When you continue seeing a good player struggle, often times there’s a reason. Keith Frazier (Dallas, Tex./Kimball) slugged through the first two days of NBA camp and his shot wasn’t there. When a top-20 player can’t find the range even when you know he’s capable, it’s time to peel back the curtain and see what’s up.
At the Dallas EYBL, Frazier went down with an ankle injury during the first session and didn’t return. Turns out, that’s not all he’s been coping with. “This spring I haven’t given my body a rest since the state game,” Frazier said. “I’ve got an SI dysfunction in my back and I sprained my ankle in the EYBL.”
Frazier, who eventually found his range to finish strong at NBA camp, said he went through the spring and early summer at a “70 percent” clip. Hey, let’s not kid ourselves; 70 percent of Frazier is better than 100 percent of a ton of recruits but regardless, frustration naturally set in.
“It’s hard because coaches take you out of the game and you want to play so bad but your body just won’t let you,” Frazier said. “It’s something I have to be mentally prepared for.”
Frazier’s health has not created doubt or inhibited his recruitment at all. Arizona and Texas A&M emerged from a big pack but it isn’t over. “Right now I feel like I have a lot of time left so I’m taking it slow,” Frazier said. “I wouldn’t mind blowing up in the summer and having a lot of options where I could go to school.”
Arizona is the school with multiple relationships from the staff with the player. Book Richardson and Sean Miller have hit him hard. Texas has been a good spot for the Wildcats. From Juwann McClellan to Josh Pastner, the Houston Hoops program and so on, the state of Texas continues to be a fertile area for the Wildcats.
Texas A&M has a unique hook. Frazier’s former Houston Hoops teammate J-Mychal Reese is a freshman for the Aggies. The coach of that team was John Reese, J-Mychal’s dad. In a way, they’ve got Frazier surrounded and Dallas has been a strong haven for the Aggies.
Frazier’s likely to be inundated with calls and texts since open season on recruits kicked in June 15. Going into the period, Frazier had a plan and there were a few calls he was going to take regardless of the circumstances. “There will be a couple that I have to answer. I’m going to pick up whoever calls, I’ll answer and I’ll take it one call at a time. I’m going to go as long as I can and take it.”