Kansas Jayhawks floor general Frank Mason III and Washington Huskies scoring machine Kelsey Plum capped off terrific seasons with Wooden Awards. Mason and Plum were honored Friday night in Los Angeles.
Mason, a senior, averaged 20.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game in his final year at Kansas. He led the Jayhawks all the way to the Elite Eight, but came up short of a national championship.
“I know right now it probably sounds crazy, but it doesn’t really mean much to me right now,” Mason told ESPN. “I guess when I get older and I really look back on it, I’ll brag on it. But right now, it doesn’t really mean much to me.”
Despite not usually making the headlines, Plum was the best player in women’s college basketball last season and was recognized for it.
She broke the NCAA scoring record, set by Jackie Stiles of Missouri State totaling 1,109 points. She finished with 31.7 points per game.
“I think you have to start out being super aggressive,” Plum told ESPN. “And then you allow the defense to choose what they’re going to take away, and then whatever they take away, you take what they don’t take away.”
Plum helped put Washington on the map as a basketball powerhouse. She helped lead the Huskies to a Final Four in 2016 and a Sweet 16 in 2017.
She is projected to be the No. 1 choice of the 2017 WNBA Draft, a pick held by the San Antonio Stars