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Frank Mason III #0 of the Kansas Jayhawks (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

GLENDALE, Az. — Petersburg native and Kansas guard Frank Mason III has been named the Associated Press Player of the Year in college basketball.

Mason received 37 votes from the same 65-member media panel that selects the weekly AP Top 25.

Mason led the Kansas Jayhawks to a 31-5 record and the team’s 13th consecutive Big 12 regular-season championship. The senior point guard averaged 20.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists while shooting 48.7 percent from 3-point range.

“It’s such an honor and privilege to be here,” Mason said Thursday. “I have to thank my parents for putting me in this position and helping me become the man I am today.”

Mason’s collegiate career came to an end Saturday night, when the Jayhawks fell to the Oregon Ducks in the Elite Eight.

The Petersburg High graduate is also considered a favorite to win the remaining player of the year awards, the Naismith Trophy and the Wooden Award.

An online fan vote will count toward five-percent of the Naismith award process. You can vote, here, through March 31.

The Naismith Trophy will be presented on Sunday, April 2 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Wooden Award will be presented on Friday, April 7.