Frankamp blown away by Border War atmosphere

Saturday wasn't Conner Frankamp's first time to catch a game at Allen Fieldhouse - not as a fan, or a recruit or a Jayhawk commit. But the pageantry and intensity that surrounded what was likely the final edition of the Border War between Kansas and Missouri to be played in Lawrence, Kan. was like nothing he'd ever experienced.

Sure, Conner Frankamp had been to games at Allen Fieldhouse before.

Aside from being a lifelong Kansas fan, the Wichita (KS) North star has been committed to Head Coach Bill Self and the Jayhawks since the summer. So he's familiar with the atmosphere at Allen, and how intense it can get.

But he's never experienced anything like Saturday's epic Border War battle between Kansas and Missouri.

"It was just unbelievable," Frankamp said. "Words can't even really describe it. The atmosphere was so loud and everyone was really into the game. It's something I'll never really forget."

The 6-foot, 170-pound junior point guard was part of an impressive group of recruits on campus for the game, a group which included Shabazz Muhammad, Tony Parker, Jakarr Sampson, Semi Ojeleye, signee (and McDonald's All-American) Perry Ellis and fellow 2013 commitment Brannen Greene.

Being able to sit behind the bench and take in the action with at least two of his future teammates afforded him a new view of his decision to become a Jayhawk.

"It was really cool knowing that," Frankamp said. "I feel like it's the best program in the country, and being able to soak that in with those two guys there, knowing I'll be playing with them, was a great moment."

But suiting up for Kansas is still almost two years away. Right now, he's focused on helping his Wichita North teammates advance as far into the post-season as possible. The Redskins are currently 14-7, with a 10-5 record in City League play.

For them, Frankamp - who said the team is playing extremely well and exceeding his pre-season expectations - is at the center of everything. He's currently averaging an incredible 35.2 points per game, to go with 3.7 assists, and shooting 63-percent from the field – including 53-percent from beyond the three-point line.

Most recently, North picked up a huge victory with a 47-38 win over Ellis and Wichita Heights. Frankamp scored 38 of his team's points, matching the output of the entire Falcons squad.

"I feel like I played pretty good that game," he said. "The first quarter was bad. I missed a lot of open shots I normally don't miss. I got it going the second half and tried to shoot open shots, and made them whenever I could."

Self was on hand in Wichita for the action, taking advantage of the rare opportunity to catch two of his future players on one court.

"It was really cool to see him up there," Frankamp said. "I saw him right before tip off. I didn't know he was coming for the game."


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