Frazier Hoping To Secure Hoops Opportunity

New Orleans, La., Higgins senior basketball star Melvin Frazier (6-6, 200) was one of the stars Friday night at The Warmup AAU Tournament in Bentonville and is hoping a qualifying ACT score will lead to him taking the court for Arkansas, LSU, Oklahoma or Oklahoma State next season.

BENTONVILLE – New Orleans, La., Higgins senior prep star Melvin Frazier showed once again Friday while he has elite Division I talent, but acknowledged that right now he is on the outside looking in.

Frazier (6-6, 200) – a 2015 prospect – had 17 points via a variety of dunks, mid-range and 3-pointers in his team’s 63-57 loss to the Arkansas Wings in The Warmup AAU tournament’s 17-and-under showcase game.

“I am waiting on my ACT score to come in and that is why I am actually playing AAU right now,” Frazier said. “I want to keep my name out there and keep after it until I can get my score.”

Arkansas – which has an open scholarship since freshman Nick Babb is transferring - is among the teams who have shown interest.

“Arkansas, LSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State are the schools that have been recruiting me, but they are all just waiting to see what I get done on my test,” Frazier said. “Those are my four teams.”

Frazier watched Arkansas and former Louisiana prep standout Michael Qualls this past season as the Razorbacks went 27-9 and made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

“They had good run this season, looked good to me and the Arkansas coaches have stayed in contact with me,” Frazier said. “They gave me a lot of inspiration.”

Frazier averaged 17.3 points per game this season while leading his Hurricanes (22-12) to the Final Four of the Louisiana Class 5A Tournament.

“Our head coach was retiring (after 33 years) and we really gad a great run in the state tournament, but ended up losing in the Final Four after leaving it all out there on the floor for him,” Frazier said.

Frazier knows that he might have to go to a prep school or junior college if he doesn’t get the qualifying ACT score.

“I’m not even going to think about that right now,” Frazier said. “I am just going to take it again if I have to.”

Frazier was a part of the Arkansas Wings AAU squad last season and played alongside current Wings star Malik Monk, who had 25 points in Friday night’s game.

“It was personal for me so I had to come out here and play hard,” Frazier said. “That’s a good bunch of guys over there. We know each other and all just go out and ball.”





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