Frank Mason can still ball. The former Kansas star and National Player of the Year proved as much, dropping 33 points in a KU alumni game.
Of course, there is no counting the number of former college stars who have struggled to make the jump to the professional ranks. Frank Mason has hung around the NBA, playing two seasons with the Sacramento Kings, but he hasn’t broken through for a big role quite yet.
As a rookie, he managed to score 7.9 points and dished out 2.8 assists per game. Unfortunately those numbers dropped in his second season, as many of the Kings’ other young players developed their games. He only made 38 appearances for the team last season.
Of course, as is the case with many NBA bench players, there is no guarantees for Mason.
After the Kansas alumni game, Frank Mason discussed what lies ahead for his professional career.
The team has a chance to pick up $1.6 million option by the middle of October. If not, he’ll be a free agent, which presents plenty of unknown for the 25 year old.
From The Kansas City Star:
“It’s not going the way I want it to go,” Mason said of his pro career, “but that’s fine with me. It just makes it tougher and makes me work harder, and I believe in myself, and my time will come like always.”
He added that he wasn’t sure whether the Kings will pick up his option.
“You never know how it’s going to go,” Mason said. “You just have to be prepared for whatever. I’m ready for whatever.
Mason is keeping his head up, and has a very healthy, positive perspective on the challenges that have come with his young pro career.
“I enjoyed every part of it, every challenge. Like I said, it just makes me work harder, makes me want to be a better human being, and I’m just happy to be a part of the organization. Hopefully I’ll be back with them.”
The Kings are an ascending team, with young stars like De’Aaron Fox leading the way. It is not a bad situation for a player like Mason, but if it doesn’t work out long term, hopefully he’s able to catch on with another team with which he’s given more of an opportunity.