Jason Fraser profile
11/16: Fraser called the Carolina coaching staff last night to deliver the news that he will no longer be considering the Tar Heels. Stay tuned to IC for more later today ...
11/12: "Those who know me know that if I'm not interested, I'll say it," Fraser said on Sunday after returning from his official visit to St. John's. "We have Monday off from school and I haven't had a weekend to just hang out in six weeks. Do you think I'm going to go somewhere that I don't like and I'm not considering?" (Jason Fraser update)
11/6: "I didn't get a chance to see that much of the campus, but I saw what I wanted to see," Fraser said. "I got a good feel for the players and the coaches." (Fraser returns from Louisville)
10/29: "I really liked it because it was so different from the others," Fraser said of his official visit last weekend to Villanova. "It was much more natural and wasn't planned. I had the same plans as everyone else – no special plans." (Fraser: 'Nova leads after weekend visit)
10/25: "I'm still considering them (North Carolina)," he added. "I can't not consider them because of my mother alone – even if I wanted to. She mentions them every day, at least three times a day." (Jason Fraser update)
10/16: Check out two good highlight clips of Fraser at the ABCD Camp this summer -- Fraser video!
10/16: "Truthfully, North Carolina is the best school for me to go to if I want to win, meet great people and make connections," said the 6-10 Amityville (N.Y.) center. "It's a no-brainer. But I'm a different kid ..." (The State of Jason Fraser)
9/24: Check out our Jason Fraser Photo Gallery from the Weber Invitational.
9/23: We ran a lengthy feature on Fraser from the Weber Invitational in College Park, as he provided an update on his recruitment and talked about his recent in-home with Doherty (IC catches up with Jason Fraser).
9/19: Matt Doherty is headed up the East Coast today, as he is expected to conduct an in-home visit with Fraser tomorrow night. Last week's events in NYC have rattled Fraser and his recruitment, but the visit is scheduled to take place and we'll let you know if it indeed does.
9/18: The NYC tragedy altered Fraser's plans, as the UNC staff was unable to conduct the scheduled in-home last week and Fraser didn't make the official visit to St. John's last weekend. New dates for these visits have not yet been determined.
Fraser has eliminated Syracuse from his list and is now down to St. John's, North Carolina, Villanova and Connecticut.
Despite an Internet report that suggests otherwise, Fraser's official visit to Carolina in October is still on, as of today.
8/31: Fraser has moved his official visit to Carolina to the weekend of Oct. 13, which will include Midnight with Matt festivities. Recruit Shavlik Randolph, and committed recruit Raymond Felton, will also be in attendance. Here is Fraser's updated visit schedule ...
In-Home Visits - Syracuse (9/11), UNC (9/13), St. John's (9/14), UConn (TBA), Villanova (TBA)
Official Visits - UConn (8/25), Syracuse (9/11), St. John's (9/15), UNC (10/13), Villanova (TBA)
8/29: "Quite honestly, I do feel a strong [local] pull, but it it kind of works both ways to tell the truth," Fraser told IC's Recruiting Analyst Clint Jackson yesterday. "I feel just as much pressure to play for North Carolina as well because there are so many Tar Heel fans in the area" ... IC checks in with Jason Fraser.
8/27: Fraser enjoyed his visit to UConn last weekend, according to SchoolSports. (link).
8/16: IC's Recruiting Insider Zeke Martins reports that Fraser is looking into the possibility of taking an official visit to Chapel Hill the weekend of the ECU football game, Oct. 5-7.
8/14: The Tar Heels are still being actively considered, as his head coach told IC on Monday ... Carolina still very much alive for Fraser.
"He's a young Patrick Ewing," one high level head coach from the South told Mike Sullivan. "He is a great defensive player who ambushes you if you try to score on him." (link)
8/8: Fraser told Mike Sullivan that he plans on taking some official, and perhaps some unofficial, visits before making a decision. (link)
7/30: Fraser's Long Island Panthers won the 344-team Big Time tournament in Las Vegas yesterday, beating the Tim Thomas Playaz, 84-73. Fraser was named Most Outstanding Player. He posted 27 points and 22 rebounds in the semifinals against Baltimore Select. Check out some raves about his performances.
7/29: PrepStars' Rob Harrington spoke with Fraser while at the Big Time event in Las Vegas yesterday.
