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Originally published November 14, 2012 at 05:51p.m., updated November 15, 2012 at 12:27a.m.

Conner Frankamp officially signs with KU

Self: Wichita product 'one of the best guards we have recruited since we've been here'

Wichita North senior and Kansas University recruit Conner Frankamp is pictured on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at Pleasant Valley Middle School in Wichita, where he works out daily with his father, Marty Frankamp. Frankamp said that although he is looked at as a shooter, he is preparing to play the point if needed for KU.

Wichita North senior and Kansas University recruit Conner Frankamp is pictured on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at Pleasant Valley Middle School in Wichita, where he works out daily with his father, Marty Frankamp. Frankamp said that although he is looked at as a shooter, he is preparing to play the point if needed for KU.

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Kansas University’s basketball coaches didn’t have to travel far to recruit an impact point guard/shooting guard in the Class of 2013.

Conner Frankamp, a 6-foot, 160-pound senior from Wichita North who orally committed to KU in July of 2011, officially became a Jayhawk on Wednesday by signing a national letter-of-intent on the first day of the weeklong early-signing period.

Frankamp’s signing was announced by KU coach Bill Self, once he received the letter via fax machine. KU today and Friday will announce the receipts of four more letters: from Joel Embiid, 7-foot, 220, The Rock School, Gainesville, Fla.; Brannen Greene, 6-7, 200, Tift County High, Tifton, Ga.; Frank Mason, 5-11, 160, Massanutten Military Academy, Petersburg, Va.; and Wayne Selden, 6-5, 225, Tilton (N.H.) School. Greene is ranked No. 25, Selden No. 26, Frankamp No. 31 and Mason No. 134 by Rivals.com. Embiid is currently unranked.

“I think Conner is one of the best guards we have recruited since we’ve been here. He can score. He’s sneaky athletic and can play the 1 and the 2 and will be a great combo guard in our system,” Self said Wednesday.

Frankamp, who put pen to paper in a 3:30 p.m. ceremony in his high school’s library, last season averaged 32.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists a game for a 15-8 North team that advanced to the state tournament quarterfinals. With 1,639 career points, Frankamp needs to score 538 points to become the Wichita City League’s all-time leading scorer. He would need to average about 28 points per game to surpass current KU freshman Perry Ellis’ record of 2,231 points set from 2009-12 at Wichita Heights.

“He can play point, but I don’t think he needs to be your primary point guy. I think he needs to be a guy that’s off the ball that can shoot it and do some different things,” Self said on Wednesday’s “Hawk Talk” radio show. “We could use him very similar to way used Mario (Chalmers), that we used Elijah (Johnson) last year. We always had a primary handler in there with Tyshawn (Taylor). If Tyshawn wasn’t in the game, Elijah could move over. Same with Mario. We had Russell (Robinson) and Sherron (Collins) who were primary handlers and Mario moved over when they were not.

“I think Conner is more than capable of doing that. Hey ... the dude can make shots. That’s one thing we’ve got to free his mind to be able to do that.”

Frankamp broke a 33-year-old City League scoring record his sophomore year, scoring 52 points in a game against Wichita Northwest. In July, he averaged a team-leading 14.1 points a game for USA Basketball’s gold-medal-winning U17 FIBA world championship team. He scored 22 in the championship game as Team USA went 8-0 in Lithuania.

“With USA basketball, he did everything,” Self said. “He played on the ball, off the ball and was leading scorer on the team that had Jabari Parker (No. 2 recruit in the class) and guys like that. He’s a good scorer. Other players enjoy playing with him, and I absolutely love watching him play. He’s a stud. We’re really fortunate to get him.”

Point guard Mason signed his letter Wednesday in a noon ceremony at his high school. KU did not receive the letter in time to announce his signing. Mason, who originally signed with Towson before reopening his recruiting, is averaging 17 points and nine assists a game for Massanutten (7-0). Mason chose KU over Providence, Rutgers, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and others.

Embiid and Greene are to sign in ceremonies at their schools today, and Selden will sign Friday.

No. 32-ranked Tyler Roberson, a 6-8 forward from Roselle (N.J.) Catholic, is expected to sign with either KU, Villanova or Syracuse on Friday. KU has five scholarships to give in recruiting, more if any players leave the program.

