Former Kansas basketball star makes spicy comment about top pick in NBA Draft

The ex-Jayhawk is not a fan of the draft's first selection
Jun 26, 2024; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Zaccharie Risacher poses for photos w/ NBA commissioner Adam Silver
Jun 26, 2024; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Zaccharie Risacher poses for photos w/ NBA commissioner Adam Silver / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas Jayhawks had two players selected in last week's 2024 NBA Draft, with Johnny Furphy and Kevin McCullar going in the second round. While KU sent two players off to the pros, this was considered one of the worst draft classes in recent history. Many basketball fans have questioned whether No. 1 overall pick Zaccharie Risacher fits the bill of a potential superstar.

One of those people was former Jayhawk Frank Mason III. The former Wooden Award winner competed against Risacher during his time in the Betclic Élite in France, and he wasn't too impressed by what he saw. He took his thoughts to X (formerly Twitter) to express skepticism about the Atlanta Hawks taking him with the draft's top selection.

Former Kansas basketball star Frank Mason expresses doubt about Zaccharie Risacher

"Played this young guy in France this past season; no way he’s the number one pick in the NBA draft lol, but I guess!"

Frank Mason on Zaccharie Risacher

The 19-year-old youngster has several things to work on his game, such as his finishing ability around the basket and tapping into his upside. Mason is not alone in his opinion. Many believed the Hawks would take Alexandre Sarr with the first pick, but they shied away from him after reports surfaced that he did not want to play for them.

Ironically, Mason was not active in the two games the two players met, so he didn't actually play him. Risacher's club (JL Bourg) defeated Mason and SLUC Nancy Basket 85-59 in a blowout victory. Risacher scored 11 points, grabbed four rebounds, and knocked down both of his 3-point attempts in 18 minutes played.

As much as we love Frank, these comments were pretty unnecessary. He is 11 years older than Risacher, enjoyed little to no professional success, and has not played in the NBA in four years. However, he is entitled to how he feels and believes he had no place being the No. 1 overall pick.