Early Interest Blossoms for Frayer
BERKELEY -- Hayward (Calif.) Moreau Catholic shooting guard Oscar Frayer was all set to be one of the gems of California's two-day team camp, but in his second game on Friday, he came down awkwardly on his ankle, and decided to rest up for his next big challenge: the Peach Jam.
But, it was far from a lost weekend for the 6-foot-6, 175-pound 2016 prospect, who, after a stellar first game on the floor of Haas Pavilion, spoke with the Golden Bears coaching staff.
"I've gotten a lot of mail from Arizona. Marquette has sent me some mail, and Utah," said Frayer. "When I talked with the Cal coaches, the said that they were interested in me, and that they want to keep on seeing me work hard."
Head coach Mike Montgomery, on Saturday, joshed with the track-suit-clad Frayer between games, laughing, "See, it's because you jump so darn high that you turn your ankle. I've never turned an ankle in my life," drawing congenial chuckles from Frayer.
Before he turned his ankle, though, Frayer was beginning to turn the engine over, and started becoming more of an effective weapon in transition, as well as on the defensive boards after a cold start shooting the ball.
"I was so mad," Frayer said. "I wanted to play afterwards, but my coach didn't want me to hurt it worse."
While it's still very early for Frayer -- and much of the underclass-dominated Moreau Catholic team -- to even begin thinking about what they want in a school (including incoming freshman Demarri Milstead), Frayer does at least have a bit of a notion.
"Maybe Kentucky -- I like the way they coach -- Utah, and Cal, definitely," said Frayer, who added that being close to home makes a big difference.
The fact that the Bears coaching staff has already made an impression – in person – also plays big.
"It was actually really big for me," Frayer said. "It's a big stepping stone for me, just because I'm class of 2016. I'm beating the odds, sorta kinda."
Once he gets healthy from this weekend's minor setback, he has a long list of things to work on over the summer.
"Everyone can get better at something," Frayer said. "I just want to work on my game overall. I'm going to work my hardest to do whatever my coach asks me to do."
Frayer plays mainly power forward given his relative size, but projects out as more of a small forward.
As a freshman last season, Frayer averaged 12.9 points per game, shooting 46% from the floor and 27% from three-point range. He pulled down 7.9 boards, dished out 1.8 assists and swiped a team-high 2.7 steals per game. He also tallied a staggering 107 blocked shots, averaging 4.0 per game, while deflecting 73 shots.
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