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Petersburg native Mason wins Wooden Award

LOS ANGELES, CA (WWBT) -

Frank Mason III of Kansas won the John R. Wooden Award as national player of the year Friday night.
    
Mason was honored during the college basketball awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
    
Mason also claimed the Bob Cousey point guard of the year award. The senior became the first player in Big 12 history to average 20 points and 5 assists in a season.
    
"When you step out on court you have to play with toughness. You can't be a punk out there, you have to play with pride," Mason said. "It's been a good year. I wouldn't say great because a great year to me is winning it all."
    
The Jayhawks were eliminated by Oregon in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament
    
Mason won the Wooden Award over UCLA's Lonzo Ball, Villanova's Josh Hart, Caleb Swanigan of Purdue and Nigel Williams-Goss of national runner-up Gonzaga. Mason had already earned player of the year honors from The Associated Press and Atlanta Tipoff Club.
    
"I want to thank John R. Wooden," Mason said, referring to the late UCLA coaching great. "I want to thank my parents, coaches and teammates. Nothing would have meant more to me than the national championship, but I really appreciate it."

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