Kansas basketball legend teases at return to Jayhawks as member of coaching staff

One of the best Kansas basketball players in recent history thinks he has a future in coaching.

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Kansas basketball head coach Bill Self has taken several former players like Jeremy Case and Brennan Bechard under his wing on the coaching staff. Even Jayhawk legend Danny Manning once served as an assistant. Now, a fellow KU star is pondering what it would be like to coach with the Hall of Famer.

Frank Mason III floated the idea of becoming a Kansas coach one day on X (formerly Twitter). The longtime Jayhawk superstar and former NBA player scored 1,885 points at the university and is a top-five point guard in school history.

"Didn’t get a chance to win a championship at KU so it would be amazing if I could join the staff one day and win one as an assistant," the former Wooden Award winner tweeted.

While the tweet might have excited fans initially, Mason later added to a troll on the app that this was by no means imminent for him.

"What’s looking sad? I'm simply engaging with the fans by sharing my thoughts. I’m not looking to coach right now idiot. If I was serious I would reach out to Coach Self directly. I have another good 6 yrs of professional basketball in me. FOH dude," Mason wrote.

Mason still competes as a professional player with SLUC Nancy Basket of the LNB Pro A in France. He appeared in four games with the Orlando Magic during the 2020-21 season and played 10 G League contests in 2021-22.

If he does indeed have six more years of pro ball in him, then we won't see him on the sidelines until the next decade. However, if the future Ring of Honor inductee does decide to reach out to Coach Self for a spot on the coaching staff, one would have to imagine the answer would be an immediate 'yes' for the Kansas basketball legend.