Comments

Nathan Scholl 2 years, 1 month ago

What's the point of being negative towards Mason? How does that help the KU basketball program? Support the kid until he gives you a reason not to. Maybe he has attitude issues (I say that solely based on the above and below pessimistic comments), but he's a kid. Give him a chance to grow and mature under Self. He made a good decision signing with KU, he could make more of the same great decisions if given a chance. He could be the 2 points that win us our next title. Who knows what his life has been like? Being unsupportive just makes KU fans look bad and I don't like being misrepresented by a small minority of bitter posters. Rock Chalk Jayhawk.

David Leathers 2 years, 1 month ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6Raei... The whole video is nice but skip to 2:15. It might help you wake up.

Mike Bratisax 2 years, 1 month ago

Being a Kansas graduate doesn't mean you cannot question the decisions made by HCBS. I would prefer that comments were made respectably but I don't march lockstep with anyone. Also... I doubt very much that our comments make any contribution to Kansas's basketball program.

jayhawkinATL 2 years, 1 month ago

I think Mason is one of those guys who leaves the program for "other opportunities" after year one.

IgnorantYokel 2 years, 1 month ago

What the heck?! Show some support for the kid. He or his family will probably read your comments.

Mason's ranking is not too dissimilar from Tyshawn's ranking coming out of high school.

Chris Shaw 2 years, 1 month ago

I am on the Mason bandwagon! I think this kid is going to thrive with all the talent around him. The kid's handles are unreal. Adonis Jordan says hello.

soapisurfriend 2 years, 1 month ago

I like Mason too. Obviously, I have been one of his bigger supporters on here. He can flat out score, dish, and has a tight handle. He's another guy that will crack the top 100 in the next rankings. He is a really solid 5th or 6th in this class, and he's almost got enough highlights to get himself a Mixtape!

Andy Tweedy 2 years, 1 month ago

You may not be one of them, but I see people on this board all the time saying they wish we had more players like the Bradleys and Bucknells of the world, guys who play for the love of the game and not the NBA dollars. Guys who stay four years and get a degree, not having to answer questions about whether they'll be back for their sophomore years. Well, this is the type of player they recruit and people have to go hating on the guy. Above all else, this dude decided to be a Jayhawk, something many of us decided to do at one point in our lives. That makes him one of us, and I see no reason to post negative things about the dude. Maybe he only spells the stars for the next four years, so what. Every team needs those dude, too. Welcome, Frank!

Jim Stauffer 2 years, 1 month ago

Mason might well be the guy who will allow Frankamp to be free to play off the ball and shoot more.

texashawk10 2 years, 1 month ago

Mason may be a decent player at KU, but history does suggest there's a greater chance of him transferring than there is of him playing his senior night game in a KU uniform. If he does stay at KU, odds are that he redshirts at some point and never becomes more than a rotation player his last couple of years at KU at best. He could end up being a 13.3% player, but that still comes down to about 1 in 8 chance of Mason significantly overachieving his ranking.

Geezer 2 years, 1 month ago

That kid is just an ungodly shooter. Pretty solid point guard as well.

hawk316 2 years, 1 month ago

This kid excites me. I suspect that he's really going to be something special, and I can hardly wait to see him don a jayhawk uniform.

dylans 2 years, 1 month ago

Welcome aboard (officially) Conner. You now have a chance of being part of something special. I'm truly looking forward to watching your game grow at the University of Kansas.

JHawk06 2 years, 1 month ago

As Self said we have known for awhile. Still really happy to have him officially sign and looking forward to him doing great things as a Jayhawk!

jaybate 2 years, 1 month ago

Am I the only person that is astonished to learn that a team with a Top 25 prospect that Self says is one of the best guards he has ever recruited to KU went 15-8 his junior season?

How did that happen? Was Conner injured much of the season?

My big city high school team went 15-8 without a soul on the team even going to play for a small college, much less to KU.

Someone that knows the 'ta and Conner's team fill me in here.

otjhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

He probably plays for the worst school in Wichita. They would have finished at the bottom of the league if it wasn't for Frankamp.

jhawk613 2 years, 1 month ago

Wichita North is historically not very good. That said, he single handedly beat Heights last year. Heights is where Perry Ellis went and won 4 straights 6-A state championships.

