Kansas Star Frank Mason III Claims 2017 Naismith Trophy

    Frank Mason III won the 2017 Naismith Trophy. The Kansas star continues to clean up on the postseason award circuit.

    April 3, 2017

    Frank Mason III won the 2017 Naismith Trophy. The Kansas star continues to clean up on the postseason award circuit.


    The awards keep flooding in for Kansas senior Frank Mason III.

    After becoming the first Jayhawk ever to win The Associated Press player of the year award last week, Mason was named the 2017 recipient of The Naismith Trophy on Sunday for being deemed college basketball’s best player during the 2016-17 season. He is the first Jayhawk to claim the award since Danny Manning in 1988.

    The Naismith Trophy winner was selected by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s national voting academy, which includes journalists, current and former head coaches, former award winners and conference commissioners. This year, five percent of the total tally also came from fan voting.

    The Wooden Award will be handed out in Los Angeles on Friday, so we’ll see if Mason can complete the trifecta.

    Mason was named this year’s Naismith winner over a group of finalists that included UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, Villanova’s Josh Hart and Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan.

    The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Virginia native helped lead Kansas to a 31-5 record and No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second season in a row. He averaged nearly 21 points per game and became the first player in Big 12 history to finish a season averaging 20 points and five assists during a single season.

    Mason recorded 23 games of 20 or more points in 2016-17, including in 10 of KU’s last 11 outings, and he ranked first in 3-point field goal percentage (47.1) in the Big 12. He concluded his career No. 6 on the Kansas scoring list (1,885 points).

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