Conner Frankamp’s confidence

Conner Frankamp isn’t making shots at Kansas.

Deep into the season now, the leading scorer and best shooter in City League basketball history has not been able to consistently find his stroke as a KU freshman.In five minutes against Oklahoma on Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse, Frankamp missed both shots he took. One was a three-pointer.He also passed up a wide-open three-pointer in the first half, which didn’t make Kansas coach Bill Self happy.
Frankamp was called for three first-half fouls, which limited his playing time. He did not get on the floor in the second half of KU’s 83-75 win over the Sooners.

Because I’m inordinately curious about Frankamp’s development as a college basketball player, I asked Self about that development after Monday night’s game. I wondered whether Frankamp was battling some of the confidence issues that KU sophomore Perry Ellis battled last season as a freshman.

“It’s hard when you don’t play much,” Self said of Frankamp. “Perry was different last year because he played a lot more than Conner is playing.”

Frankamp has played in only 21 of the Jayhawks’ 28 games and is averaging just under seven minutes per game. He has made only 14 of his 41 shots, including 10 of 32 from the three-point line.

Everybody I talk to who has seen Frankamp in practice says he is making steady progress as a defender and ball handler. And that his shot is as pure as it ever was. But it’s not translating to games.

Self, though, doesn’t sound concerned.

“Conner is gonna be fine,” he said. “One thing I was a little disappointed in tonight is that I thought he turned down two looks after he missed his first shot. He’s in the game to shoot the basketball.”

Shooting the basketball is what sets Frankamp apart. He’s an incredible shooter. And since shooting is based so much in confidence, I wondered whether his coach perceived there was an issue there.

“He’s gonna be fine,” Self said of Frankamp. “The kids got a cocky way about him that I think when he’s put in that situation enough times, we’ll get some really good results.”

Conner Frankamp isn’t making shots at Kansas.
Deep into the season now, the leading scorer and best shooter in City League basketball history has not been able to consistently find his stroke as a KU freshman.

In five minutes against Oklahoma on Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse, Frankamp missed both shots he took. One was a three-pointer.

He also passed up a wide-open three-pointer in the first half, which didn’t make Kansas coach Bill Self happy.

Frankamp was called for three first-half fouls, which limited his playing time. He did not get on the floor in the second half of KU’s 83-75 win over the Sooners.

Because I’m inordinately curious about Frankamp’s development as a college basketball player, I asked Self about that development after Monday night’s game. I wondered whether Frankamp was battling some of the confidence issues that KU sophomore Perry Ellis battled last season as a freshman.

“It’s hard when you don’t play much,” Self said of Frankamp. “Perry was different last year because he played a lot more than Conner is playing.”

Frankamp has played in only 21 of the Jayhawks’ 28 games and is averaging just under seven minutes per game. He has made only 14 of his 41 shots, including 10 of 32 from the three-point line.

Everybody I talk to who has seen Frankamp in practice says he is making steady progress as a defender and ball handler. And that his shot is as pure as it ever was. But it’s not translating to games.

Self, though, doesn’t sound concerned.

“Conner is gonna be fine,” he said. “One thing I was a little disappointed in tonight is that I thought he turned down two looks after he missed his first shot. He’s in the game to shoot the basketball.”

Shooting the basketball is what sets Frankamp apart. He’s an incredible shooter. And since shooting is based so much in confidence, I wondered whether his coach perceived there was an issue there.

“He’s gonna be fine,” Self said of Frankamp. “The kids got a cocky way about him that I think when he’s put in that situation enough times, we’ll get some really good results.”