Andy Tweedy 2 years, 1 month ago

He scored 38 of 47 points in that game. I'm not suggesting the players around him suck, but they might be a little offensively challenged. I can't imagine Heights didn't throw more than one body at him at some point during that game, and still nobody else was scoring.

Jeff Smith 2 years, 1 month ago

If connor didn't play lights out last year...then they did not win. Can't wait to see how his college career unfolds

Christopher Hauser 2 years, 1 month ago

Jaybate, Wichita North is bad to average in all of their sports, football being the worst. Conner is basically the only guy on the team and he beat a Perry Ellis led Wichita Heights basically by himself by scoring 38. The basketball talent in Wichita is normally at the other city schools and the private Schools.

yates33333 2 years, 1 month ago

This may sound dumb as Hell, but Wichita usually has the best BB talent in Kansas.

Ted Hume 2 years, 1 month ago

this all begs the question: are his scoring stats then somewhat to significantly inflated, giving everyone's projection of his true DI talent a slightly-skewed look? As 'bate pointed out at some point, his shot is great but his release is not particularly quick, begging the question: when he speeds it up for prime time in order to get shots off, will his percentage drop significantly, greatly reducing his effectiveness and playing time?

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lv_jhwk 2 years, 1 month ago

The answer to your question: yes and no.

Sure, he probably has a few more points a game as compared to being on a more talented team, but then again he definitely doesn't see the defenses that focus exclusively on him.

Besides, he's proven time and time again (AAU and Team USA) that he's a proven scorer who isn't afraid to let his teammates look good as well, so few qualms here.

jaybate 2 years, 1 month ago

To go into the way back machine, Lucious Allen was 6-2 and starred for Wyandotte High School back in the mid 60s. He was easily the greatest high school basketball player I had ever seen at that point. He played on teams that won state every year he was at Wyandotte and probably only lost one game in three years. His scoring average was not that high. But his teams went undefeated, because his coach knew how to build basketball teams. Everyone said Lucious Allen could have easily scored 30-50 ppg, if his coach had turned it all over to him. He was surrounded by solid high school players, but no future D1 rotation players. I think only one other player off his team went to D1, and he was a bench warmer. Allen went to UCLA and won a couple of rings averaging low double digits as a starter, before being booted for some violation and went to the pros. In the pros, before he ripped his knee up, I recall him scoring 38 points in a game once for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Call me a prisoner of my experience with Lucious Allen back in the dark ages, but most of the time, when great players are playing for someone other than there father, the coach builds a team and a great player averages 15-20 ppt and the coach saves him for a few big games and he shoots the lights out a half dozen times a season.

I want to believe Conner Frankamp is as good as everyone says, because we need someone that good coming into the backcourt next season. But...

How jazzed would you people be right now, if Conner had averaged 16ppg?

How high would Connner be ranked, if he had averaged 14ppg?

His numbers sound incredibly inflated, because he played for his dad.

Having said that, Pete Maravich played for his dad, Press Maravich, and scored 35-45 ppg in D1 at LSU. Pete was the best guard inch for inch I ever saw. But he never had the best coach. And even he suffered for it his whole career.

The great news for Conner is that if he is as good as everyone thinks, he is about to get with the best coach in basketball today. This could be a great, great match.

Rock Chalk!

Geezer 2 years, 1 month ago

Conner was the leading scorer on the USA U17 team that won the world championship. Jabari Parker, Tyus Jones, among others were on that team.

Christopher Hauser 2 years, 1 month ago

Side note: Barry Sanders is the only noteable athelete to come out of Wichita North until Conner.

PsychoPink 2 years, 1 month ago

North is an "inner city" school whose best days are likely behind her. And while Barry Sanders is the most "notable athlete to come out of North...", it is incorrect to say that Sanders is the "only notable athlete" from there.

KU alum, former olympian, two-time Ks. State high school BB champion, and former globetrotter, Lynette Wood went to North.

Don Calhoun, running back at K-State, spent 9 years in the NFL with Buffalo and New England. In 1970 he led North to the state finals in football. (North went to the state finals in football again in 1971. Both years, they lost to Shawnee Mission North, if I'm not mistaken.)