"[St. John's has] come on strong, but they're one of my three leaders, not my only one," Fraser said, with UNC and Villanova being the other two -- and a decision expected within the next 4-6 weeks. "If I knew where I wanted to go, then I would've committed already.
"Matt Doherty has really recruited me hard and gotten me interested in the program. I didn't start watching college basketball until last year, so the fact that they were recruiting me didn't mean as much to me as it does to a lot of other people. It's Coach Doherty who has gotten my attention."
7/12: Fraser averaged 9.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.6 blocks at the ABCD Camp. He was named to the All-Star game, in which he posted 12 points and 11 rebounds.
"No, he doesn't have much offensive polish. And, no, he doesn't have any type of game away from the basket. Significant negatives, but Fraser's overall worth evident throughout the week. He always plays hard and always grabs tough rebounds in traffic and always blocks shots – big assets for a big man in the small-ball era of college hoops. His competitive drive also was among the most fierce in the camp." -- PrepStars.com
7/9: Fraser is developing an offensive game, though he at times he can appear awkward with odd-looking turnarounds and forced shots against stellar defenders. He has a nice shooting touch and can hit an uncontested face-up jumpter out beyond the three-point line. By stretching his game out to the perimeter, Fraser is becoming a more versatile frontcourt talent ... ABCD: Jason Fraser
6/26: A recent visit to Villanova has helped vault the Wildcats into a tie with UNC, Fraser told SchoolSports. "I wouldn't say Carolina got worse, but I'm starting to like Villanova a lot," he said. (link)
6/21: ACC Today has a Mumau story up on Fraser. The article says Fraser will be qualified - he's got the board score and the GPA appears to be more than adequate."Jason is a great passer," Amityville coach Jack Agostino told ACC Today. "He posts up high and hits cutters for layups, but he also finds cutters out of the low post ...
"He can really get up and down the floor and he has a great vertical leap. He finished first in the county in the high jump. He is real strong and bench presses 215 pounds.
"People don't watch him a lot. They know he blocks shots and is a tremendous rebounder, and they haven't noticed how good he is on offense. But they are starting to notice ... Jason is spending a lot of time working on shooting and handling the ball." (link)
6/19: "A couple of the blocks were very impressive, borderline spectacular. On one he seemed to come out of nowhere to swat a jump shot on the baseline, and on the other he spiked an attempted fast break lay up. Fraser showed me something in this game I had not seen before. He is much stronger than I imagined. He has a thin frame that does not look powerful but in this game he used brute force to back his man down on the block." (Rumble in the Bronx Report)
6/14: Mike Sullivan reported that Fraser will consider entering the NBA Draft next year: "Very close sources to Fraser told us today that he has legitimate interest in the NBA if his game continues to progress in his senior year." But Fraser refuted the report in an interview with SchoolSports: "You can just forget about it. That's something that my friends have joked about, but I want to go to college and prove myself for at least a year or two." In response, Mike Sullivan explains the misunderstanding.
6/13: SchoolSports has a general update on Fraser today, concurring with the previous update below (6/11) that Carolina has a slight edge over three schools. Fraser comments on his brief campus visit to Chapel Hill two weeks ago.
"I didn't get enough time to check it out," Fraser told SchooSports. "We were going back and forth to and from the hotel. I didn't see that much, but from what I've seen, it was very impressive. The fans are great and really make you feel at home." (link)
6/11: "North Carolina leads St. John's by a nose," Panthers head coach Gary Charles told Mike Sullivan. "And Villanova and Connecticut are coming on very strong to make it a four horse race." (link)
"If someone comes inside and is laying in the ball it's liking walking into your house without ringing the doorbell," Fraser told Dave Telep. "That's my pride and joy." (link)
5/30:Fraser performed well at the Tournament of Champions, earning All Tournament Team honors. He isn't the most potent offensive player, doesn't have a wealth of post moves, needs to work on his touch from short range ... but none of that matters. Why? Because he's an absolute beast in the paint. He'll swat anything that comes his way, and off a missed shot, he'll use his long arms to grab the rebound, keep the ball high, and fire it upcourt to start the fast break. Typical stats from the weekend were 11 points, 11 rebounds on Saturday morning and 8 points and 8 rebounds later that day -- rarely his team's first offensive option. And, those who watch him can't help but notice that Fraser's always animated and always active. Reports that he was playing with a strained back suggest he's even capable of better performances.
