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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

Jonathan Allison 1 year, 5 months 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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mikehawk 1 year, 5 months 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.

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Tony Bandle 1 year, 5 months 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 :) !!

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AsadZ 1 year, 5 months 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.

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Kristopher Marshall 1 year, 5 months 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!

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coloradorcj 1 year, 5 months 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.

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Tony Bandle 1 year, 5 months 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!!!

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wildjayhawk 1 year, 5 months 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.

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FarSideHawk 1 year, 5 months 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.

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jgkojak 1 year, 5 months ago

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

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HawkKlaw 1 year, 5 months 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.

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Scott Bonnet 1 year, 5 months 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.

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Miguel Colón 1 year, 5 months 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.

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jaybate 1 year, 5 months ago

HAIKU FOR RECRUITING

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

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Martin Rosenblum 1 year, 5 months ago

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

Connor = Boschee

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Jeremy Bolinger 1 year, 5 months ago

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

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chriz 1 year, 5 months ago

Hudy and the Blue-Chips. :)

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KUfanInFlorida 1 year, 5 months ago

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

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LAJayhawk 1 year, 5 months 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. :-)

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Boouk 1 year, 5 months 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.

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Jack Wilson 1 year, 5 months 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

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KANSTUCKY 1 year, 5 months ago

Does he have the green light yet?

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Christopher Hauser 1 year, 5 months ago

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

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Christopher Hauser 1 year, 5 months 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.

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jaybate 1 year, 5 months 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.

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JHawk06 1 year, 5 months 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!

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dylans 1 year, 5 months 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.

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hawk316 1 year, 5 months 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.

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jayhawks1009 1 year, 5 months ago

sounds a lot like Tyrel Reed..

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Geezer 1 year, 5 months ago

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

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Jack Wilson 1 year, 5 months ago

In other news, Mason signed too ....

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Katy Shaflestad 1 year, 5 months ago

We are going to be SICK next year!!!

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