Today, Conner Frankamp can go ahead and check one item off the proverbial bucket list, and to a young man with some serious basketball aspirations and dreams...
It's a doozy.
After being named to the USA Basketball Under-16 Developmental Team in March - one of 18 prep prospects to earn the honor - the 6-foot, 160-pound point guard from Wichita (KS) North High School traveled to Colorado Springs this weekend to compete for a spot on the final 12-man roster.
Prior to the final round of tryouts, he spoke of how much making the team would mean to him.
"It's one of the best opportunities that I've ever had in my life," Frankamp said, in a May interview. "And if I do make the team it would be by far the greatest achievement I've done so far."
Mission accomplished. Frankamp notified Phog.net that he'd officially made the team late Sunday night, after the players themselves had been informed.
The roster also includes Larry Austin, Aaron Gordon, Justin Jackson, Stanley Johnson, Tyus Jones, Kendrick Nunn, Jahlil Okafor, Jabari Parker, Theo Pinson, Malik Price-Martin and Johnathan Wilson. The squad is coached by Don Showalter, of Wellman (IA) Mid-Prairie High School, with Rich Gray of the AAU powerhouse St. Louis Eagles and Mike Jones of Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha Catholic High School assisting.
The team will compete at the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Cancun, Mexico from June 21-25. The top three teams at that event qualifying for the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship, set for next July in Lithuania.