On Friday, Bill Self announced Conner Frankamp’s departure from the University of Kansas men’s basketball team.
“I met with Conner and his father (Martin Frankamp) Wednesday to discuss his situation and opportunity this season at Kansas,” Self said. “On Thursday he informed me he was going to transfer at the end of this fall semester. From this point forward he is no longer part of this team and will not participate this semester so he can transfer after Christmas and have two-and-a-half years remaining when he becomes eligible after sitting out one full academic year.”
Frankamp played 27 games last season as a freshman, averaging 8.3 minutes a game and shooting 31 percent from the three-point line. Frankamp was a key component in KU’s 2014 NCAA tournament run, averaging 11.0 points per game and shot 7-for-14 from behind the arc.
“I’ve been thinking about this for a while now,” Frankamp said. “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.”
Self was disappointed to lose Frankamp as he was set to start in Monday’s exhibition game but he is confident in the team’s ability to still perform at a high level.
“This was disappointing news to us. Conner is a fine young man, a very good basketball player and certainly part of what we had envisioned not only our future but also as an impact guy for this upcoming season,” Self said. “We still have six other very good perimeter players. We’re looking forward to all six of those guys contributing in a big way and meaningful minutes throughout the course of the year. Conner will finish this semester academically and will continue to get academic support from us. We wish him the best in his decision making of his new school and in his future basketball endeavors.”
There doesn’t appear to be any bad blood between either Self or Frankamp and it seemed like it just wasn’t a good fit for Frankamp at this level.
“Coach Self has been a great coach to me, I’ve learned so much under him,” Frankamp said. “He’s not only a great coach but has been a great mentor for me. I can talk to him about almost anything.
“The Kansas fans are amazing, probably the best in the country,” Frankamp added. “I want to wish my teammates good luck. They are like family to me and I want to see them succeed. I’ll still be rooting for them to win and everything.”
No. 5 Kansas opens the season in an exhibition against Washburn on Monday, November 3rd at 7 p.m.