Frankamp to vie for spot on Team USA

Named to the USA Basketball Under 16 developmental team in March, Wichita (KS) North point guard Conner Frankamp will join some of the top prospects nationally June 10 in Colorado Springs to compete for a final roster spot - and the Class of 2013 prospect isn't taking the opportunity for granted.

By now, anyone who even remotely follows high school basketball in the state of Kansas knows the name of Conner Frankamp.

The unassuming 6-foot, 160-pound point guard followed up a strong freshman season in 2009 at Wichita (KS) North High School by going all Nuke Laloosh on the City League, and announcing his presence with authority virtually from the get-go in 2010.

How? Oh, it was a simple thing, really. All Frankamp did was drop a staggering 52 points on Wichita Northwest in the second game of the season, shattering a 33-year-old scoring record in the process.

Stuff like that has a tendency to get the attention of people - including that of college recruiters.

"I think I dealt with it pretty good this year," the soft-spoken Frankamp said, of the added notoriety. "I didn't try to do too much, just tried to keep on playing."

Though he doesn't have an official scholarship offer on the table yet, the sweet-shooting point guard is receiving heavy interest from the likes of Boston College, Colorado, Creighton, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, UCLA and - of course- home town Wichita State.

Frankamp likely won't be without offers for long. He's eyeing the month of July hungrily and the start of the recruiting evaluation period, eager to show college coaches what he can do.

"I'm going to try and play the best I can, obviously," he said. "I'm looking forward to the recruiting period quite a lot actually."

When asked in which area his game has taken the biggest strides since last year, Frankamp barely hesitated before responding.

"I would say my defense," he said. "My defense for sure. I would say mostly my man-toman-defense; my quickness has gotten a lot better."

A dead-eye shooter out to well beyond the three-point arc, Frankamp is that rare point guard gifted with an understanding of the importance of a mid-range game. Though not a truly explosive athlete, he's virtually ambidextrous with the ball in his hands, making him tough to shade one way or the other.

Not flashy with the ball like, say, Sherron Collins was out of high school, he is instead coolly efficient, capable of delivering pinpoint passes with either hand and getting to the lane with a variety of hesitation moves and crossovers.

As far as the summer goes, Frankamp has a big fish to fry well before the month of July hits and play picks back up with his AAU squad, KC Pump N' Run.

Named to the USA Under-16 Developmental Team in March, on June 10 he'll join some of the best prep prospects from around the country in Colorado Springs to compete for a final roster spot.

Make it, and Frankamp will compete with the team at the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Leon, Mexico. The top three finishing teams at that event will qualify for the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship, set for June 29-July 12 in Lithuania.

"It's one of the best opportunities that I've ever had in my life," he said. "And if I do make the team it would be by far the greatest achievement I've done so far."


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