertical, as measured at the NBA Draft Combine. That's very good. According to DraftExpress.com, that's in the 97th percentile in the history of the combine.
*Mason is a native of Petersburg, Virginia. He was originally committed to play at Towson University in Baltimore, but due to his grades had to attend a military school for one year. It was during that year that Kansas discovered him.
Fit with Wizards: Mason would be a strong option to fill their backup point guard role. He's fast and could push the pace while John Wall is out. Plus, he can hit threes and add some scoring off their bench.
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