"Thin post presence that knows his role. Fraser understands the game beautifully. He moves his feet well on defense and is one of the fastest post players in the country. He plays defense like it was meant to be played -- hard and smart. Roams paint for blocked shots and whips quick and efficient outlet passes like he's a robot programmed to do so. Not much of an offensive threat, but will get some garbage buckets and transition dunks. He plays hard and has great stamina." -- Clint Jackson (ACCToday)
"Fraser excels in two areas and plays to his strengths. He's not a good shot blocker; he's a great shot blocker. He's also one of the top rebounders when stacked up against his peers. The hustle is unceasing and that's very impressive. Still working on his offensive game down low, but he's ready to come in and contribute in other areas. He's also a better than average post passer who simply makes plays, kind of like GT's Alvin Jones; not as tall but a better athlete. " -- Dave Telep (BlueChipHoops)
"The 6-9 C/BF from Amityville (NY) High did this weekend what he always does: He rebounded like a demon, he blocked shots like practically nobody else in this class, and he showed few back-to-the-basket scoring moves on the blocks. .... But what else is not to like? .... Amare Stoudemire is the best shot-blocker in the Class of 2002. But pound-for-pound, inch-for-inch, Fraser wears that crown. He uses those long arms -- not to mention his instincts and athleticism -- to go up and swat stuff all over the place. .... Not sure what else to say. Fraser continues to do this consistently." -- Michael Kruse (Prep Stars)
5/21: "A year ago Jason Fraser was an unknown who lacked self-assurance. Now he has a scholarship offer on the table from North Carolina and is oozing with confidence ..." -- Jason Fraser Feature
5/12: Mike Sullivan of the Insiders Report, which will return to the 'net on Monday, provided us with the following update on Fraser.
"I interviewed Jason Fraser and his coach Jack Agostino at Amityville HS yesterday. Fraser said he is going to make a decision in the late summer after his visits. He also said he and Curtis Sumpter have the same lists. He likes UNC because of their great tradition, the energy of Matt Doherty, and the great track record of the UNC big men in the NBA. In my opinion, it looks like a battle between UNC, St. John's, and Villanova (though he has about five more schools on his list)."
5/9: Here's PrepStars.com's Michael Kruse's scouting report on Fraser from last weekend:
"Chalk this much down for the long-armed Fraser: He will block shots -- a lot of 'em -- and he will board the ball on both ends. ... Struggled offensively this weekend. He's not exactly Mr. Automatic when he gets the ball on the blocks. ... Never really got on track this weekend with his jumper outside of eight or so feet. ... But did hit a few 16-foot trail jumpers from the foul-line area. ... Turned the ball over too many times on outlet passes. ... But continues to do the dirty work. ... Drew charges on three straight possessions at one point Sunday. ... An extremely valuable overall presence in the paint -- even if the offensive arsenal could use some tweaking.
5/7: UNCbasketball.com correspondent Jason Schultz compiled a report on Fraser's performance at the Howard Pulley Invitational last weekend. Check out analysis, some key quotes on his desire to go to college with Curtis Sumpter, and even some video clips: Report: Jason Fraser at the Howard Pulley Invitational
5/4: Top recruits often talk about going to college with friends and teammates, but package deals are not all that frequent in recruiting. However, Fraser told Schoolsports.com that he fully intends to enroll at the same college as AAU teammate Curtis Sumpter, a junior forward whom the UNC staff is actively recruiting.
"The reason why I can't make a decision right away is because I'm planning on going wherever Curtis goes," Fraser said. (School Sports story)
Sumpter and Fraser, who both play for the Long Island Panthers, will be visiting UNC during Memorial Day Weekend. Pooling their school lists, they have five schools in common: Villanova, Illinois, Maryland, St. John's and North Carolina
5/3: According to the Insiders Report, Fraser intends to visit the Chapel Hill campus while in town for the Memorial Day Weekend Tournament of Champions.
4/27: Junior year stats - 21 points, 15 rebounds, 8 blocks and 6 assists (62% FG, 78% FT).
4/25: Fraser has been unsurprisingly named to the Newsday All-Long Island First Team.
"Fraser just may be the most intimidating player in the state. Not only do opposing offenses stall because they just can't seem to get the ball past the athletic Fraser -- the last and biggest line of defense -- but he is nearly unstoppable in the low post.
