9 Players, 9 Days: Laron Frazier

NOTE: The third in a nine-part series on each of the Ball State men's basketball players, exclusively on ballstatesports.com through Nov. 9.

MUNCIE, Ind. --Although many fans of the Ball State Cardinals look upon this upcoming basketball season as a rebuilding year, it is not seen that way through the eyes of junior guard Laron Frazier.

The six-foot, 170-pound transfer out of Highland Community College and graduate of Waukegan High School has been part of winning programs throughout his career, and believes there is no reason why this Ball State team won't compete for a Mid-American Conference Championship.

"Hard work has helped me make it here to the level I've dreamed of playing at," Frazier said. "Hard work on every possession, on both sides of the ball will help us come out on top."

Frazier's talent and knowledge of the game came progressively with the help and motivation of his family.

Off the court his mother, Yolanda, and father, Andrew, stressed the importance of education. On the court, his father and cousin Kelvin pushed his abilities to compete with the best.

"I want to improve on defense and have more steals, scoring will come later," Frazier said about his transition to Division I basketball. "I love to score, but setting my teammates up to score is just as important. I want to help out however possible to win."

Along with his stats, Frazier's leadership has continued to develop. He comes to Ball State with an attitude not found in many players entering their first year of Division I basketball.

"You need to lead by example, learn from mistakes and listen to the instructions from coach."

Not a bad idea considering he's playing next to senior guard Peyton Stovall.

"Laron is a leader and we have a lot in common," Stovall said about his fellow teammate. "He's a good shooter and he sets us up for shots. He has brought plenty of leadership to our team so far."

This junior transfer has also brought quite a resume to Ball State after posting a 112-50 record, averaging 22 points per game, leading his team to three regional championships and two sectional titles. All the while shooting his way into the record books by scoring 1,618 points to earn himself the honor of being the all-time leading scorer at Waukegan High School.

To add to his stats, while attending Highland Community College in Freeport, Illinois, Frazier averaged 14 points per game, shot 52 percent from the field, 75 percent from the free throw line and led his team in assists.

With Frazier's combination of potential stats and leadership, along with the desire he says his team has, it's easy to understand why the newcomer is excited to get the season started.

One thing is for sure, when the season begins Nov. 9 against Butler, Frazier will continue to repeat to himself what he has stressed he wants most out of this season.v

"I want to win."

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