ABCD: Bobby Frasor Spotlight

HACKENSACK, N.J. – Bobby Frasor was in a mid-summer slump. In late June, his shot wasn't falling, he felt out of his element in the all-star events and had lost some confidence in his abilities. On Thursday night at the ABCD Camp, Frasor put an end to the slump and returned to the skills that made him one of the spring's hottest recruits.

"It was just mental – I had some bad games and got down on myself," Frasor said. "I came here with a new attitude. I'm just going to play my game, take my shots, play aggressive defense, handle the ball, and be aggressive with it.

And that's what he did Thursday night. He attacked the basket, showed all-out hustle on defense and was assertive as the playmaker.

That's right, he was playing point guard. After critics spent the early summer questioning whether Frasor could excel offensively while playing the point, he did exactly that.

His stat line read – 14 pts, (6-9 FG, 1-1 3pt, 1-1 ft), 2 assists and 3 steals. (At a camp where the leading scorer is putting up 20.0 points/game by taking 18 shots per outing, to get 14 points while playing the point is a quality performance.)

"It's totally different out here," he said. "I feel great – just feel better getting my touches and looks. I'm just going out there, being selfless and when my shot's there I'm taking it."

Frasor (playing alongside AAU teammate Sean Odzic) didn't expect to have double-digit scoring outings here, considering how he's fared in the past in similar settings. After all, he's used to the team setting and that's where he's been the most successful.

"Playing with the AAU team is more fun because you know everybody around you and what they're going to do," he said. "I'm not a one-on-one type guy – I can do it, but I've been brought up playing team basketball just to win the game. I'm more into winning than showing off skills."

With such an approach to the game, combined with his skills, it's no wonder the scholarship offers came pouring in this spring. Now that he's committed to North Carolina, his Thursday night effort drew off-the-record jealous raves from college coaches in attendance.

Next up for Frasor will be a return to the favored AAU circuit with his Illinois Wolves (who are sure to make a run at the championship, especially since they've just added a fifth-year post player to help shore up the middle) and he's raring to head to the Las Vegas event.

"That's going to be so much fun getting back to playing with them," he said. "I can't wait."

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