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Conner Frankamp makes recruiting visit during Wichita State’s exhibition victory

Connor Frankamp, who recently left the Kansas basketball team, watches Wichita State’s opening exhibition game with his father Marty on Saturday at Koch Arena.
Connor Frankamp, who recently left the Kansas basketball team, watches Wichita State’s opening exhibition game with his father Marty on Saturday at Koch Arena. The Wichita Eagle

Former Kansas guard Conner Frankamp made a recruiting visit to Wichita State during the Shockers’ 112-55 exhibition win over Northwood (Fla.) on Saturday afternoon.

Frankamp, the City League’s career scoring leader while at North from 2009-13, sat about a dozen rows behind the WSU bench, in an area where recruits usually sit. He was joined by his parents, Karen and Marty, and North coach Gary Squires.

The tickets were given to the Frankamps by Wichita State in accordance with NCAA rules for recruits, said WSU associate athletic director Darren Boatright.

After the game, Frankamp came down to the WSU bench, where he was met by Shocker assistant coaches Steve Forbes and Greg Heiar, then led down a tunnel toward the WSU locker room.

KU coach Bill Self announced Frankamp was leaving the Jayhawks on Oct. 31, just before his sophomore season was to begin. Concerns over playing time surfaced during a meeting with Frankamp, his father and Self two days earlier.

Frankamp declined to comment on Saturday, as did Squires.

Frankamp must enroll for the second semester at a new school in order to be eligible after the first semester of the 2015-16 school year. He would have the rest of that season to play, as well as the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.

“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 averaged 2.5 points in 8.3 minutes last season, but was at his best in the NCAA Tournament, posting his two double-digit games of the year with 10 points in an 80-69 win over Eastern Kentucky and 12 points in a 60-57 loss to Stanford.

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