College basketball player of the year to visit MMA

Frank Mason

WOODSTOCK – The player who netted every major NCAA men’s basketball national player of the year award this past season will return to Woodstock this week.

University of Kansas senior point guard Frank Mason III, who attended Massanutten Military Academy for a year and starred for head coach Chad Myers and the Colonels’ postgraduate boys basketball team, will visit his former school Friday for a ceremony that will recognize his on-court achievements, Myers said last week.

The ceremony, which will be open to the public, will include the retiring of Mason’s Massanutten Military Academy jersey, and he will receive the school’s Alumni of the Year award, according to Myers. Mason’s former head coach added that Mason will be available to sign autographs following the ceremony.

Mason, who played for MMA during the 2012-13 school year, enjoyed a stellar four-year career at Kansas that culminated this winter in a senior season overflowing with postseason accolades.

On April 7 the Petersburg native became the second Jayhawk to win the John R. Wooden Award, one of the annual awards given to college basketball’s most outstanding player. Mason also was named the winner of the James A. Naismith Trophy and the Oscar Robertson Trophy and was voted the national player of the year by The Associated Press, National Association of Basketball Coaches, Sporting News, CBS Sports, USA Today, NBC Sports and Bleacher Report.

Mason, the 2017 Big 12 Conference Player of the Year and a consensus All-America First Team selection, also earned the Bob Cousy Award given to the nation’s top point guard.

He led the Big 12 in scoring (20.9 points per game) – the first Kansas player to do so since 2004-05 – and 3-point shooting percentage (49.0) this past season and ranked fourth in the conference in assists (5.2 per game). The Jayhawks reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA men’s basketball championship tournament.

Mason ended his KU career ranked sixth in school history in career points (1,885) and career assists (576).

At Massanutten Military Academy Mason helped power the Colonels to their second straight National Prep Championship tournament appearance in 2013 and the program’s only No. 1 national ranking.

Contact staff writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or bfauber@nvdaily.com