The road to a professional basketball career is paved with many things; luck, skill, hard work, and execution all some of the most common elements pasted together during a player's career and journey to the pros.
In many respects a player's chances of making the NBA are out of his hands. The only thing is a player's control is their play on the court when put in front those who will make that final decision.
So for the likes of former Nittany Lion Tim Frazier, this past weekend at the Portsmouth Invitational was a chance to show scouts and coaches what he can control; his talent and skill against some of the top college basketball seniors in the nation.
Frazier didn't disappoint during his three games of play either, averaging 8.66 points per game while dishing out 6.3 assists and hauling down 6.3 rebounds per game as well. The scoring mark may be well below his average while at Penn State (14.9ppg), but the Nittany Lion assist leader is truly in his element when he is distributing the ball and letting the points come to him when they may. Frazier has never been a pure scorer, and playing on a team where it isn't demanded of him leads to in many ways a much more impressive box score.
While in Portsmouth, Virginia, Frazier played on the Norfolk Sports Club team along side fellow Big Ten representative Drew Crawford of Northwestern. Frazier logged 23 minutes in the first game while scoring five points, pulling down nine rebounds and dishing out six assists in a 71-65 win.
Frazier's comfort level with his team grew by the second game where he saw his minutes increase to 27 while going a perfect 3-for-3 from the field for seven points, four rebounds, and seven assists along with two steals in a 88-76 victory. More importantly Frazier saw his turnovers decrease to only four total on his way to the tournament title game.
In the final, Frazier played a game most like his time at Penn State, hitting the floor for 35 minutes while going 5-of-7 from the floor for 12 points. Frazier also dished out six assists and pulled down six rebounds while turning the ball over only twice all game. Norfolk would lose the contest 75-73 at the buzzer, but the game capped off a solid weekend performance by Frazier that saw him shoot 69 percent from the floor while racking up near double-double figures in assists and rebounds per game.
In addition to playing, Frazier and the other participants at the tournament took part in a few simple physical tests. Frazier excelled in all physical areas, unsurprising to anyone who has seen him play for any period of time.
Officially, Frazier measured in at 5-feet-11.75 inches without his shoes and 162 pounds. He posted the best score of the event in an agility test at 10.73 seconds (last place was 13.56 and only four players went sub 11 seconds.) and had the fourth best spring time of 3.24 seconds. Frazier's no step vertical was measured at 33 inches, only 1.5 inches from the best at the event and his no step vertical reach was 10'8", just less than a foot behind the best score posted, but firmly in the middle of the pack.
As DraftExpress.com noted:
"(Kendrick) Perry and Penn State's Tim Frazier were arguably the top two athletes at the 2014 PIT, finishing well above average in each of the three tests administered."
Ultimately there is little doubt Frazier will play professionally before his career is over. Where he plays remains to be seen, but Frazier can walk out of this past weekend knowing that in the areas he can control, he gave scouts and coaches a good taste of what Tim Frazier is capable of doing.
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