KU alum Curtis McClinton was an all Big-8 running back for three seasons while at KU and won the Big Eight championship in hurdles all three years he competed, was rookie of the year in the AFL, and is a member of the KC Chiefs Hall of Fame where he was a member of the team that won the Super Bowl, graduated from Wichita North.

Robin Smith 2 years, 1 month ago

beat me to it. what they said ^^

Lynette Woodard, that is. 4 time All American at Kansas and "widely considered one of the greatest female players of all time" (per Naismith HOF bio)

Mike Bratisax 2 years, 1 month ago

Can't forget the great Ricky Ross...wait maybe I can.

Jack Wilson 2 years, 1 month ago

Saw this at foxsports: "Sources indicate that four-star Brandon Austin is really struggling to decide between Syracuse and Villanova with Kansas hanging in. At the moment no announcement has been set and it isn't expected today."

Brandon Austin? He's a 6'6" small forward. Ranked in the 70s. Didn't see KU in the mix on this kid anywhere?

It also sounds like we're still going after Roberson. He's announcing Friday. Only a weird lightning strike would land this kid right now.

Greene, Selden, and Embiid are all supposed to sign tomorrow.

Here's a link on one guys predictions on the remaining 2013 guys, including Wiggins, Gordon, Randle, and Johnson.

http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/recruiting/blog/eye-on-college-basketball-recruiting/20974266/whos-left-breaking-down-the-top-uncommitted-players

drymartinie 2 years, 1 month ago

I wonder if your report misstated Brandon Austin for Tyler Roberson. Those are the exact three schools Roberson is considering. Plus, at no point have I ever seen Brandon Austin linked with KU.

Mike Bratisax 2 years, 1 month ago

Why didn't we go after Semi Ojeleye instead of Brandon Austin? Ottawa Kansas looks a lot closer than Philadelphia.

I hate seeing Duke and Kentucky coming into Kansas and signing top 30 recruits.

Boouk 2 years, 1 month ago

I wonder who'll be our starting PG next year between Frankamp, Tharpe, and Adams. I think Frankamp and Adams both have more upside, but it'll probably be Tharpe.

I like how Self has been targeting more shooters on the recruiting trail recently in White, Frankamp, and Green, because our 3 point shooting has been a weakness ever since we lost Reed and Morningstar. Hopefully Seldon gives us an upgrade in shooting at the SF position too.

chahawk 2 years, 1 month ago

I see Seldon playing more of the slash to the basket type of guy and kicking it out to the perimeter for someone to take the shot. With his size and athleticism I think people will have to respect him and crash the paint. Self has done a great job at recruiting some sharp shooters.

Mel Clare 2 years, 1 month ago

I like that fact too about the shooters! Also, think about this.............we have to go small then why would you not want Frankamp, Tharpe and Adams on the court at the same time..........with lets say Ellis and Embid or Ellis and McClemore? Spread it out and bomb away! Not a bad idea to have 3 guys who could play point in case of injury or foul troubles............at one time we had four! Morningstar, Reed, EJ and TyShawn who could all play point at one time or another........

Ted Hume 2 years, 1 month ago

Tharp, I think; no question. He's looking quick, strong and very comfortable with the speed of the big-time DI game. plus his 3P shot is supposedly solid (we'll see). Adams could come along and challenge, I suppose, theoretically, (Conner and Mason, as freshmen, will not be ready for prime time at all when they arrive) but it seems like Tharp will likely settle into the starting role for the next couple of years...

LAJayhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

"I think [Insert Name]_ is one of the best [Insert Trait]_ we have [Insert either "had" or "recruited"] since we’ve been here."

Ah, I love my Mad Libs coach. :-)

Jonathan Allison 2 years, 1 month ago

I'll play.

"I think Bill Self is one of the best Head Coaches we have had since we've been here."

KUfanInFlorida 2 years, 1 month ago

I'd like to say that it's already a terrific class even without signing any of the Randle, Wiggins and Gordon.

chahawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Agreed, very nice class. Although, I would take Dakari Johnson over the other 3.