"The three-year starter led Amityville to Glens Falls for the second straight season, where the Warriors won the state Federation Class B title.
"In Glens Falls, Fraser was nothing short of fantastic. First he earned tournament MVP for his 20-point, 22-rebound effort in Amityville's 87-70 win over Williamsville East (Section VI) in the state public schools Class B final. Then he had 15 points and 14 rebounds in a 91-73 victory over Banneker (Brooklyn) for the Federation title the following weekend."
His current list: "Maryland, Illinois, North Carolina, St. John's, Connecticut and Villanova."
Prep Stars' Michael Kruse wrote the following scouting report on Fraser's weekend performance: "A super talent who also does the little things and the dirty work. (Took a bunch of charges in Richmond.) LONG and muscular arms -- not to mention smarts and instincts -- enable him to change the face of a game with shot blocks. And his blocks often do what blocks are supposed to do -- they (1) prevent a score and (2) start a break. Also an offensive threat when he actually gets his touches on the blocks. But he'll get his own regardless: He attacks the backboard for more than his fair share of putbacks on the offensive glass. A terrific athlete in more than just a run-and-jump sort of way. A high-major producer with a high-major future."
4/6: Clint Jackson, of High Major Hoops newsletter fame, informs us that Fraser has been offered a scholarship by the UNC staff. Fraser was quoted in February by the Insiders Report: "It's tempting to commit to them. How many get a chance like that?"
3/29: Fraser told AEHoops that North Carolina, St. John's, and Seton Hall hold a "slim" lead over Georgetown, Maryland, and Illinois.
3/25: Fraser concluded his junior season with three impressive performances, as Amityville captured the state title:
Amityville earned a trip to the state semifinals with an 88-70 win over Williamsville East HS on Monday behind Fraser's 20 points, 22 rebounds and 5 blocks.
Fraser then posted 31 points, 20 rebounds and 9 blocks in in the school's double OT win against Buffalo-Timon HS, 80-78, on Friday evening.
He had 15 points, 14 rebounds, 7 blocks and 5 assists last night, as Amityville won the state championship by beating Banneker HS 91-73.
3/21: Only two days after the Tar Heel season ended, Coach Doherty was in New York watching Fraser work out, says a story by Insiders Report Premium.
"UNC has been all over Fraser for the past two months and they have made it clear to him that they want him on their roster in two seasons," writes IR.
2/16: According to the Insiders Report, UNC coaches were on hand to watch Fraser last night. "I realize that North Carolina has come here to see me play," Fraser told IR. "It's tempting to commit to them. How many get a chance like that?" (link)
1/31: Fraser recorded his eighth triple-double of the season, totaling 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 blocks in a win over Sayville.
1/19: "He's an explosive leaper with long arms and good timing, allowing him to domimate games defensively," says the All Star Report. "He works hard on the glass at both ends. . . . St. Johns, Seton Hall, North Carolina, Illinois, Villanova and Georgia Tech have shown the most interest thus far."
1/14: We asked Russ Blake of the Insiders Report his thoughts on Fraser: "He is a tremendous defensive player; a very long, thin body. His offense is still coming along but he has the ability and demeanor to be a potentially great player on the college level."
1/11: Yet another triple-double for Fraser (18 pts, 14 rbs, 12 blks) in a 65-47 victory over Half Hallow Hills West HS.
12/23: In the championship game of the Fred Williams Memorial Tournament, Fraser posted his third consecutive triple double (14 pts, 11 boards, 10 blocks) to lead his team o a 74-63 victory over state power Hempstead HS.
12/2: In his second game of the year against Bayshore HS, Fraser had 21 pts, 12 boards, and 11 blocks. His 11 blocks makes him the all-time leading shot blocker in school history with 303.
11/9: Eric, our NY correspondent, reports Fraser received five letters from UNC in one week.
9/27: St. John's head coach Mike Jarvis was spotted at many of Fraser's AAU games this fall.
9/1: Awarded "Most Outstanding Player" honors at the prestigious Five-Star Honesdale Camp.
7/10: Fraser made a name for himself at the ABCD Camp, leading the camp in blocks with 3.8 per game.
Led Amityville to the state title his sophomore season, averaging 14 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 blocks.