Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kevin Haskin: Anyone Seen the Trophy KU Brought Back Once from Alaska?

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kevin Haskin: Anyone Seen the Trophy KU Brought Back Once from Alaska?

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Musings at the mid-week:

- Silly question, but where does Kansas place a trophy it claimed by winning a regular-season basketball tournament?

- The title earned at the Orlando Classic was the first from a three-game event in the regular season since 1999 at the Great Alaska Shootout.

- Dug up a KU media guide from the 2000-01 season. No prize from Alaska was depicted.

- What decorations adorned that trophy? Salmon? Dog sled? Pipeline? I might get someone at KU to sneak me into (cold?) storage and take a peek.

- During my exhaustive research I came across a bio on John Crider, a hot shot who scored 2,008 points for Horton High School before landing at KU. He later transferred to Washburn.

- Bad transition here, but that brings me to another high school sharpshooter, Conner Frankamp.

- He should fit in nicely playing down a level by going to the Missouri Valley from the Big 12.

- Phone's ringing. It's someone from the 316 area code. "Yes, that's true. Wichita State is ranked higher than Kansas in the current basketball polls.''

- Good to keep that non-rivalry rivalry thing brewing.

- Playing in your hometown, where you rate as the all-time city league scoring leader, will require some inner toughness from Frankamp. Expectations will be high.

- If both Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet return as seniors next season for the Shockers, Frankamp could shine as a floating shooter in Gregg Marshall's system.

- Finding a consistent touch and getting stronger remain key, just like when Frankamp was at KU.

- The Kansas City Business Journal, citing information obtained from Vivid Seats, notes that the median price for a KU home basketball ticket ($165) is more expensive than all but Duke ($195) and Kentucky ($177). …

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