Boouk 2 years, 1 month ago

Dakari Johnson over Wiggins? With Embiid, Ellis, Peters, Traylor, Lucas, and Wesely at PF and C next year, I think we'd have to go with Wiggins, who Chad Ford said would be the #1 pick this years draft if he was eligible.

texashawk10 2 years, 1 month ago

KU's biggest need isn't a wing player, it's a true post player that can come in for one year while Embiid keeps developing while bulking up. Wiggins is without a doubt the best player, but Randle and Johnson fill the biggest need KU still has.

Curtis Stutz 2 years, 1 month ago

I'm very close to assuming BMac won't be around next year. I could see a lineup like Tharpe/Selden/Wiggins/Ellis/Embiid by the end of next year, or Tharpe/Frankamp/Selden/Ellis/Randle or Tharpe/Frankamp/White/Ellis/Johnson. Since any of those 3 would be gone after 1 year I'd probably have to put Wiggins at the top of my list. There's always a chance Peters will come back and play great, or Embiid will develop quickly and be an excellent starter, or Traylor and Ellis will be a good enough frontcourt to challenge for a title, where on the other hand it's hard to imagine any of the possible wings can come close to bringing what Wiggins is supposed to. It's different if BMac were to return, then I'd much rather have Randle or Johnson, if Self actually signs anyone else at that point. Tharpe/Selden/BMac/Ellis/Randle; that would be legit.

Jeremy Bolinger 2 years, 1 month ago

This kid is 10X the player that Tyrel Reed was.

Martin Rosenblum 2 years, 1 month ago

(Wish he could have been at the point vs. MSU and let EJ do what he is best at?)

Connor = Boschee

championhawks 2 years, 1 month ago

Connor = Boschee with the ability to drive every once in awhile. Boschee sat at the 3 point the whole game, I think Connor will be more involved and get to the paint every once in awhile.

jaybate 2 years, 1 month ago

HAIKU FOR RECRUITING

Self keeps recruiting. One more still likely to sign. Running time cometh?

Miguel Colón 2 years, 1 month ago

Aaron Gordon has dropped KU, and I really think we need a solid 4. Does Roberson gives us that or should we be more focused on Julius or Dakari. Sorry but it will take a season and a half to make Perry a solid interior player.

soapisurfriend 2 years, 1 month ago

I have yet to see Gordon drop Kansas. When did this happen? Last I've seen is him tweet his list (KU included) and saying how tough a decision it is. I do know it is a long shot for AG anyways.

HawkKlaw 2 years, 1 month ago

You are wrong about Perry Ellis. He is already far more advanced that Jeff Withey on offense at KU. I don't know what your criteria for "solid interior player" is, but he already has the natural ability to score at the NCAA level. He just needs to learn to be more aggressive on defense.

Robert Brock 2 years, 1 month ago

Ellis is in need of major strength training.

Robin Smith 2 years, 1 month ago

Gordon has not officially removed KU from his list. This piece simply reiterates the long-held opinion that Arizona and Washington are his leaders and prime candidates.

So, KU is still in as good of a position with Gordon as ever, especially considering he'll be stewing on it for several more months.

Luca Rossi 2 years, 1 month ago

Nooooo!! I hope you are wrong here. The kid would be a great fit at KU, really hope he decides to come here.

Scott Bonnet 2 years, 1 month ago

Why all the disrespect for Tyrel? We sure have short memories. Tyrel was a phenomenal athlete and hit more than a few critical shots. He was an outstanding role player. Not everybody can be NBA material or a star, but without role players we are screwed.

James Miller 2 years, 1 month ago

RickSuttle,

Agreed. Tyrel was a great rebounder for his size. He contributed in many ways besides 3-point shooting. It is unfortunate he lost his stroke on the biggest stage, though.

Jack Wilson 2 years, 1 month ago

Rick: I don't think anyone was being disrespectful of Tyrel. Simply suggesting that one player may be better than another is not disrespectful. Frankamp is a nationally respected player, top 30ish, led the U17 national team in scoring, expected to play as a freshman, etc. Tyrel was an outside of the top 100 player who developed into a solid player. Just what you'd expect. I sure liked Jeff Graves as a player, but Nick Collison was better.

