Former Kansas star Frank Mason III published a goodbye letter to Kansas in The Players' Tribune earlier today.
Today, former Kansas superstar Frank Mason III penned an emotional goodbye to Kansas and Jayhawk fans in a reflection piece published by The Players' Tribune. He talks about his childhood, head coach Bill Self, and handling success and disappointment, among other things. The entire piece is worth a read, but here are some excerpts:
On Self's coaching style:
I remember this one day at practice when [Self] wasn’t happy with my defense. So he and I were really going back and forth. When anyone questions my toughness, I can’t help but get defensive.
“Frank, you’re terrible!” he said. (Well, that’s basically what he said).
“Terrible?” I said. “Terrible? Nah, I’m a pit bull!”
“Pit bull?” he chirped back. “You’re a poodle!”
Poodle? I had to laugh.
On dealing with the loss to Oregon in the NCAA Tournament:
It didn’t end how I wanted — after the Oregon loss, I tweeted that it felt like my life was over—and, man, it’s still hard to shake that feeling of disappointment. Sitting back in the locker room, where guys were crying and feeling terrible, I had no choice but to focus on the positives and on what’s next. Graduation. The opportunity to give my son a better life than I had growing up. I thought about how far I’d come, from being a guy who couldn’t qualify to play at Towson to the Wooden National Player of the Year at one of the best programs in the country.
Mason, who averaged 20.9 points, 5.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds in his senior season is projected to go in the second round of the draft.