Conner Frankamp is the best City League freshman since, wellæ.æ.æ. last season. But following Perry Ellis doesn’t make Frankamp’s first-season accomplishments any less impressive.
Frankamp is second in the CL in scoring, entering the week at 16.3 points. His strength is spot-up three-point shooting, but Frankamp, a 6-foot-1 guard, is improving his all-around game.
Frankamp is the only North starter who isn’t a senior. North’s experienced players were apprehensive about adding a rookie to their cohesive group, but he changed their minds with a 25-point debut against Heights.
Here’s what those involved in the North program are saying about Frankamp:
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Senior guard Chekiel Wright on hearing about Frankamp for the first time: “This is just a freshman coming in here and people are telling me, ‘Conner’s going to be the starting point guard (this) year. I’m like, ‘No freshman is going to come in here and take my spot.’ I was looking down on him at first because he was a freshman.”
Coach Gary Squires on how long it took Frankamp to fit in: “One of the seniors was asking, ‘Coach, why is he up with the varsity in tryouts?’ I said, ‘Well, he’s a pretty good player.’ Then after the Heights game, I went to the seniors and said, ‘I think the young man has proven he can play at this level.’ So they accepted him.”
Assistant coach and Conner’s father, Marty Frankamp, on when he knew Conner could be a special player: “In his first game ever, when he was 5 years old, he scored 18 points. So I just had a feeling then that he could do things. He’s been playing like that for quite a while. He was Mr. World Biddy when he was 8 years old. I thought eventually it would stop, where he would just not be as athletic, but he keeps stepping up.”
Conner Frankamp on how he developed his jump shot:
“I’ve been playing my whole life. At 1 year old, I started playing in my room and stuff. I played Biddy ball for five years.”
Former North coach Dennis Brunner (1966-80) on his impressions of Frankamp: “The thing that amazes me is the fact that he plays with so much confidence. Usually a freshman, no matter how good he is, still looks like a freshman. He doesn’t look like a freshman.”
Senior Brison White on treating Frankamp like a freshman: “He’s not all the way there yet because this is his first year playing varsity. Against Heights .æ.æ. we had to tell him, this ain’t (middle school), you have to step up. Next thing you know he had 25.”