One of the keys to Penn State’s NIT Championship run was their ability to run the court and beat their man to the basket. Stanley Pringle was an important part of that offensive strategy and left large shoes to fill after his graduation. Going into the 2009-2010 season the only player on the team who appeared to have the speed to fill the role was incoming freshman Tim Frazier.
Fraizer has ridiculous speed, and is arguably the fastest basket to basket player in the Big Ten with a vertical to boot. Coming to Penn State Frazier looked like a player ready to make a instant impact. For the most part Frazier put together a very solid freshman non conference slate putting up an average of 8 points per game, including 3 games in the double digits with 19,18, and 11 points.
One of Frazier’s assests that doesn’t get recognized as much is his court vision. A lot of freshman come into the Big Ten and it takes them a while to slow down and get a good feel for the game. While Frazier is far from his potential his ability to see the open shooter and get them the ball is impressive and got to the point DeChellis had to tell him to stop trying to make the impossible pass. Maybe not the greatest thing to have happen, but it beats a having a young player who is afraid to make a pass and make a play
When it came to Big Ten play Frazier struggled as was to be expected. Generally he was used sparingly to give Battle a breather or two when he needed it, but for the most part Frazier was in and out of the game generally not contributing a lot of points, but giving Battle a chance to work off ball.
Frazier’s biggest downfall is his ball handling. While he has the ability to dip and dive his way through the paint he also seems to have the uncanny ability to turn the ball over at the most inopportune moments. He has looked very capable to running the offense while Battle rests on the bench but will be limited in his ability to contribute if he cannot keep his turnovers down. Frazier is one of the few players on the team with a very defined role, run the offense when Battle is needed off the ball, or is on the bench.