Kansas Basketball: Analyzing Each 2013 Recruit's Senior Season
Kansas head coach Bill Self has compiled one of the deepest recruiting classes in school history. Yet, like a few of his 2013 prospects, the Jayhawks are playing second fiddle to John Calipari's loaded class at Kentucky.
While the Jayhawks' five-member class has awaited the addition of a sixth or even seventh player, there have been exciting improvements made by each of the five committed players.
With national signing day approaching this month, we take a look at the senior seasons of Self's class, a class littered with in-state talent, an All-American swingman and Jeff Withey's unofficial replacement.
Conner Frankamp isn't afraid to do it all after developing into one of the best all-around point guards in the 2013 class.
He concluded his prep career last week by hitting 22 of 25 three-pointers in the American Family Insurance High School Three-Point Championship. That sweet perimeter stroke helped him average better than 31 points as a senior at Wichita North High.
Frankamp's skills as a distributor are often overlooked by those in awe of his outside touch. Over the course of his last season, he became an elite ball-handler with a pass-first mentality.
He shot better than 90 percent from the free-throw line, attempting 10-plus free throws on eight occasions and once reaching the line a whopping 22 times.
The 6'0" Frankamp could join Perry Ellis as the best in-state duo at Kansas in nearly three decades.
Joel Embiid, a double-double defensive menace, led The Rock (Gainesville, Florida) to two signature wins as a senior, defeating Andrew Wiggins' No. 1-ranked Huntington Prep (Huntington, West Virginia) team and nearby Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville, Florida).
Unofficially Jeff Withey's replacement in the paint, Embiid continued to improve his already impressive ball-handling this season while dominating the paint defensively.
He recorded 14 rebounds in their state title game win, the first in school history, and while his offensive game needs fine-tuning and discipline, Joel Embiid transformed into the best high school prospect that no one has heard of.
It is easy for Frank Mason, a 3-star point guard, to get lost amongst 4- and 5-star recruits in this year's class, but Kansas fans will soon know the shifty 5'11" guard from Massanutten Military Academy.
Following his 2011-12 senior season at Petersburg High (Petersburg, Virginia), Mason de-committed from Towson and enrolled for a post-grad season at Massanutten, re-opening his soon-to-be wild recruitment in doing so.
A flashy attacking player that has improved his decision-making in the last season, Mason quickly became a highly sought-after player, receiving new interest from Kansas, Maryland and Providence, amongst others.
Not known as a great shooter, Mason appears to be a late bloomer and greatly benefited from a talented roster at Massanutten, playing alongside four Division-I recruits.
Wayne Selden concluded his high school career with a 13-point performance in last week's McDonald's All-American game, capping a season in which he became a dynamic all-around scorer in New Hampshire.
Many were surprised the 6'6" 225-pound swingman was amongst the eight contestants at the Powerade Jam Fest, as Selden simply isn't known as a perimeter threat.
"Nobody thought I should be in it," Selden told Mike Helfgot of the Lawrence Journal-World. "When I told people I was in the three-point contest, they were laughing at me. I was like 'You'll see'."
With an offensive game that slightly mirrors that of Ben McLemore, Wayne Selden quietly developed that perimeter stroke in averaging 24 points for the Tilton School (Tilton, New Hampshire) while also battling for 10 rebounds and dishing out four assists per game.
Yet another impeccable shooter in Bill Self's class, Brannen Greene averaged 27 points, nine rebounds and six assists as a senior at Tift County in the small town of Tifton, Georgia.
"He handles the ball like a point guard," Westlake High School head coach Darron Rogers told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in March. "And he's big enough that he can take you in the post."
Like Selden, Greene has become an elite versatile player with good size (6'7", 200 pounds) and improved defense during his last two high school seasons. And like Frankamp, Greene fine tuned a beautiful free-throw stroke, shooting 91 percent, and became an efficient high-IQ scorer.
While Tift County was upset by North Cobb in the Class AAAAAA state quarterfinals, Greene put together one of the best seasons in Georgia high school basketball history.