One of the last 5-star prospects from the Class of 2013 still uncommitted less than a month from the start of the spring signing period, Dallas (TX) guard Keith Frazier and his AAU coach are ready to hit the homestretch in his recruiting process after the 6-foot-5, 190-pound led his Kimball High School team to the state finals this weekend in Austin.
"Keith and I agreed we were going to put a moratorium on recruiting while he was still in the state playoffs, so we're just now getting back into it," AAU mentor Ervin Davis said. "He has two more visits left, and last we talked, he wanted to go visit Texas A&M. He's known their staff and players for a long time and he's good friends with J'Mychal Reese on the team. Plus, Elston Turner is graduating and Keith can step in and take over that scoring role."
Davis said he's not sure if Frazier will take a fifth visit, but that Auburn is a possible destination if he goes on that last visit.
"For now he's focused on SMU, Texas Tech, and Texas A&M," Davis said. "If he feels that he needs to see another school after the A&M visit, then he might go to Auburn but I think he wants to stay close to home."
A consensus national Top 30 prospect in the 2013 class, Frazier is considered a deadly outside shooter with NBA 3-point range but he can also handle the ball and create off the dribble which is why he's highly coveted and highly ranked. Davis indicated that Frazier's game matured further during his senior season.
"Keith hates to lose and he realized that he could help his team more by finding the open man and not shooting every time," Davis said. "He became a leader on the court, and he really focused more on his defense than he did in the past. Now, he takes full responsibility to shut down his man."
As a result, Frazier helped lead Dallas Kimball to the UIL state tournament in Austin where they finished second in the Class 4A division last week. Now he's back focused on his recruitment and he's laid out his plan to get to a final decision.
"We plan to visit A&M from March 22 to 24," Davis said. "Then we'll announce a decision on March 28."
The University of Texas is not on his final list despite taking an official visit to Austin earlier in the year. While Frazier enjoyed his visit and respects the Longhorn program, he ultimately didn't see the university as a good fit.
"Keith enjoyed his visit to Texas. It's a great program and everything there is first class," Davis said. "But in the end, it's all about how the kid feels when he's there and he didn't have that same comfort level there as he did the other visits."
Davis also discussed the visit experience at both SMU and Texas Tech.
"SMU has a beautiful campus and it's right there in Keith's backyard. Plus, Larry Brown is a coaching legend," Davis said. "Actually, Texas Tech did the best job of any school so far on the visit. They rolled out the red carpet and truly were excited to have Keith on-campus. But with their coaching situation up in the air, they had more ground to make up than the others."
If Texas Tech decides to take off the interim label on head coach Chris Walker, Tech's chances to land the elite guard could go up. With SMU being so close to home, many pundits and analysts have projected for weeks that the Mustangs are the team to beat which is something that Davis refutes.
"I don't know what Keith will do. He's open right now. SMU has a lot going for it, but we have questions about the break-up of the Big East," Davis said. "Nobody has told us what will happen. They don't even know the name of their conference yet. Keith has always wanted to compete in a big-time basketball conference."
Davis elaborated on the three primary finalists.
"All three schools have question marks and issues, but Keith is the kind of player that can raise the play of his teammates around him so the won-loss record isn't the most important thing," Davis said. "Keith wants to go where he feels most comfortable both with the coaches and players, but also with the campus and surrounding community."
While Frazier's destination may still be an unknown, what Texas Tech, SMU, and Texas A&M do know is that the next two weeks could have a significant impact on the future of their respective programs.
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