Archive for the ‘Signings’ Category
Below are expected signings for Wednesday’s signing day. If your team’s athletes are missing, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll update them.
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Heights running back Dreamius Smith signed with Kansas, but he won’t be a Jayhawk after failing to pass the ACT, Heights coach Rick Wheeler said.
I’ve done a ton of predictions contests over the years, but not one like this.
So here we go.
You tell me where Perry Ellis will commit to play basketball. The tiebreaker is the date he commits, the second tiebreaker is where he makes the announcement (restaurant, Heights, his home). That should do it for tiebreakers. I hope.
You can share your predictions here, but you must e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for me to put you in the predictions contest.
Winner gets a VarsityKansas.com T-shirt — and something else that I’ll figure out later. (I’ll take ideas on that, too!)
By Joanna Chadwick
The Wichita Eagle
On Saturday North junior guard Conner Frankamp celebrated his 16th birthday and also clarified his future by making an oral commitment to play basketball at Kansas
“It’s been my dream to go there since I started playing basketball,” Frankamp said on Sunday. “I loved the program there. The style of play fits my style really good…. I don’t think I’ve ever been this happy in my life.”
Frankamp averaged 27.2 points for North during his sophomore season and was an All-Metro selection by The Eagle. It’s been a heady summer for Frankamp, who also was named to the U16 USA Basketball team and played in Cancun, Mexico, with the national team last month.
While the Jayhawks have been Frankamp’s favorite team, he really believes his game will translate well to the elite college level after he graduates in 2013.
“It’s my smart play and my shooting ability,” he said. “I don’t force the issue very much, and I try not to make too many turnovers…. I know KU likes to run and get up and down the court. They run a lot of pick-and-roll offense. I like that. I like to run and score in transition.”
Frankamp is most known for his ability to score. He set the City League single-game scoring record of 52 points last season during a double-overtime loss at Northwest. He shot 49 percent from two-point range, 43 percent from three, 89 percent from the free-throw line.
When the ball is in his hands, opponents know that he can use his quickness to drive to the basket or hit from three-point – or deeper – range.
But as a point guard, he also has ballhandling skills and the ability to make the sweet pass to open teammates.
“Like I tell everyone, he’d rather make a good pass, a good assist, rather than shoot the open two,” North coach Gary Squires said. “I feel he can create his shot at any time, but if a guy is open, he’ll give it to him. He’s not selfish at all. His shooting and ballhandling skills and seeing the open floor – he handles the ball so well in the open floor. He’s so unselfish; he really is.
“At North, in our situation, he has to look to score. He has to look to shoot, and we don’t have a problem with that.”
The only Kansas football player to make the ESPNU Top 150 was McPherson quarterback Ty Matthews. He has made an oral commitment to play at TCU and he came in the rankings at 108.
Kansas has definitely been making a hotbed for stud football athletes in recent seasons — Matthews is no joke. The kid not only has a great arm, he’s got amazing accuracy.
But Matthews is the only Kansan in the list? Who else should be there? Maybe Collegiate’s Trace Clark?
El Dorado’s Molly Milbourn has signed to run at El Dorado. Milbourn is a two-time Class 4A cross country champ and a four-time track champion, winning the 800, 3200 and the 1600 twice.
Mulvane senior Evan Landes has signed to run cross country at Kansas.
Landes won the Class 4A individual title in November.
Valley Center senior Joe Fisher, who burst onto the track scene last year, plans to sign on Friday with Auburn.
Fisher won the Class 4A 100 meters in 10.67.