Elder senior guard Frankie Hofmeyer holds his Fort Lauderdale Beach Holiday Classic MVP trophy along side his father, Tony, on Dec. 30. Frankie passed his dad on Elder’s scoring list in the season opener.(Photo: Thanks to Phil Bengel)
PRICE HILL – It was an inevitability. The only question remaining was how Elder senior guard Frankie Hofmeyer would pass his dad, Tony, on the school’s all-time basketball scoring list.
All he needed was three points. At the banquet following his junior season, Hofmeyer said the team was given a breakdown of the all-time scoring list.
“I looked at his number (527 points) and I looked at mine (524), saw I was three behind. I pointed that out to him and he couldn’t believe it,” said Frankie, following a plane ride home from Florida where he was named MVP of the Fort Lauderdale Beach Holiday Classic as the Panthers won their third holiday title in a row.
He needed three and he finished with a game-high 27 points in Elder’s season-opening win over Winton Woods.
With his second basket of the season, Hofmeyer said, “I looked up at him and pointed.”
According to the Elder sports archive, Tony (class of ’81) and Frankie are the highest father-son scoring duo listed.
“He’s proud of me,” Frankie said of his dad, “but he always (tells me) he only played for two years and he didn’t have a 3-point line back then.”
Tony’s son has certainly made use of the 3-point line. As it stands now, Frankie has hit 117 career 3-pointers, putting him third on Elder’s all-time list behind former teammate Brad Miller (173), and Elder’s all-time leading scorer, Chad Kamstra (197).
Frankie still has 11 regular season games left and then the postseason, but he’s already one of the most prolific scorers in Elder history. He’s currently sitting 11th all-time, and if his 18.2 points per game average holds, he could find himself in the top-5.
Elder coach Joe Schoenfeld said Hofmeyer’s a competitor.
“Competitiveness and he’s got a basketball mind,” said Schoenfeld, whose Panthers have started 10-0 in consecutive seasons. “Some kids are playing checkers and he’s playing chess. Whatever he’s gotta do to help us win, he’s gonna do it.”
Schoenfeld was a little surprised to hear where Hofmeyer ranked all-time.
“If you just look at him, this kid’s not super imposing or super fast and he doesn’t jump ridiculously high,” Schoenfeld said. “He’s a good shooter … he’s one of our best finishers on the team. When he gets around the hoop he can finish. He makes free throws and he’s just got a good knack for the game. It makes you appreciate what he’s done over these three years for us. He’s been a big reason why we’ve been so good these last few years.”
Frankie still needs to hurdle one more Hofmeyer: his uncle, Mike (class of ’77), who’s eighth all-time for the Panthers with 747 career points.
“He’s got good confidence in himself and his ability,” Schoenfeld said. “He’s never afraid of a situation. Some people have talent but lack the confidence to carry it out and he’s got the combination of both.”
Elder’s schedule heats up in January with a visit from La Salle on Jan. 8, followed by road games at Oak Hills (Jan. 12), Moeller (Jan. 15) and St. Xavier (Jan. 22). The Panthers are currently ranked No. 2 (behind Moeller) in The Enquirer Division I area coaches’ poll.
*Story taken from Cincinnati Enquirer, Adam Baum, firstname.lastname@example.org