Conner Frankamp, a hero of the United States’ 2012 triumph at the FIBA U-17 World Championships and a top in-state recruit for the Kansas Jayhawks, will transfer away from Kansas in search of a program where he can find a greater role.
“I’ve been thinking about this for a while now,” Frankamp said. “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.”
It is possible he will return home to play at Wichita State, which quite possibly will have an opening in its backcourt after the coming season, when All-America candidate Ron Baker will be a junior. Butler, which has had success with transfers such as Rotnei Clarke from Arkansas, would be another possibility.
Frankamp will finish the semester at KU and then transfer; if he chooses to play in the spring of 2016 he would have two-and-a-half seasons of eligibility remaining.
Frankamp was one of the top shooters in high school basketball as a senior in 2012-13 at Wichita North High, where he averaged 31.1 points and made 93 3-pointers. He was ranked as a top-50 prospect and averaged 14.1 points for the U.S. in the World Championships during the summer of 2012, on a team that included Jabari Parker of the Milwaukee Bucks and current Duke freshmen Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones.
In his freshman season at KU he averaged 2.5 points in 8.3 minutes per game. The coaches wanted to play him more to make use of his shooting skill but needed him to gain confidence as a collegian. He hit only 31.3 percent on threes, but as the team tried desperately to stay in the 2014 NCAA Tournament he delivered 4-of-7 from long range against Stanford’s stubborn zone defense.
His 12-point effort in that game and 10 in the NCAA opener against Eastern Kentucky were his only double-figure scoring performances in the season.
“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,” Bill Self said in the school’s release. “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.”