Frasor On The Mend

At Chicago (Ill.) Brother Rice, head coach Pat Richardson and his team is starting to adjust to playing without future Tar Heel Bobby Frasor. That doesn't mean that he has to like it, though, and after being without the services of the 6-3 point guard for four games due to a muscle strain in Frasor's back, Richardson is looking forward to getting his star back.

"There's no pain in his legs so it isn't nerves or his spine, it's just a strain," Richardson told InsideCarolina. "He practiced a little bit yesterday for the first time since it happened and he did some shooting drills and felt pretty good."

While Richardson would love to have Frasor return as soon as possible, he doesn't want him to rush back. Brother Rice plays tomorrow evening and there is a chance that Frasor could play in a limited role, but Richardson would rather have him back for an important Catholic League South tilt with Chicago (Ill.) Leo next Friday evening.

"We're kind of hoping that he's ready to go by next week [for the Leo game]," said Richardson. "He's really kind of day-to-day right now and we'll just have to see."

It isn't as if Frasor isn't in good hands. On top of treatment from the team doctor, Frasor has also been working with a trainer from the Chicago Bulls and his sister is a physical therapist.

While the loss of Frasor for an extended period of time means that Richardson and Brother Rice have lost their best ballhandler and leading scorer, it could be a blessing over the long run. Ballhandling issues aside, Brother Rice has fought its way to a 2-2 record in Frasor's absence that included a heartbreaking triple overtime loss in their first game without Frasor.

"There have been a couple of halves have been like one gigantic loose ball and we miss his handling and ability to lead the break," said Richardson. "It was important to get a couple of wins without him though. Our kids need to have confidence that they can win without him."

Rice is 10-4 and looking forward to the return of Frasor and his 21.5 points and 4.4 assists per game, but that doesn't mean he hasn't been helping while sidelined. As he's done for years, he still leads with his work ethic and does anything in his power to help out his teammates.

"You really take a lot for granted with Bobby because he's such a hard worker and such a good leader," finished Richardson. "He's been our starting point guard for three years now and I think we've taken a lot of things for granted that we'll miss when he's gone."

Related Links:
* Bobby Frasor -- Senior Season Schedule/Stats
* IC's Basketball Recruiting Board

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