Local 2013 star earns Kansas offer

Conner Frankamp is on a serious roll right now. Fresh off helping the USA Men's Under-16 National Team win a gold medal at the FIBA Americas U16 championships last month, the Wichita (KS) North product visited Kansas unofficially Thursday - and received some very good news indeed.

It's probably fair to say that Conner Frankamp is on a bit of a roll right now.

One of the nation's top guard prospects in the Class of 2012, the Wichita (KS) North product was one of 12 athletes named to the USA Men's Under-16 National Team in mid-June. From there it was on to Cancun, Mexico for the FIBA Americas U16 Championship - from which Team USA emerged with a spotless 5-0 record and a gold medal.

Known for his outside shot, Frankamp exploded in a 118-46 blowout victory over Costa Rica on June 23, scoring a team-high 22 points on 10-13 shooting to go along with 9 assists.

While he was pleased with his play, the four-star prospect said it was more about the experience.

"It was just the experience of a lifetime to represent my country and win a gold medal," Frankamp said. "Having the national anthem played when I was up on the podium was amazing."

As if winning gold wasn't enough, his recruitment took a big step forward not long after he set foot back in the United States. After setting up an unofficial visit to Kansas on Monday, Frankamp and his parents traveled to the Lawrence, Kan. campus Thursday.

While there, assistant coach Danny Manning showed them around campus and eventually brought them in to a meeting with Head Coach Bill Self - where the Jayhawks' head honcho dropped a scholarship offer in the lap of the Sunflower State native.

The offer is a big one for Frankamp, for obvious reasons. The Kansas coaches like his scoring ability and the fact that he can play multiple positions. In turn, he likes that Self and Co. are showing such faith in his abilities by offering at this early date.

"I feel like I fit in really good, actually," he said, when asked about the Kansas system. "Their style seems to fit my play well. They like to get up and down, which I like a lot."

Though he wouldn't claim the Jayhawks as an early favorite at this stage in the process, the 6-foot-1 guard is nonetheless extremely high on the home-state power.

"I'm looking at them pretty heavily," he said. "And that's pretty much all I can say right now."

Frankamp and his KC Pump N Run AAU teammates will head to Indianapolis next week for the Adidas Invitational, as the college evaluation period revs into high gear.

For more on the No. 74 prospect in the Class of 2012, keep checking back with Phog.net and Scout.com in the weeks ahead.

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