And why are we screwed without role players? Are you saying you can't win a Big 12 title and a national championship with 7 NBA-talented players? Seems to me that if we had fewer role players (Tyrel, Brady for example) against VCU in 2011, and some more NBA-talented players on the court, we waltz to a national title. That's just a recognition of talent level, not disrespect. But, of course, it is a rare instance when you can have 5 NBA quality players on the court at once in the college game. But you don't need "role" players. You can win with all studs.

texashawk10 2 years, 1 month ago

Tyrel Reed is not the best player KU has ever had and he's not the greatest 3 point shooter KU's ever had, even Morningstar was a better 3 point shooter than Reed (41% to 40%). Reed was a good player for KU, but Frankamp is coming to KU with accomplishments that suggest he could one day have his number hanging in the rafters of AFH whereas Reed was never going to be that caliber of player. It's not disrespectful in the least to say that someone who is ranked significantly higher than Reed was in high school is likely going to be a better player than Reed.

HawkKlaw 2 years, 1 month ago

Has Bill Self ever called a player a "stud" before he ever stepped foot in on campus? That comment has me floored. Next year's guard rotation is completely stacked (Tharpe, Rio, AW3, Frankamp, Selden, Greene, Mason and maybe BMac?!!). It's good to be a Jayhawk.

Robin Smith 2 years, 1 month ago

Frankamp is in fact a stud, but you are right, to see Self praising someone like that already speaks volumes.

I especially liked the comment from Self that he just loves watching him play

jgkojak 2 years, 1 month ago

52 Pts in a competitive HS game is nothing to sneeze at - the kid sounds like a scoring machine.

FarSideHawk 2 years, 1 month ago

The only NEED for next year is a post player ready-to-hit-the floor running - Randle or Dakari are the only two options.

If BMAC leaves after this year, AND Wiggins is as good as advertised, then add Wiggins to that list.

Other than that, at this point, I think we are good to for next year can start looking at the 2014 class.

wildjayhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Did you see the fan following from Kentucky the other night during the Kentucky-Duke game? That was great, course did you see any fans there from Kansas? KU has the poorest fan following of most schools. The stands were empty at the start of the game. Then can the fans for Duke and Kentucky that filled the arena. Kentucky has class and a proven fan base.

Tony Bandle 2 years, 1 month ago

I came up with about two dozen smart-ass answers in 10 seconds but out of respect for your avatar I will state that I simply disagree with you.

Tony Bandle 2 years, 1 month ago

PS Respectfully with no malice intended.

Jonathan Allison 2 years, 1 month ago

I don't know how the ticket sales for those double-headers work, but I image that in KU were the late and headlined game, that the KU crowd would likely have been larger. Many of the tickets were most likely purchased as a "package". Which would mean that the UK/Duke fans seats would mostly be empty during the KU game. So at best the dome would be half-full for the early game.

That and it's 700 miles from Lawrence to ATL, and it's 300 miles from Lexington to ATL, and 350 miles from Durham to ATL. And just for fun, it's 620 miles from Lansing, MI to ATL.

Robin Smith 2 years, 1 month ago

Kansas is often credited with having one of the best fan followings in the country.

To follow up on plasticJHawk's post, the significantly lesser distance to both Durham and Lexington would also play a role in how many alums of those schools have settled in Atlanta.

Alex Peekeaton 2 years, 1 month ago

I'm sure the distance from Atlanta had something to do about the number of fans for each school, but make no mistake, nobody is close to the Kentucky fans when traveling. Some of the reports out of New Orleans last April had Kentucky having more fans than the other 3 teams put together.

W Keith Swinehart II 2 years, 1 month ago

I drive through Atlanta twice annually. It's a long two days plus. Not for an early season game

Mike Bratisax 2 years, 1 month ago

You must not get around much. Every time I've seen Kansas at MSG they've had a large share of fans.

Tony Bandle 2 years, 1 month ago

Unless Tyler Robertson has an "Darrell Arthurian-type" dream tonight, I am convinced we are done recruiting for 2013. After all, the number two ranked class of 2013 is nothing to sneeze at.

All of you conjecturing on Randle, Wiggins, Johnson et al please continue but don't be crushed if what you see now for the Jayhawk Class of 2013 is what you get.

