It’s no surprise with the large amount of talent on the Kansas roster that it was possible there could be a transfer. Still, it came as a surprise and brought sadness to the team when it was announced that shooting guard Conner Frankamp would leave the program at semester break, seeking to transfer.
Frankamp will still have 2 ½ years of eligibility following the transfer. While the move came as a surprise to some, it was something that had brewing for some time. The decision came after a meeting between Self and both Conner and his father Marty on Wednesday. Self was informed a day later of the transfer.
“I’ve been thinking about this for a while now,” Frankamp said in a statement. “I love KU and I love the Jayhawks. I feel like I’ve improved quite a bit since I’ve been here. I love my teammates but I just don’t feel like it’s the right fit for me. We have many good guards and so many big-time players. I want to be at a place where I could play a bigger role.”
After becoming the Wichita City League’s all-time leading scorer, Frankamp played in 27 games as a freshman and very nearly was the hero in Kansas’ NCAA Tournament loss to Stanford, when he scored 12 points on four three pointers.
“This was disappointing news to us. Conner is a fine young man, a very good basketball player and certainly part of what we had envisioned not only our future but also as an impact guy for this upcoming season,” Self said in a statement. “We still have six other very good perimeter players. We’re looking forward to all six of those guys contributing in a big way and meaningful minutes throughout the course of the year. Conner will finish this semester academically and will continue to get academic support from us. We wish him the best in his decision making of his new school and in his future basketball endeavors.”
Kansas will open its season with an exhibition, Monday night against Washburn in Allen Fieldhouse.