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Wichita State guard Frankamp eligible to play tonight

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Hit hard by injuries at this early point in the season, Wichita State received some very good news regarding a mid-season transfer just hours before their game against UNLV.

The school announced that redshirt sophomore guard Conner Frankamp has been cleared to begin playing for the Shockers tonight, giving Gregg Marshall another guard to call upon alongside mainstays Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet. When Frankamp would be available to play in games depended upon when fall semester grades were posted, be it Wednesday night against the Runnin’ Rebels or Saturday against No. 25 Utah.

Given the depth that UNLV has in its perimeter rotation, led by sophomore Patrick McCaw, the addition of Frankamp is an important boost for Wichita State.

VanVleet, who missed five games due to hamstring and ankle injuries, returned to action last weekend in the Shockers’ win at Saint Louis. Freshman Landry Shamet remains sidelined after undergoing foot surgery, and the same goes for senior power forward Anton Grady (neck).

The 6-foot-1 Frankamp can play either on or off the ball, which is key when considering the fact that sophomore Ty Taylor II (who has struggled recently) and walk-on John Robert Simon have been the players asked to spell VanVleet at the point.

Report: Former Kansas guard Conner Frankamp transferring to Wichita State

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Conner Frankamp will continue his collegiate career in the state of Kansas, as he will transfer to Wichita State.

Paul Sullentrop and Bob Lutz of the Wichita Eagle reported the transfer on Monday evening. The news was later confirmed by a multiple other media outlets.

“I think Coach (Gregg) Marshall can improve my game quite a bit,” Frankamp told the paper. “I’ve been very impressed with how Ron (Baker) and Fred (VanVleet) have developed as players. I think they have a good chance to get to the league (NBA).”

In his lone season at Kansas, Frankamp averaged 2.5 points in 8.3 minutes per game. During the 2014 NCAA Tournament, he saw a spike in play time, logging an average of 21.5 minutes per game in the Jayhawks’ two contests. Those games — a win over Eastern Kentucky and an upset loss to Stanford — saw Frankamp score in double figures with 10 and 12 points, respectively; the only time he would do so that season. Against the Cardinal, Frankamp came alive from three, knocking down 4-of-7 shots from beyond the arc.

Frankamp returned to Lawrence for his sophomore season, but the KU back court looked to be crowded despite the departure of Naadir Tharpe. Fellow sophomore Frank Mason had assumed the starting role and Devonte Graham, a four-star prospect, became a late addition after he finally received his release from his National Letter of Intent from Appalachian State. Frankamp announced his decision to transfer on Oct. 31. In addition to the Shockers, he was also reportedly considering Colorado.

He will have three years of eligibility remaining. According to the Wichita Eagle, Frankamp will be eligible for the second semester of next season.

Frankamp joins an incoming class for Gregg Marshall that consists of top-100 shooting guard Landry Shamet, point guard Tyrone Taylor, wing Markis McDuffie and power forward Eric Hamilton, all three-star recruits, according to Rivals.

With Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker likely returning for their senior seasons, the addition of Frankamp will give the Shockers another talented perimeter attack in 2015-2016.

Report: Kansas transfer Conner Frankamp considering Colorado, Wichita State

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Less than two weeks removed from the announcement that he would be leaving Kansas, point guard Connor Frankamp is getting ready to make his second visit, according to a report from the Denver Post.

Frankamp is expected to make his way to Colorado this weekend to visit the school. This comes of the heels of a visit to Wichita State last week.

Frankamp was the No. 34 recruit in the Class of 2013, according to Rivals, and a part of the recruiting class that included Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid. The 6-foot- guard is a sharpshooter and played a major role during the two Kansas NCAA tournament games, but his role with the Jayhawks seemed limited moving forward.

He announced his decision to transfer last week.

“I’ve been thinking about this for a while now,” Frankamp said in a Oct. 31 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.”

Frankamp is a Wichita native. He will be eligible to play after the first semester of the 2015-2016 season.

Sophomore guard decides to leave Kansas program

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In Kansas’ final game of the 2013-14 season, a 60-57 loss to Stanford in the NCAA tournament Round of 32, guard Conner Frankamp emerged as a bright spot in what was a rough offensive performance. As a team the Jayhawks shot 32.8%, but thanks in part to Frankamp (12 points on 4-for-8 shooting) they were able to hang around and even had a chance to send the game into overtime.

Sign of things to come for Frankamp, who averaged just 8.3 minutes per game as a freshman? Unfortunately for him that wasn’t the case, as fellow point guards Frank Mason and Devonte Graham emerged as the top two options at the position. With playing time looking to be scarce for Frankamp, Friday afternoon it was announced that he’s decided to transfer.

