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KU notebook: Frank Mason works out for Philly as Thursday’s NBA Draft approaches

Former Kansas point guard Frank Mason worked out Monday for the Philadelphia 76ers, who have four second-round selections in Thursday’s NBA Draft.
Former Kansas point guard Frank Mason worked out Monday for the Philadelphia 76ers, who have four second-round selections in Thursday’s NBA Draft. rsugg@kcstar.com

Former Kansas point guard Frank Mason worked out Monday for the Philadelphia 76ers — a team with a whopping four second-round selections in Thursday’s NBA Draft.

Consensus college basketball player of the year Mason was joined by Duke’s Amile Jefferson, Cal’s Jabari Bird, Indiana’s James Blackmon, George Mason’s Marquise More and Kentucky’s Derek Willis.

The Sixers, who acquired Boston’s overall No. 1 selection in a trade that was finalized on Monday, also will pick at 36, 39, 46 and 50 in round two.

“Frank did a really nice job this morning,” Sixers vice president of player personnel Marc Eversley said after the workout, as reported by libertyballers.com. “He had a terrific year shooting the ball. He’s especially terrific in transition and finishes very well in the paint.”

Eversley said Mason’s strengths are “speed, quickness, toughness. He’s courageous, very courageous. He does a lot with his body.”

Mason said after the workout that he’d love to play for the Sixers and combine forces with former KU forward Joel Embiid.

“Oh yeah, it would be great to play with JoJo and be a part of this franchise,” the 5-foot-11 Mason said. “I think they’ve got a lot of young players that are really good that are working hard and it’s going to be special here pretty soon.”

Mason has worked out twice for the Sacramento Kings. He’s also worked out for Orlando, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Utah, Washington and others. The Kings, who have two first-round selections (5 and 10), could take Mason at No. 34.

Jackson to work out for Boston?

The Boston Celtics are hoping to hold a workout for former KU guard Josh Jackson on Tuesday, ESPN’s Chris Forsberg reports.

ESPN’s sources said former Duke wing Jayson Tatum worked out with the Celtics on Monday. There is talk the Celtics will take either Jackson or Tatum at No. 3, with growing speculation that the Los Angeles Lakers will choose former UCLA guard Lonzo Ball at No. 2.

Philly is expected to take former Washington guard Markelle Fultz at No. 1.

Self, Pollard against ‘Super Teams’

KU coach Bill Self and former Jayhawk and NBA forward Scot Pollard are against the trend toward the formation of “Super Teams” in the NBA.

Super Teams are in the news following the Golden State Warriors’ 4-1 victory over Cleveland in the NBA Finals. Former Oklahoma City standout forward Kevin Durant signed with the Warriors last offseason to combine with Stephon Curry and other Warrior standouts such as Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.

It was reminiscent of LeBron James joining the Miami Heat several years ago to win two titles with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

“I don’t think any real competitor is going to say, ‘Hey let’s join forces. That would guarantee a win,’ ” Pollard said at last week’s KVC Hero Luncheon, not naming names of specific players. “I think that’s the league mentality that the old school guys don’t subscribe to.

“I’m speaking like an old guy now: Magic (Johnson) never called up Michael Jordan and said, ‘Hey, let’s be teammates.’ That’s the big counter to the argument. I believe that side of it,” added Pollard, who played in the league 11 years.

KU coach Bill Self and former Jayhawk Scot Pollard play Epic or Fail at KVC Hero Luncheon on Thursday, June 15, 2017.

Self, who follows the NBA closely, said: “The way it’s set up now … to me it’s ridiculous, just because through free agency you can pick and choose who your teammates are. You can’t do that in the NFL. You can’t do that in Major League Baseball. The Yankees tried it. It doesn’t work like that. Basketball is one sport in which you can kind of do that. Personally I don’t think that’s right.”

Dosunmu to visit Illinois

Ayo Dosunmu, a 6-foot-4 senior-to-be combo guard from Chicago Morgan Park High School, will visit Illinois on Tuesday, according to Rivals.com.

Dosunmu recently received an offer from KU. He’s a good friend of KU redshirt sophomore Charlie Moore, who is a graduate of Morgan Park. Dosunmu also is considering Xavier, Ohio State, Northwestern, Missouri and others.

Self attends tryout session

Self attended Monday morning’s Under 19 FIBA World Cup tryout session in Colorado Springs, Colo. KU’s Moore is one of 27 hopefuls trying out for the 12-man team.

There are also several top recruits in attendance, including KU targets Immanuel Quickley, Jordan Brown, Bol Bol and Romeo Langford.

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