Penn State Basketball: Fraizer Selected For Preaseason Watch List
Penn State's star fifth year senior guard Tim Frazier is one of 46 preseason candidates named to the watch list for the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced.
Frazier is in his fifth year after a season-ending injury a year ago, Frazier is one of four players from the Big Ten on the list, which will be narrowed to a final 20 in early February and then final five by early March. Prior to injuring his left Achilles tendon four games into last season, he was producing at a 21.7 points-per-game clip and averaging 5.7 assists.
This isn't the first time Frazier has been up for the award. In 2001-12 Frazier was a Top 20 candidate for the award. He led the Big Ten in assists (6.2 apg) and finishing second in scoring (18.8 ppg) en route to First Team All-Big Ten honors.
Fraizer is Penn State's single-season record holder in assists with 198 assists in 2011-12. Frazier now stands 142 assists shy of eclipsing the program's career assist record of 600. He is also among the Top 25 in scoring (24th, 1035 points) and could end his career among Penn State's top five in career scoring, assists and steals and as just the second Lion to post 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists.
Even having sat out a season, Frazier learned a lot from watching the game from a different perspective. The Houston, Texas native looks as healthy as ever and should be fun to watch this upcoming season.
“I gained a tremendous amount of different things as far as basketball goes," Frazier said of having to watch the team from the bench.
"Actually, sitting out for a year helped me become stronger and better as a man from that standpoint of going through adversity and being able to fight through that. I felt like I was able to still be a part of the team. It grew me as a man to kind of leave the past and say everything happens for a reason and move on from there.
"As far as a basketball standpoint, I was in the office every day. I was a coach for a year. Not a lot of players can say ‘I was a coach for a year and now I’m able to come back and play again.’ I think that’s going to benefit me as far as being in [coach Chambers’] ear all the time, being that middle man in between coaches and players. I was that middle guy. Coach [Chambers] gave me a lot of rope to run certain things as a coach and as a player, so I hope I benefited and I think I did."
Penn State will need all of Frazier's talent and newfound knowledge as it looks to dig itself out of the basement of the Big Ten conference in head coach Pat Chambers' third and pivotal season at the helm.