Conner Frankamp had the game of his life on Tuesday night, but he still left Wichita Northwest (Kansas) High with an empty feeling in his stomach. That's because Frankamp, one of the nation's budding sophomore talents, couldn't deliver a win in a game in which the point guard set a new Wichita City League record for points in a single game.
"It means a lot to me, but not as much as getting a 'W,'" Frankamp told Kansas.com of his new record. "[A late 3-pointer] looked good for a second, I thought it was going in. But I was a little tired there at the end, so I got to work on my endurance."
As reported on Kansas.com and elsewhere, Frankamp dropped in an astounding 52 points in a double-overtime loss for his Wichita North (Kansas) High team in the second game of the season. The point guard scored 17 of his points in a dramatic fourth quarter in which he seemed to steal a win for the Redskins before Northwest star June Johnson nailed a late three to force the game into overtime.
If there was any question whether Wichita North is a one-man team, consider this: Of the Redskins' 81 points, Frankamp was the only player who scored in double figures. North's next highest scorer was Jacob Urban, who scored nine points in the loss.
"It's a team game, but once we saw him get into that zone, we just let him go to work," North coach Gary Squires told Kansas.com. "We spread the floor and let him go. He's a type of scorer that can change the game around and he did."
Perphaps most amazingly, Frankamp scored all of his record points with a hand in his face. The sophomore was singled out by a box-and-one defense from Wichita Northwest all game, yet still found ways to connect on an impressive 18-of-38 shooting night that included eight 3-pointers.
Amazingly, Wichita Northwest's coach said even the box-and-one formation wasn't enough for Frankamp, saying that if he saw the guard again he would literally double-team him throughout the entire game.
"I heard [Frankamp had improved] over the summer and I was like, 'What's all the fuss about?'" Northwest coach Chris Collins told Kansas.com. "Now I know what the fuss is about."