Thursday, July 5, 2012

Future KU guard Frankamp scores 17 for U.S. on the Fourth


Future Kansas University basketball guard Conner Frankamp scored 17 points in the United States’ 116-47 rout of China on Wednesday in the final preliminary-round game of the FIBA Under-17 world championships in Lithuania.

Frankamp, a 6-1 senior from Wichita North, hit seven of 15 shots, including three of seven three-pointers. He added three rebounds with two assists and a turnover in 23 minutes.

“It’s really nice to have our depth,” Frankamp said of the (5-0) U.S., which had seven players score in double figures. “You can work as hard as you can out there and then somebody will come in for you and do the same thing you did. There’s no letup.”

Stephen Domingo had 16 points, followed by Stanley Johnson (15), BeeJay Anya, Kendrick Nunn and Jahlil Okafor (13) and Justise Winslow (12). Tyus Jones had 11 assists.

“I think both of those things were why we played so well,” Frankamp said of being fired up on the Fourth of July as well as wanting to make a statement heading into the medal round.

The U.S. will meet Canada (2-3) in Friday’s quarterfinals. The game, to start at 7:45 a.m., Central time, is available online at

“Our offense will come. We just have to keep playing hard on defense,” Frankamp said after holding China, a team that was averaging 66.2 points a game, to under 50.

Other teams advancing to the medal round: Australia (4-1), China (3-2) Czech Republic (2-3), Croatia (5-0), Spain (3-2) and Argentina (2-3).

Adams in town: Anrio Adams, a 6-3 combo guard from Seattle’s Rainier Beach High, did indeed arrive Wednesday for the second session of summer school. All six of KU’s incoming scholarship players are now in town attending class while preparing for the Aug. 6-14 trip to Switzerland and France.

Kaun’s team 2-0: Former KU center Sasha Kaun, a starter on Russia’s national team, scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds in an 84-69 win over Dominican Republic Wednesday at the Olympic qualifying tournament. Russia, 2-0, is trying to finish in the top three of 12 teams to advance to the 2012 London Olympics.


Jeremy Bolinger 9 years, 10 months ago

Gla to see Mr. Adams arrive. Now, get rid of twitter.

KUDUDE 9 years, 10 months ago


ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 10 months ago


Tony Bandle 9 years, 10 months ago

Yes, but they make up for it in numbers. Even if they are firing muskets, six hundred million soldiers is a pretty daunting defense...what, you're talking basketball!!??.......NEVER MIND!!!

jaybate 9 years, 10 months ago

Before KU: Frankamp 6-1

At KU: Frankamp 6-3

After KU: Frankamp 6-1


jaybate 9 years, 10 months ago

Imagine a perimeter season after next of Naadir 6-1, Frankamp 6-1 and Adams 6-3.

Bill's flea circus.

Need more length?

Doyle 6-4, White 6-6, and Ellis 6-8.

Remember a song "Jane's Getting Serious"?

Bill's getting flexible.

jaybate 9 years, 10 months ago

Post Script: its all about the match-UPS, taking what they give you, and making them pay for the way they play.

Bill's getting serious.

jaybate 9 years, 10 months ago

<p> mobile equals John Pawson lean, clean and easily seen.

Its all about the words.

How retro-moderne!

Thank you god!

jaybate 9 years, 10 months ago

"Bungee Jumping in the Memory Hole"

One game Ted Owens broke a press by having Dave Robisch bring the ball up the court. Jeff Withey is so mobile for a footer that it might work again...if Jeff can put it on the deck. I am thinking of the times an opponent has a banger on Jeff and is trying to press our guards to force our offence to set up farther from the basket. Why not turn this pressing against them? Make the banger play full court and watch the starch come out of him. Have our guards set up to run the offense exactly where we want. Have Jeff, who always passes the ball into play anyway, dribble it up, pass it to a properly positioned guard and, voila, make'em pay. In no time at all the press would be called off.

VaJay 9 years, 10 months ago

What gives you any idea that Jeff can put it on the floor & break someone down off the dribble?

jaybate 9 years, 10 months ago

Glad you asked, despite your impertinent tone. :-)

First, dribbling is one of the easier skills to acquire. It can usually be learned in an off season, if one has any ambidexterity at all.

Second, Jeff has soft hands catching the ball and a soft touch at the FT line, which often coincide with being able to dribble.

Third, Jeff's way more athletic than Dave Robisch ever was, if only because he isn't battling the spinal curvature that Robo had to overcome.

Fourth, these big bangers are often muscle bound, but poorly conditioned in terms of cardio vascular. Its why they often play only half a game, or less. They are trained to slug it out in the paint Sumo style, not slide in open court. If Jeff can dribble decently, and, as I said, that is not one of life's tougher skills to learn, he would blow by most of the bangers, especially the lard-assed, wide bodies in nothing flat. And there tongues would be dragging in nothing flat.

Fifth, because Self already requires his bigs to inbound the ball and run to catch-up with the guards feeding it back to a big at high post to initiate the offense after made baskets, Jeff is already in condition to run the floor. So: bringing it up occasionally would probably not wear him down that much more.

