USA Basketball — Kansas plus SMU’s Nic Moore and Florida Gulf Coast’s Julian DeBose — is currently 3-0 at the World University Games in Korea. But Team USA is anything but 100 percent.
According to USA Basketball head coach Bill Self, point guard Frank Mason has been playing with a sore wrist since the exhibition games several weeks ago against Canada in Kansas City.
“Frank is a competitor,” Kansas coach Bill Self told Bobby Nightengale for the Lawrence Journal-World. “You guys may not know this, but he nicked his wrist up pretty good in Kansas City. He doesn’t have confidence shooting the ball right now. The ball is not going into the hole. I don’t know if he’s made a three since we’ve been here, if I’m not mistaken. It’s because of his wrist. It’s just sore. But hopefully another day off will get him closer to healthy because he’s so good with the ball.”
Through the first two games — wins over Turkey and Brazil — Mason was shooting 6-of-19 from the field (0-for-7 from three). He got hot during USA’s 106-41 thrashing over Chile, scoring a game-high 23 points, knocking down 67 percent of his attempts. However, even after his best scoring output of the tournament, he was still bugged by the injury.
“Just a little,” Mason told Nightengale. “It’s really the same. That last shot before the first half (ended), I fell on it again. So it’s kind of sore still.”
Kansas continues Group D pool play against Serbia on Tuesday night at 11 p.m. EST.