Penn State Basketball: Frazier Looks Ahead To Professional Career
Tim Frazier already has plenty of accolades and records on his resume as a college basketball player, but after a half-decade in Happy Valley he'll look to take his talents to the professional level.
Speaking to the media one final time inside the Bryce Jordan Center, Frazier reflected on his career at Penn State and what is next for him down the road.
"My immediate plan now is to continue to train, continue to get better, work on my weaknesses as much as try to improve my strengths," Frazier said. "I head out to the Portsmouth in I think two weeks, April 16th, from there, showcase there and then from there, obviously you gotta go through the stages of picking an agent and just prepare myself for what I'm in store for."
Frazier's participation in the Portsmouth invitational will be his first chance to showcase his skills with other pro-hopeful prospects. The four-day event will not only act as a chance for Frazier to play again prior to any additional pre-draft workouts but to see how he stacks up against some stiff competition.
Obviously Frazier's time in the Big Ten has prepared him for such an event, but when the stakes are that much higher the outcome becomes that much more important. The full roster for the event will be released April 14.
Either way, Frazier will walk away from Portsmouth knowing he has plenty to work on if he wants a shot at the NBA.
"I just want to continue obviously working on my jump shot as much as possible," Frazier said. "We're going to watch film so I can see things away from the game, as far as my turnovers and continue to work on my floater, which is something that was my bread and butter my junior year. I'm going to continue to improve on that as well as just get used to this new ball now. Obviously a farther three point line. I just want to work on everything that I can and basically go out there and play as hard as I can."
Frazier leaves Penn State as the program's assists leader and one of the most dynamic players in Big Ten history.
The Houston native ended his career averaging 14.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game. It was a career highlighted by buzzer beating victories, heartbreaking losses, and plenty of memories made. Half a decade after taking the floor for the first time in the Bryce Jordan Center, Frazier will clean out his locker one last time as he moves on in life.
"I came in and I was a 145 pound freshman from Houston just traveling to the East Coast for the first time and I kind of just packed my bags and was away from my family," Frazier said. "I think my main goal was to try to progress each year, try to get better each year and try to ask as many questions. I felt like I've done that, but never once did I think that I would just have such an impact that I have had."
"That was my goal was to try to be able to leave a legacy, not just as a basketball player but just overall in the community and overall as a friend, as a great person, as a good guy that they can come to no matter what. That was one of my main goals was to try to be the best person I can be in college for Penn State and for other universities as well, traveling on the road and just trying to be an overall good guy that takes care of his business on and off the court."
Frazier has exhausted his NCAA eligibility but that doesn't mean he wouldn't continue his career at Penn State if he could.
"I'm happy to start this new journey, but at the same time, if I had another year at Penn State I would take it in a heartbeat."