Sixth, because KU has unprecedented depth among bigs this season, it could easily afford to sit Jeff every few minutes, were he to tire from the activity.

Seventh, but because Jeff would wear out the opposing bangers in nothing flat, the opposing coach with less big man depth would quickly cease pressing either with his big, or with his guards, to get Self to stop using Jeff to bring the ball up the floor. In turn, KU would be able to run its offense without being pressured, while KU would continue to apply its own defensive pressure on the other end. This would be the best of all possible worlds in Self Ball. And Jeff would only have to bring it up briefly to bring alter play into this hugely favorable dynamic for Self Ball.

It would be similar in principal to Haith (or several other coaches) making Jeff chase Kim English in half court.

The essence is this: make the lard-assed bangers, and the hugely muscled ones, chase slender, mobile Jeff in open court on the dribble.

Using bigs to bring the ball up court is not done often, but it has been done occasionally probably since the earliest days of pressing, when a big had been developed to dribble.


jaybate 9 years, 10 months ago


Nice hyper textual counter link.

Alas, it betrays you have no game of your own.

Get better.

VaJay 9 years, 10 months ago

While I enjoyed the reasoning, I'm sorry, but I haven't seen a purposeful attempt by KU to have a big bring up the ball with any frequency since DM in '88 and that wasn't even Self. Not gonna happen. Write it down JB. NOTE: the message "tone" was half impertinence & half disbelief ;)

Michael Luby 9 years, 10 months ago

Giggles, I think someone just got B#%& Slammed. 7 reasons, nice!

yovoy 9 years, 10 months ago

Fred "The Mayor" Hoiberg had Royce White bring it up when ISU played the kitties (I got home just in time to see us pull even w/ MU). White brought the ball up the entire game I think. I'm not sure if he did it any other time during the season, but I don't remember seeing him do it, and that would be something I'd remember.

There were times that I've used my "bigs" on the wings to force the opposing bigs to play some defense. It helped a great deal that I usually had a guard or 2 with a meanstreak coupled with good post moves. We'd still get points in the paint, but it was from guards.

I don't know what Ellis' handles are like, but OurSelf would more likely have him bring it up than Withey.

Redlandsjhawk 9 years, 10 months ago

I remember that game and how we all gasped in horror at the sight. It worked but it was not a pretty sight. Thanks for the memory.

Tony Bandle 9 years, 10 months ago

No offense, JB, but if I was the defense, I'd let Jeff dribble it up until he kicked it off his foot, doubled or took steps. That kind of effort just might take the startch out of Jeff.

Although, I would agree, as a once-in-awhile surprise move, it just might work.

John Boyle 9 years, 10 months ago

This only works if the other team puts a big banger on him and overplay our guards. Jeff would only have to be adequate a dribbling to handle a banger 50-60 feet away from the basket. It has been done by several teams in the past.

jaybate 9 years, 10 months ago


Thanks for the assist.

U sed it btr.

Ann Oneill 9 years, 10 months ago

What an incredible opportunity it is for Frankamp to play on the U-17 team. The more I read about him, the more excited I am about seeing him in Lawrence! He's going to have a monster season this year!

jaybate 9 years, 10 months ago

"6 frosh?"

• The tutors are going to be working overtime!

• No freshman woman is safe!

• A record number of late-to-practice laps.

• Pop Tarts'r'Us

• Blow-bys by the baker's dozen

• Big spike in revenues at the Wheel

• Bus drivers strike because of fatigue with being asked: "Is this Strong Hall?

• Record number of bee bee gun incidents.

• Pharmacies sell out of home pregnancy tests first semester, then rubbers the second.

• Record number of cherry bomb detonations trigger first October smog alert in Lawrence history.

• Self's Toughening box expanded into toughening condo complex.

• Self says he now understands Labyrinths by Borges.

• Boot camp changed to Booty Camp.

• Inmates take over prison.

(Note: todos ficciones. No malicioso.)

Michael Luby 9 years, 10 months ago

Jaybate, I havent posted on here inna while. I enjoy your entertainment. good laughs never hurt anyone.

REHawk 9 years, 10 months ago

jb, you think Naadir and Conner could crack 5'10" in their socks?

Jeff Kilgore 9 years, 10 months ago

I once walked past a geared up kid in KU attire at Walmart, nice KU attire, and thought, "That looks like Boschee, but he's not six feet tall. . ." Hours later, it came to me that it wasn't my eyes, but human creativity.

jaybate 9 years, 10 months ago

To Brock and REHawk...

Thanks for the wake up calls!!!

Wow, I had completely forgotten that Naadir was listed at 5-11 in Self units.

That means Naadir is 5-9, or 5-10 in the English system.

Please don't make me convert that to metric. :-)

Gads, no wonder Self recruited both Doyle and Adams!!!!!

But as far as Conner Frankamp goes, it says he is 6-1 in the story above and I believe everything I read. :-)

Hmmm, Frankamp at 6-1 in high school means he is really 5-10 to 6-0.