“I’ve been thinking about this for a while now,” Frankamp said in the release.”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.”

According to the release head coach Bill Self spoke with Frankamp and his father about his role within this season’s team, with Frankamp coming to this final decision shortly thereafter. Frankamp scored in double figures in two games last season, and both outings came in the NCAA tournament. Two days prior to his season-high 12 points against Stanford, Frankamp scored ten points in the Jayhawks’ win over Eastern Kentucky.

Frankamp, a native of Wichita, Kansas, was ranked the seventh-best point guard in the Class of 2013 by Rivals.com.

No. 2 Kansas rebounds from slow start to beat No. 15 Eastern Kentucky

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South Region No. 2 Kansas has dealt with inconsistent guard play at times this season, and against an Eastern Kentucky team led by guard Glenn Cosey similar play could get the Jayhawks in trouble. Sure enough that was the case, with Kansas turning the ball over 13 times in the first 15 minutes of the game, and they would trial the OVC tournament champions by as much as nine.

However the Jayhawks would do a much better job of handling the basketball from that point forward, and that combined with their ability to work the ball inside resulted in an 80-69 victory.

In the game’s final 25 minutes Kansas turned the ball over just once, with freshmen Conner Frankamp and Frank Mason providing much-needed boosst at the point. In his reserve role Frankamp scored ten points and dished out four assists but the most important number for him was zero, as it represented the number of turnovers committed. As for Mason, he finished the game with four assists and just one turnover.

Frankamp, Mason and forward Jamari Traylor, who racked up 17 points and 14 rebounds, were all important factors for a Kansas team that took a while to get going against a tough Eastern Kentucky squad. Cosey (17 points), Tarius Johnson (15 points) and the rest of the Colonels refused to back down, and that put Kansas on their heels in the first half. The Jayhawks made poor decisions with the basketball and didn’t always work to get the best possible shot, ignoring their size advantage in the front court and their ability to get to the basket.

Once Kansas committed to going inside they were able to take advantage of an EKU defense that is one of the worst in the country when it comes to two-point percentage defense, with opponents making 56.1% of those shots. Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points, with Traylor, Tarik Black and Perry Ellis also taking advantage of their ability to get inside.

Kansas finished the game shooting 60.4% from the field and they also controlled things on the boards, rebounding 56% of its missed shots on the afternoon.

As a result of their victory the Jayhawks will face No. 10 Stanford on Sunday, and how well they take care of the basketball will once again be key. How they reached that point wasn’t pretty, but thanks to their bench Kansas managed to grab control of the game late and avoid the upset.

Naadir Tharpe suspended for Kansas’ season-opener after playing in a summer league game

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The Kansas Jayhawks have plenty of talent and potential, but also a good amount of questions this season. One of the concerns for KU — as it was last year — is the point guard position. After splitting time with Elijah Johnson as a sophomore, Naadir Tharpe was expected to take on the role as the full-time floor general, but that will have to wait until at least the second game of the regular season.

When the season starts on Nov. 8 against Louisiana-Monroe, Tharpe will be serving a one-game suspension for playing in an unauthorized summer league game. While visiting teammate Jamari Traylor, Tharpe played in a Chicago summer league, which violated an NCAA rule. Self announced the suspension following Kansas’ 97-57 exhibition win over Pittsburgh State on Tuesday night.

“He played in it, (and) he wasn’t allowed to play in it, because it wasn’t from here and it wasn’t from his own area,” Self told reporters following the game. “So he goes up there to hang out with ‘Mari (Jamari Traylor), and he plays in one summer-league game. So we self-reported that, because he didn’t get prior approval, which he would not have gotten because it wasn’t in his area. It’s a game for a game. Naadir can play in the next exhibition game, but he will not play in our first regular-season game.”

In the preseason win, Tharpe played 23 minutes, scoring seven points, connecting on all three shots he took and dished out nine assists to zero turnovers. Tharpe will eligible to play on Nov. 5 against Fort Hays State in the final preseason game, though freshman point guard Frank Mason will get the start.

Mason will also get the start against Louisiana-Monore three days later. Mason, a four-star recruit, logged 18 minutes on Tuesday night, scoring five points and recorded an assist, but committed three turnovers. Conner Frankamp, another four-star freshman point guard, got 11 minutes of action and missed all three 3-pointers he attempted.

Tharpe averaged 5.5 points and 3.1 points per game as a sophomore. The junior point guard will make his season debut against Duke on Nov. 12.