Goals met, dreams fulfilled

When Conner Frankamp kicked off his penultimate season of AAU basketball in the spring, he did so with a few specific goals in mind.

Win tournaments. Play well. Pull in as many offers as possible, including the one he'd been dreaming of since college basketball became a real possibility for him - maybe longer. The one from the University of Kansas.

With the new school year just around the corner and the AAU season now officially come to a close, how does he feel like things played out?

"I think this is probably one of the best summers I've ever had in my life," the 6-foot, 165-pound point guard from Wichita (KS) North.

One would hope so. Take a look at Frankamp's list of goals, and one will find he met them in rather spectacular fashion.

Win tournaments? Check. The KC Pump N Run 16U team had a fantastic spring and summer, a season which reached its high point July 26 in Las Vegas. There the squad won the championship in their division at the Adidas Super 64 - and Frankamp was named Most Valuable Player.

Play well? Yep, that's an affirmative. Frankamp went on a tear late in the season, as evidenced by his MVP title at the Super 64, and both college coaches and recruiting analysts took notice. This write-up from the fifth day of action in Vegas from Scout.com national recruiting analyst Josh Gershon provides a glimpse of how well he fared:

"Frankamp was an absolute assassin against Houston Select in the adidas Super 64 semifinals. Six three-pointers and two jumpers just short of the arc accounted for some but not all of his scoring, as he hit some midrange jumpers as well. Once Frankamp had the ball, he made things happen for his team and although he was lights out with his shooting, he wasn't forcing anything as he let the game come to him."

Pull in offers? Also a check. With several programs showing interest, Frankamp drew offers from the likes of Boston College, before the big one landed at his feet in late June.

While on an unofficial visit to Lawrence, Kan. with his family, Jayhawks head coach Bill Self extended the offer in person. A Kansas fan practically since birth, Frankamp had to pump the brakes on his excitement to keep from giving his pledge to his dream school then and there.

"I was just kind of in shock, and just really, really excited and really happy," he said. "I wanted to accept the offer right there, but I knew I (couldn't) because I wanted to talk about it a little bit and make sure that's where I wanted to be."

In the end, however, Frankamp knew there was nowhere else he'd rather be; no matter how many other programs came calling. So on July 16 - his 16th birthday, as a matter of fact - he gifted himself with the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, and committed to the Jayhawks.

The commitment allowed him to play with a certain freedom at the end of the summer.

"I felt like there was a little bit of the pressure removed from me, just knowing I was going to go to KU, and I didn't have to worry about the same things as everyone else," Frankamp explained. "I knew that's where I was going."

But while it's human nature to coast a little once a large hill has been crested, the four-star Class of 2013 prospect is as hungry as ever. His father, Marty, gathered several Pump N Run players - among others - to participate in the Mid America Youth Basketball national tournament in El Dorado, Kan.

The tournament wrapped up Sunday, and afterward Frankamp was looking forward to doing what most individuals his age do with their summers.

"I think after this tournament I'm still going to take a week off and just relax and everything before school starts," he told Phog.net in an interview last week.

So yeah, one might see how Frankamp would think this has been a fairly epic summer - to say nothing of his appointment to the USA Men's U16 National Team and the gold medal he helped them win in Cancun, Mexico at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

Just don't expect him to get complacent.

"I don't have any feeling like that at all," Frankamp said. "I just feel like I need to work even hard and be even better for college."

Phog.net Top Stories