Okay, okay, so I will change the name of the Naadir/Frankamp/Adams string to...

"Then Nano Flea Circus"!!!!!


jaybate 9 years, 10 months ago

Suggestion for some budding web site builder with a basketball jones, too.

How about a web site with a height converter.

It deflate high school height to get actual high school height.

It would deflate college height to get actual college height.

And it would deflate college height to get actual pro height.

Is there any other sport where guys heights keep increasing in high school and college, only to decrease in the pros?

This is as almost as comical as the Consumer Price Index continually being altered to define out the most inflationary items.

Or the Unemployment Index continually reindexed to hide how high actual unemployment is.

Though not nearly so tragic.

No players are starving to death, or being ignored to death, because of the screwing around with height numbers.

Jeff Kilgore 9 years, 10 months ago

One thing that helps shorter guards is the distance to the floor to get the loose balls, plus, Frankamp jumps so well that his height is not as significant as it would be otherwise. Still, is there the slightest chance for a two-inch spurt?

hawkmoon2020 9 years, 10 months ago

Not saying Whithey should bring the ball up, but anyone remember D. Manning bringing the ball up the court during the 1988 Championship? Might have been both Coach Brown's ploy, and D. Manning's "take over the game" attitude.

Tony Bandle 9 years, 10 months ago

Also, if I recall correctly, Danny took two out of control bank shots of those dribbles that could have put the game in jeopardy. I think Coach Brown aged about five years, the last three minutes of that game!!

Jeff Coffman 9 years, 10 months ago

LJW must have been short on their required amount of posts for their revenue string and gave a personal shout to Jaybate to post about 20 times to help them meet their requirement.

jaybate 9 years, 10 months ago

Good to hear from one of the least insightful naval suckers on the board. Post more so I can have more to make fun of.

jaybate 9 years, 10 months ago

jaybate's most flaccid posting game nomination for 7/5/12

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The most flaccid posting game nomination can be given any where from one degree of flaccidity, signified by one downward slash from left to right (), up to five (\\).

penisisticjayhawk is nominated today for the flaccid posting award for trying for a shoot down by means of a video link.

The video link was quite amusing on its own, but penisisticJayHawk's failure to make it his own in any way made clear that he suffers acute flaccidity today.

Keep trying, penisisticJayhawk.

jaybate 9 years, 10 months ago

We have an editing glitch here at the offices of the most flaccid posting game award.

Due apparently to filters, there are limits to how many 's can be awarded.

Time for a work around for the flaccid posting award to penisisticJayhawk.

We will now use the following:

1 slightly flaccid

2 flaccid

3 very flaccid

4 extremely flaccid

5 castrati

penisisticJayHawk gets 5.

De-congratulations, penisisticJayhawk.

jaybate 9 years, 10 months ago

Oh, no! We are still having filtering glitches here.

How about this:

~ slightly flaccid

~~ flaccid

~~~ very flaccid

~~~~extremely flaccid

~~~~~ castrati

pennisisticJayhawk gets ~~~~~

But remember, this is only a test.

Michael Luby 9 years, 10 months ago

Seriously, I think its near time where we start speculating on starting line up and the first 3 off the bench. Its painfully obvious how young this team will be and how top heavy. We've got 4 seniors in EJ, Withey, TRele and Young. One true Soph in Nadir and 8 freeking freshman, all of which are pretty highly touted/talented, whatever. SO with that in mind, who will start and who will make Coaches inevitable cut to come off the bench. We all know he cuts his rotation down to 8 by about the mid Non con schedule. I think the starting 5 will be easy. EJ, Tharpe (if Adams doesnt beat him for this spot) Releford, Perry, Withey.
6th man, Ben Mac then Peters/Lucas

hawkmoon2020 9 years, 10 months ago

Definitely EJ (Tharpe?), BMac (White?) Rel (Wesley?), Ellis (KY?) and Whithey (Peters?) That leaves Rio, Doyle, Traylor and Lucas for limited, and/or mop up time.

Ben Berglund 9 years, 10 months ago

No way both KY and Wesley see lots of minutes. Nothing against either of them. KY's energy is amazing. I feel like we never got to know the real Justin, which is a bummer, his bro Keith is one of my all-time favorites. Anyway, i think the starting lineup is clear except for the 2, with EJ, BMAC, Withey, and ideally Ellis. One of the seniors will likely get the starting nod initially ahead of Ellis, as is HCBS' way. I love that we can swap out 3 gaurds, and go tharpe, adams/white, releford. Then there's the bigs where we're like 7-deep. I don't even know how that's gonna play out.

REHawk 9 years, 10 months ago

I envision KY earning 15-20 minutes. Justin still a huge question mark. He has the bounce and athleticism to see a bit more action than last season...IF he can control the reaching/fouling. Foot movement and positioning are keys to his potential. Will be interesting to see what he has learned in his two years at KU. Considering team depth, his presence will not be essential to this squad's gametime success. If he earns minutes, he will have to improve exponentially. He is certainly blessed with gifted genes.

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