TOC: Bobby Frasor Spotlight

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- It took just a single game last month for Roy Williams to offer a scholarship to Bobby Frasor, and on Friday night Tar Heel fans lined the walls of the practice court at the Dean E. Smith Center to see for themselves.<br> <b><center><a href=>Photo Gallery</a></center></b>

Frasor scored 23 points (8-14 FG, 4-8 3pt, 3-6 FT) and grabbed four steals in leading the Ilinois Wolves to a 59-52 win over the Arizona Magic in their opening game at the Tournament of Champions.

On offense, all of Frasor's baskets came on either three-pointers – displaying a feathery soft touch and picture-perfect release – or on drives to the basket. In running the point for the Wolves, he stressed pushing the ball up court, which led to a pull-up three and driving lay-ups for him. Without the ball he was constantly moving, which paid dividends when a sharp backdoor cut left him open cutting to the hoop for an easy lay-in.

While usually playing off the ball for his AAU team, Frasor assumed the role of point guard and although he only registered two assists, that number would have been significantly higher had his teammates not been the victim of about a dozen blocked shots. And he even showed some flash with a behind-the-back assist on a fast break.

"I'm comfortable at both positions," Frasor said. "I like to shoot the ball, but I also like to distribute and be really unselfish. So I think that's an asset that I can play either."

Frasor said he likens his game to that of former Kansas guard Kirk Hinrich, who he now watches with his hometown Chicago Bulls.

"I really love watching Kirk," he said. "He can shoot it, handle it and he's athletic, too."

An aspect of Frasor's game that shined on Friday night – and has gotten little praise to date – is his defense. Quick hands and an impressive job cutting off passing lanes led to his four steals and he stunned onlookers with a strong first-half block on a taller opponent.

The 6-3 ("6-3 with shoes on and 6-2 without"), 185-pound guard made believers of the tightly-packed intimate crowd and afterwards discussed the state of his rapidly-developing recruitment.

Fraser, who will take an unofficial visit of UNC on Monday following the tournament, came to the Triangle this weekend with more than just his AAU team.

"My uncle, my grandpa, mom and dad, my brother-in-law and sister all came," he said. "Just my parents are going to be staying for the unofficial [visit], but the whole family wanted to come down and see North Carolina."

The Chicago native is looking forward to the opportunity to get an up-close look at the Chapel Hill campus, though he doesn't know what exactly is in store.

"I'm not sure [what's planned], I think I'm just meeting with academic advisers, have lunch with the coaches and then some other stuff later in the day," Frasor said. "I've only met Coach Williams once so I want to meet the other coaches, the players – get a good feeling for North Carolina. … Hanging out with the players on an official is something maybe I won't get while I'm here, but other than that I just want to meet with the coaches and the academic advisors."

Having already officially visited Marquette, Frasor took an official to Stanford last weekend, even though the new head coach Trent Johnson wasn't named until after Frasor had left the Palo Alto campus, though he said the coaching change won't affect his interest in the Cardinal.

"I talked to Coach Johnson a couple days ago and he seems like he's got the same type of principles and styles because he coached under [Mike] Montgomery," Frasor said. "He kept all the assistants, so that's a good thing. All the players were cool and down to earth. It's a real likeable place."

As to what stands out the most about Stanford? Frasor highlighted the academic angle, referring to "the opportunities after college if basketball doesn't work out."

Officially, Frasor's list of 12 schools have been trimmed to six.

"I'd say it's down to North Carolina, Stanford, Marquette, Michigan State, Kansas and Georgia Tech," Frasor said. "I've already seen Michigan State because they're close [to home]. The only ones I haven't seen are Georgia Tech and Kansas. Michigan State might [get an official visit] in June if I haven't decided by then because they're close."

But since there are no plans to visit Kansas or Georgia Tech, one can deduce that the list of six is really more like a list of four, and unless Michigan State gets a more serious visit next month, the list will stand at only three schools.

And as for a preference of playing style between the three schools?

"Marquette, they run more NBA sets with Coach [Tom] Crean," Frasor said. "Stanford, I really don't know Coach Johnson well, but he said he'd give more freedom than Coach Montgomery which is nice. At Carolina I really like the way they run, push the ball, score a lot of points in the open court."

Stanford and Marquette began recruiting him long before UNC got involved, but Frasor said adding the Roy Williams-led Tar Heels into the mix was a no-brainer.

"Definitely you've got to take Carolina into consideration," he said "The only reason the other [two] schools got official visits set up early was because they were in there before, so maybe that'd be different if Carolina was in there before."

In other words, UNC's late entry isn't going to adversely affect their chances to land the coveted combo guard.

"I'm going to sit down and talk to my family about the unofficial [at UNC] and maybe if I don't get enough out of it I'd take an official in the fall," Frasor said, noting that a decision might be on the immediate horizon.

"But right now I'm going to talk [with my family] about my opportunities, playing time, coaching staff, players, things like that. … It's be nice to get it off my back, but it's not overbearing where I can't wait until fall."

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