by Nima Zarrabi / @NZbeFree
The always vibrant Venice Beach boardwalk got a serious taste of Wichita on Friday thanks to the beautiful shooting clinic composed by its native son, Conner Frankamp.
A 6-0, 155-pound guard with a silly stroke, Frankamp won the Under Armour Elite 24 three-point shootout with ease, entertaining the crowd with his smooth release and consecutive makes, edging out Rashad Vaughn.
“It felt good today,” Frankamp said with a massive smile. “It was fun out here and with this great setting it was a good time.”
The North High School (Wichita, KS) rising senior said he has a daily shooting routine that consists of 300-400 makes. “It’s all different types of shots, not just threes,” he explained. “I can usually get done pretty quick, about 30 minutes.”
Frankamp will not be straying too far from home for college—he has committed to KU. “It was always my dream to go to Kansas I guess you can say,” he said. “I can’t wait to get there. Kirk Hinrich is probably my favorite player to come through KU, he was sweet.”
Julius Randle, a rising senior from Prestonwood Christian in Plano, TX, followed up Frankamp’s performance with two perfect scores in the dunk contest, including a nasty behind-the-back left-handed jam for the crown. Randle defeated Jamar Ergas in the finals. The 6-9, 225-pound elite prospect said he’s having a blast in Cali.
“Just bonding with the other great players in your class is fun to do,” he said.
The most physically imposing player at the Elite 24 said he saved a few dunks for Saturday’s game. “Oh yeah, I still got some other stuff,” Randle promised.
Photos courtesy of ESPN/Anthony Kurtz