Chester Frazier is a 6-foot-2 guard from Notre Dame Prep in Massachusetts who is currently enrolled at the University of Illinois taking classes and playing summer pick-up ball. Last night I had the chance to talk with Frazier and ask him what kind of team he thinks the Illini will have this year.
"Right now I'm just taking classes and that's going really well for me, and three nights a week we play together as a team," said Frazier. Illinois has lost a lot of scoring from last year's team, with Luther Head, Deron Williams, Roger Powell and Jack Ingram all leaving, but according to Frazier, next year's team will "surprise" again. "We will once again be a very athletic team, one that can get up-and-down the floor."
Frazier feels that all the players have their good days and some not-so-good days, it just becomes a defensive effort when the shots aren't falling. One player that has caught the eye for Frazier is junior to be Rich McBride. "Rich has lost a ton of weight and he's running better and shooting the ball really well in games," added Frazier.
Next year, the Big Ten favorites in no order might possibly be: Iowa, Indiana, and OSU, but Frazier feels that next year's group will surprise a lot of people. Chances are they will not follow last year's 37-2 record, but they will be a team to contend with, as in the past.