Franklin Going About Business, Texas-Style

IU recruiting target Roger Franklin had a big weekend while leading his team to a perfect 4-0 mark at last weekend's Pangos All-America Camp. Scout.com's 68th-ranked player in '09 went up against the nation's best - both big and small - and showed why he's a top target for IU Coach Tom Crean...

Bloomington – Roger Franklin went about his business at last weekend's Pangos All-America Camp in Los Angeles with his own Texas-style approach.

The Duncanville (Texas) H.S. standout did a little bit of everything, earning himself a spot in the camp's All-America game after helping his team to a perfect 4-0 mark. Sometimes he was called on to match-up against elite guards such as third-ranked John Wall, and at others he was mixing it up in the paint against some of the country's best big men.

Franklin welcomed the opportunity to test himself against the nation's best of all sizes.

"How we do it in Texas is you don't back down from anybody," Franklin said. "He can be 6-10 or 6-11, he can be 5-4 or 5-5."

Franklin can do that because he's versatile enough to play just about anywhere on the floor. He spent a good portion of his younger days playing in the paint, and he's recently been making the transition to the wing. Now, the 6-5, 190-pounder can do a little bit of everything on both ends of the floor.

"If you need me to bring the ball up the floor I can do that off a fast break or a rebound. If you need me to hit the big 3 I can do that. If you need me to go rebound or square up my man, I can do that," Franklin said.

When his team matched up against Wall's squad Franklin didn't shy away from going up against Scout.com's No. 3 player. Franklin wound up coming away with not only the team victory but also managed to hold Wall to 11 points to earn some well-deserved respect as well from on-lookers.

"When I saw John Wall step on the floor I saw all the point guards saying I'm not going to stick him, and they looked at me and I said, ‘you guys can match-up with someone else – I'll stick him,'" Franklin said. "When I get a chance to stick a big guy like that, I feel privileged when they come up afterwards and say, ‘hey, good game.'"

Franklin was receiving praise from not only the players but the onlookers as well. He said one recruiting analyst said after watching him play, he no longer had the same concerns about what position Franklin would play at the next level.

"(The analyst) said he wasn't going to put a position by my name for a while because he said he wasn't going to worry about it because he saw me run the point, play shooting guard, play the 3, and even go inside to stick some of the big men," Franklin said.

Those are traits that have plenty of college programs interested, Indiana included. Scout.com's 68th-ranked player in the 2009 continues to say the Hoosiers are right up at the top of his list of suitors.

"They're still up there as one of my top picks," Franklin said. "I looked at some of the guys they have given scholarships to and they look like a really good class. I could see myself playing with them. I'm getting a little bit excited."

While IU Coach Tom Crean has been after Franklin ever since he was at Marquette, more programs continue to enter the picture. Franklin's two most recent scholarship offers have come from Iowa State and Virginia Tech, while the likes of Indiana, Baylor, Utah, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and SMU have already offered.

That interest figures to grow as more programs see the different dimensions of Franklin's game this spring and summer.

"I think the thing that is going to get college interest is that I'm not a one-task player," Franklin said. "I'm a multi-task player. I think that's what colleges are really going to love about me."

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