Penn State Basketball: Chambers Expecting Another Big Year from Frazier
Standing at the top of the three-point arc, senior guard Tim Frazier directed traffic during an afternoon scrimmage on the main floor of the Bryce Jordan Center.
As Frazier walked to his right, redshirt sophomore DJ Newbill backed down anticipating a drive by the quick and talented senior.
But instead, it was all the room Frazier needed to unleash a surprisingly quick and accurate jump-shot. Nothing but net, and Frazier just smiled as he jogged back down the court.
"If he can knock that down at a pretty consistent rate, he's almost unguardable," coach Pat Chambers said at an earlier practice session.
For Frazier, the addition of three point shot along with his already deadly floater and ability to drive in traffic has appropriately garnered him preseason All-Big Ten honors by the conference media. Frazier is the only returning member of last season's all-Big Ten team and has a legitimate shot of repeating the honor this year.
The conference's top returner in scoring and assists after leading the Big Ten with 6.2 assists and finishing second with 18.8 points per game last year, despite being keyed in on by opposing defenses, Frazier exceeded his scoring average 13 times in Big Ten play, averaging 21.0 points per game on the road.
"He stayed here all summer," Chambers said. "He went out and proved to the nation that he's one of the best point guards in the country. LeBron's camp, Deron Williams' camp, and now he's brought that into the locker room in to this program. This is how hard you have to work if you want to be successful and these guys are following it."
With the addition of Newbill, who sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules, and the progression and growth of the likes of Ross Travis, Jon Graham, and Jermaine Marshall, Frazier will likely have more room to operate, opening the floor for a more effective offense.
"I still watch old tape," Chambers said, "And we had five guys covering Tim, when you don't have to worry about defending a three you just packing it in against Tim. That's how amazing Tim's year was."
Penn State opens its season against Philadephia University, Chamber's alma mater at 4 p.m. Saturday. The regular season kicks off Nov. 9 against Saint Francis.