Sunday, May 12, 2013
Fraser still undecided
By Matt Giles
Alasdair Fraser is not a player mentioned often by casual college hoops' followers, but the 6-foot-7 forward is arguably the best frontcourt player in the America East. While Fraser was not Maine's offensive leader -- though Justin Edwards decided to trek to Kansas State for his final seasons of eligibility, his shots attempted percentage neared 30 percent -- but the big took 51 percent of his shots on the interior and converted 51 percent of those tries. While his percentage dipped from his sophomore season, Fraser often found himself the target of frequent double-teams, so it is worth noting that he managed to make over 50 percent of his twos as well while showcasing his newfound perimeter game (after only taking four threes in his first two seasons, Fraser attempted 40 threes in 2013). However, in the wake of the transfer decision from Edwards and Jon Mesghna, Fraser might also be on the move.
There are recent reports that Fraser will either leave Maine to pursue a professional career or that he might transfer elsewhere. Regardless of what he decides, Pete Warner of the Bangor Daily News confirms that Fraser has been released from his NLI so he will not likely not suit up for the Black Bears next season. We will continue to follow any news about what course Fraser will choose, but this offseason has to reflect poorly on coach Ted Woodward. It has been said that the inability to recruit top talent to Maine is what has made the program arguably the hardest coaching job in DI, but Edwards, Fraser, and Mesghna were underrecruited players who shined in the America East, and Till Gloger, who struggled in his first season, was thought to be a high-impact international recruit, so clearly Woodward and his staff have done well convincing players to make the trek to Orono. Though Woodward recently signed a contract extension, we have to wonder if the loss of these three Bears might cause his seat to slightly warm.