Frank makes it into the record books
Mt. Pleasant’s Cameron Frank has set the single-season assist record, breaking the record set by Jeff Holtgrewe in 1974.
Frank now has 134 assists; Holtgrewe finished the 1973-74 season with 129.
“(Frank) is the hardest working, most dedicated young man I have ever coached, and he’s gotten more out of his God-given ability than anyone I’ve ever coached,” Mt. Pleasant boys’ basketball coach Paul Rundquist said.
“I get to the Rec Center at 5 a.m., and he’s there before me every single day.”
The Panthers’ starting point guard this season, Frank plays aggressively on offense, which means that opponents often focus on him.
“He draws attention, which helps him find open players,” Rundquist said.
Frank also notes that many of his assists came in transition, when he found a teammate under the basket on a breakaway. Along with leading the team in assists, Frank has a team-high 67 steals this year.
A second-year starter for the Panthers, Frank also led the team in assists last season as a wing, dishing 77 on the season.
He didn’t know that he was close to the record this season until the Panthers started their district games.
“It’s pretty crazy,” Frank said. “I didn’t know any averages throughout the season until about the final three games, when my dad and coach told me.”
Breaking that record became a goal, but not a distraction.
“It was a goal for me to reach, but I wasn’t thinking about that during games,” Frank said.
“I’m glad he has the opportunity to be in a situation where he can see the hard work pay off,” Rundquist said.
Frank can continue adding to his total in Des Moines, as the Panthers begin the state tournament on Tuesday.