Kansas commits playing to reputation

Kansas head coach Bill Self has already solidified the makings of an outstanding Class of 2013 on the recruiting trail, by earning the commitments of Conner Frankamp and Brannen Greene. Phog.net checks in with Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels to get his take on how the two have played thus far on the AAU circuit.

Known as a big-time assassin from long range, thus far during the spring and early summer Brannen Greene has lived up to that reputation while playing with a new team - the loaded Florida Rams.

"I'm sure that makes it a little easier for him," Evan Daniels said. "When I saw him he made shots from long range, he shot the ball pretty well. I think the next step is getting consistent from mid-range."

Like virtually every high school prospect to make the jump to big-time college basketball, Greene has room for improvement. However, Daniels believes he could potentially step in at Kansas and contribute right away for one, specific reason.

"I think with Brannen how he's going to make his impact in college is by making deep jump shots," he explained. "He's such a good shooter off the catch and he's got great size."

Last weekend, Greene and the Rams tripped to Illinois for the Best Buy Invitational, and came home with the 17U crown thanks in large part to strong play from he and his teammates, Kasey Hill and Chris Walker.

Here's what Scout.com national recruiting analyst Brian Snow had to say about his play on Day Two:

"Greene as usual was making shots, but in the championship game he did more than that. Greene showed the intention to attack off the dribble and also rebounded some. He will need to continue to refine the areas of his game besides shooting, but it was a solid overall performance from Greene."

Conner Frankamp is known as a big-time shooter as well, but as a crafty 6-foot point guard there's more to his game than just that lethal jumper.

Here's what Daniels had to say about the Wichita, Kan. native's performance last weekend at a big Under Armor event in Dallas.

"Late Friday night, Frankamp, a Kansas commit, pumped in 11 three-pointers in a pool play win. On Saturday, up against a loaded Illinois Wolves team, Frankamp was unable to shake free for deep jumpers in the first half. Then in the second, after nocking down a mid-range pull-up the 6-foot guard buried four three-pointers on consecutive possessions. His jump shot is pure, but he's also a solid handler and a prospect with nice court vision."

Daniels later reiterated the sentiment with Phog.net.

"He's more than just a shooter," he said. "He handles the ball pretty well and he's got great vision. He's a great point guard."

One concern that has arisen among recruitniks is his size, as he's 6-foot, maybe 6-foot-1 and - at the moment - fairly thin. Will he have the physical strength to compete in the Big 12?

Kansas strength coach Andrea Hudy has worked wonders with far less raw material, and Daniels doesn't see it as a concern either.

"I think he'll be fine," he said. "he's every bit of six feet and it's not like he has a thin frame or anything like that. He's crafty and creative and he's not just a shooter."

This weekend, Frankamp will head to to California for the Pangos All-American Camp.


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