Though they have yet to see the first days of their junior year of high school, Conner Frankamp and Travis Jorgenson are already veterans of the AAU circuit.
As the stars and leaders of the KC Pump N Run 2013 squad - this year playing the Under-16 circuit - the two lead guards give the area's premiere AAU program a sizable advantage over most foes in the backcourt.
With the July evaluation period in full swing, the duo is already making the most of their time to shine in front of college coaches. Jorgenson - who hails from Columbia (MO) Rock Bridge - reportedly added his second ACC offer last week, tacking on Virginia to a list that already included Boston College. Frankamp - of Wichita (KS) North - meanwhile, has a Kansas offer in hand and earned his own offer from the Golden Eagles recently.
This week, Pump N Run is playing on home turf, at the Metro Sports Classic in Shawnee, Kan.
After a furious comeback attempt fell just short Tuesday night versus Next Level, the boys from KC bounced back Wednesday in a big way, blowing out DJH5 Houston - and both Frankamp and Jorgenson had their full talents on display.
Phog.net was courtside for the action, and is here with a quick breakdown of their performances:
Conner Frankamp - Though his jumper wasn't falling with its usual regularity Tuesday night, the 6-foot-1, 160-pound lead guard found his stroke in a big way Wednesday, leading PnR with 25 points and cashing five three-point buckets.
Though his range is one of his greatest assets, Frankamp is hardly a one-trick pony. His jumper is as effective inside the arc as it is out, and he's more than capable of getting to the rack.
We've discussed his feel for using screens and hesitation dribbles before, how he keeps the ball on a string like a master puppeteer. But what hasn't been talked about is his innate talent for finishing layups acrobatically in traffic. It's positively uncanny. He also showed surprising explosion, coming just shy of slamming home a tip dunk off a rebound, as the ball slipped through his fingers.
It's easy to see what Head Coach Bill Self and his staff at Kansas like about Frankamp. He's the total package. Comfortable on the ball - a heady point guard who is always in control, and almost always makes the right decision at the right time - he's also a real weapon off it with his shooting ability.
Travis Jorgenson - At first glance, it would be easy to say the two friends and teammates are virtual clones of each other on the court. We certainly thought as much after getting our first taste of them at the Jayhawk Invitational in Lawrence, Kan. in late May.
After multiple viewings, however, it's clear Jorgenson has his own way of doing things. A quality spot up shooter, he nonetheless looks most comfortable with the ball in his hands - and he's incredibly effective in that role.
Jet quick, the 6-foot Missouri native is able to explode in his final steps to the goal on fast breaks, gaining him separation for layup attempts against bigger defenders that may otherwise be blocked. Though he only scored 8 points Wednesday, his impact on the game was much greater, as he gives Pump N Run a flashy, dynamic presence on the ball with fantastic court vision.
Two highlights stood out: One, a bounce-pass on a fast break that covered three-quarters of the court and split two defenders before landing gently in a teammate's hands for a layup. The other, a crossover at the top of the key that nearly felled his defender and drew a muted "oooooh" response from the crowd in attendance.
KC Pump N Run will next take to the court Thursday at 11:30 a.m., in a tilt with the Oklahoma Attack.