Frankamp amped for junior season

Fresh off a successful training camp with the Team USA U-17 Developmental Squad in mid-October, Wichita (KS) North Class of 2013 standout - and future Kansas Jayhawk - Conner Frankamp is ready to get the ball rolling on his junior campaign.

A little more than four months ago, Conner Frankamp helped the USA Men's Under-16 National Team take home a gold medal at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

Sometimes, to him, that still feels a little surreal.

"I think it will be (special) for my whole life," the Wichita (KS) North junior said. "Just putting on that jersey and representing your country is pretty amazing. I never thought I would be doing that, and it's a dream come true for sure."

Last month, Frankamp took his first steps toward ensuring the dream lasts a little longer, as the Team USA Under-17 squad held its first Developmental National Team Training Camp.

The camp marked the beginning stages of a process which will eventually end with the 29-man developmental team whittled down to a final 12-man roster. Included on the developmental squad are not only the 12 members of the 2011 U-16 team, but also many who were cut during last year's training camps and some new faces as well.

By making the team last time around, Frankamp feels he gained a leg up in October. His experience has granted him a better understand of what the coaches want from him, and his time playing with the U-16 team helped create a strong bond with many of the U-17 hopefuls.

Of course, it doesn't hurt that he played extremely well while in Colorado Springs, Colo., earning rave reviews for his shooting in particular from media and scouts in attendance.

"I thought I played really good," Frankamp said. "I shot the ball really good, and I thought it was one of the best times I've played in a long time."

With Team USA on hiatus for several months, the four-star Class of 2013 prospect has shifted his focus to his team at Wichita North. Practice begins in earnest Nov. 18, and the Redskins will immediately begin preparation for a highly-anticipated season-opening tilt with Perry Ellis and Wichita (KS) Heights.

As both Ellis and Frankamp are committed to the Kansas Jayhawks, and both draw crowds no matter where they play, the Dec. 2 contest is sure to be played in front of a packed house.

"I'm really excited," Frankamp said. "I can't wait until the season gets here. I think we'll be pretty good tis year, better than last year for sure, because our kids have more experience."

The 6-foot, 160-pound point guard committed to Kansas in July, and since has remained in contact with Head Coach Bill Self and the Jayhawks coaching staff.

His abilities earned him enough notoriety in the City League and beyond that Frankamp already drew every opposing defender's best shot as a sophomore. Now, as a Kansas commitment, he expects that attention will be amplified - and he welcomes the additional challenge.

"I like that a lot," Frankamp said. "I think it helps me improve my game, because every night I have to go out and play good. I can't have any letdowns."

Frankamp will be in attendance at Allen Fieldhouse on Nov. 11, as the Jayhawks open regular season play versus Towson. It won't be his first time inside the hallowed walls, but it will be his first as a member of the Kansas family.

He's simply hoping to soak up the experience.

"I think I'll look at it as my second home," Frankamp said. "I'm going to be there playing in front of all those people, so I'll for sure take it in as much as I can."


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