PS I really, really hope Tyler has that dream!!!

FarSideHawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Oakville, just curious why you would want Roberson for next year. We already have better rated wing players for next year, so it's not like he will come in and be a game changer. I would put Wiggins in that discussion, as he would be significantly better than anyone else on the roster.

Johnson and Randle fill a need of high impact post player, that we don't have right now.

However, even if we don't get anyone at this point, I couldn't be happier with what we already have. Actually, if we get someone, that would mean someone is leaving either for NBA or transfer, and I would rather have Jayhawks remain Jayhawks.

Jack Wilson 2 years, 1 month ago

FarSide -- Roberson's a wing like Ellis is a wing. They want to play wing, but skill set says post player. Self had described to Roberson he saw him as a Marcus Morris type player. All 4s, of course, want to be 3s. But Roberson would be a similar player to Ellis. Maybe a better outside shot.

Why would you want Roberson? Because he would come in and start immediatly next to Ellis (think Arthur and Jackson). Two 4s on the floor. We'd have Peters/Traylor/Embiid of the bench.

But you've identified why we might be the loser here .. he won't play wing for KU.

FarSideHawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Ok, makes more sense now. But he's still only 200lbs and ranked 30-something. I still don't see him as filling the post need for next year.
Even if he comes, Self may still go with Peters or Taylor paired with Ellis to add muscle to the front line.
Randle or Johnson fulfill the real need.

Tony Bandle 2 years, 1 month ago

FHS...I guess I based my preference on a combination of ability and availability. In my mind, no way Wiggins comes to Kansas. With Tyler, at least we have a shot!!

texashawk10 2 years, 1 month ago

KU probably has a better shot a Wiggins than they do Roberson. Roberson cancelled the remainder of his visits after his official visit to Villanova and based on his comments after that trip, he's going to Villanova unless he pulls a Cat Barber and Nova rescinds their offer.

coloradorcj 2 years, 1 month ago

This has probably already been addressed in a previous comment, but why is it that these stories always make a point of saying the letter of commitment was delivered by fax machine? Really? The player has to find a place that still has a fax machine?

Excited for this kid though. Sounds like a great addition to the program.

Kristopher Marshall 2 years, 1 month ago

For those of you who have not seen Frankamp play yet, get excited. Remember a guy named Kirk Hinrich? Same deal: Fierce competitor, great shooter, good ball handler, good passer. He makes everyone on the floor around him better. Welcome aboard Conner.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

AznSnSaTioN 2 years, 1 month ago

Good comparison to another KU player, but he really reminds me of Jay Burson of Ohio St. 1986-1989. One of my favorite non-KU player of all time. Burson and Frankamp does not look like an athlete, but both are great shooter and great court vision. Frankamp got some ups though, here's a video of him dunking on someone. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85EJkH... Rock Chalk Jayhawk!!!!

AsadZ 2 years, 1 month ago

I think Conner is one of the best guards we have recruited since we've been here.

Other players enjoy playing with him, and I absolutely love watching him play.

He’s a stud.

We’re really fortunate to get him.

I have never seen such comments from HCBS on an incoming recruit.

I can't wait to see him in action.

Tony Bandle 2 years, 1 month ago

Allow me to translate "Self Speak"...."Conner may be the best knockdown outside three point shooter we have ever had. Just his presence on the court will allow me to do what I want to do best..feed the post against a stretched defense."

Conner will be valuable even if only presenting the threat of the TRI-BOMB.

Also, he will be at least 6'-1" by this time next year...whether he grows or not :) !!

mikehawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Practice next year is going to be all out war. Wow! What a stable of horses. The guys here this year need to do what Jamari, Nadiir, and Ben have done, which is get stronger and learn the system well as a means of staying ahead of the pack.

Jonathan Allison 2 years, 1 month ago

Semantically the paragraph about Frank Mason must be wrong. A player can only sign an LOI once. So he couldn't have "signed" with Towson and later "signed" with Kansas.

Unless he signed an LOI with Towson last year, and then decided to go to Prep school one year, and then signed a grant-in-aid form for KU.

Or if he signed an LOI for Towson and then never sent it to the school for processing.

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