2013 standout commits to Kansas

The 16th birthday is an important milestone for anyone - but will always be doubly so for Wichita (KS) North point guard Conner Frankamp. Saturday, the four-star 2013 prospect called up Head Coach Bill Self and the staff at the University of Kansas, and gave his commitment to the Jayhawks.

A lifelong Kansas fan, the 6-foot, 170-pound guard from Wichita (KS) North High School earned an offer from Head Coach Bill Self and the coaching staff while on an unofficial visit to the Lawrence, Kan. campus June 30. While there with his parents, he toured the campus and facilities, spoke with the coaches and players, and tried to soak everything in.

On the ride home, with Strong Hall and Mount Oread only just beginning to fade into the rearview mirror, Frankamp had all but made up his mind.

He wanted to be a Jayhawk, and he's cognizant of how special an opportunity it is - of just how many native Kansans grow up wanting to don the Crimson and Blue, and hear the roar of the crowd at historic Allen Fieldhouse.

"It means the world to me," Frankamp said. "Just actually having it happen is a dream come true. I can't really explain it."

It was more than just his fandom that drew him to Kansas, however.

"I love the coaching staff and the campus itself was really good," he added. "Coach Self seemed really nice, and I love the winning, how much they win over there. It all just seemed perfect."

Frankamp - a four-star prospect and one of the top point guards in the Class of 2013 - is having a monster summer. Fresh of winning a gold medal with the USA Under-16 Men's National Team at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Cancun, Mexico, he's playing - in his estimation some of the best basketball he's ever played.

Most recently, he and his teammates took to the court at Okun Fieldhouse in Shawnee, Kan. for the Metro Sports Classic, where on the second day of action Frankamp poured in 25 points and nailed five three-pointers.

A heady all-around player, he's capable of playing both on and off the ball with his blend of ball-handling, passing, intelligence and that deadly long-range jumper, and in the past few weeks his full talents have been on display.

"I thought I played the best I ever played in my life, actually," Frankamp said, of his performance during the recent NCAA evaluation period. "I shot the ball really good and improved on my defense quite a lot. I thought I've had a pretty good summer so far."

Next, he and his teammates leave Thursday for Las Vegas and another round of AAU action in Sin City. Though now he'll do so as a future Kansas Jayhawk - and he's ready to represent his future home.

"I do think it will be a little bit differet, a different perspective on the game," Frankamp said. "I'm looking forward to it."

He is the first commitment for Head Coach Bill Self and his staff in the Class of 2013.