PETERSBURG — One of Petersburg's celebrated sons returned home on Saturday to give back to city youth.
Frank Mason III, of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, put on the first-ever FM3 Basketball Camp, which was hosted at Petersburg High School. When he was a player for PHS, Mason led the Crimson Wave to multiple appearances in the state tournament while scoring over 1,900 points during his career there.
Youth from around the area got to participate in drills, learn from coaches and take on Mason himself in some one-on-one games. Mason also signed autographs and posed for pictures with the campers, all of whom were gleefully wearing specialized jerseys with “Mason” written on the back of them.
Members of Petersburg Basketball head coach Ryan Massenburg’s current Crimson Wave squad were helping out with running drills.
While at Kansas, Mason was named the College National Player of the Year for the 2016-2017 season. He became the first player in Big 12 Conference history to average 20 points and 5 assists per game. He was drafted by the Kings with the 34th pick in the 2017 NBA draft. Last season he appeared in 52 games and averaged 7 points and 2.5 rebounds.
Mason joins professional athletes from Petersburg - including NFL players Quinton Spain and CJ Prosise - in hosting youth camps in the Tri-Cities.
“A lot of the kids that I’ve coached, they’ve given back,” said Petersburg High School Athletic Director Bill Lawson, who coached Mason during his high school years.
“It really shows his dedication and love for the city,” Coach Massenburg said of Mason. “It mostly shows the kids all the hard work he put in, and not just in basketball. He got his degree from Kansas and made it to the NBA.”
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