Roundball: Bobby Frasor Spotlight

CHICAGO -- Last Friday Bobby Frasor's high school career came to an abrupt end when his Chicago (Ill.) Brother Rice squad fell to eventual Class AA State Champion Northbrook (Ill.) Glenbrook North in the state quarterfinals. Even though Frasor was disappointed to see his season come to an end sooner than he'd have liked, he's moved on to the postseason All-Star circuit.

Selected to both the McDonald's All-American game and the Reebok Roundball Classic, the 6-3 combo guard gets things started this week by competing in the Roundball game in his native Chicago. More than anything, the game has given Frasor a chance to get to know future teammate Danny Green.

"It's fun, we're rooming together too so we're really getting to know each other and each others' games and families," Frasor told Inside Carolina."It's a lot of fun playing with him and getting a feel for him. I know where he likes to shoot it and he's athletic, he can just play so it's been a great time."

The Roundball game doesn't only give Frasor a chance to play with Green, it's also another chance for him to test himself against the nation's best. Sure Frasor has been there and done that when it comes to the shoe circuit and he's no stranger to competition, but the All-Star experience and all that comes along with it in today's game is an entirely different experience.

"It's unbelievable -- they treat you kind of like a celebrity," said Frasor. "Just the level of competition here and all of the players it raises your game and it is a lot of fun to compete at this level."

A noted gym rat, Frasor is working to prepare for his freshman year at North Carolina. Ideally he'll be able to play both the point and shooting guard positions and he's using the Roundball experience to prepare himself for the future when he'll have to face smaller and quicker guards on a regular basis. One matchup Frasor has enjoyed is going head to head with Dallas (Texas) Lincoln star Byron Eaton. The 5-11 PG is a powerful and quick bull of a player who will be taking his game to Oklahoma State next year.

"Just playing against Byron, he's so quick and low to the ground with the ball," said Frasor. "Just being able to stop him it gives you confidence at times. These kids can play and to play with them kind of gives you a grading stick to compare where you are at."

Of course it is NCAA tournament time as well and Frasor has done his best to keep up with the Tar Heels. Between competing in the state tournament and regional television coverage it hasn't been as easy as he might have hoped to watch his future teammates.

"Actually they're never on out here because we're in Illinois," said Frasor of trying to watch the Heels on TV. "They always put on Illinois or Southern Illinois but I'm always watching the scores and the highlights and everything."

After being named All-League, All-State and leading Brother Rice to their deepest run ever in the state tournament, Frasor is pretty content with his career. He's looking forward to developing some momentum in the Roundball game Tuesday night and looks forward to taking that experience into the McDonald's game next week and ultimately into his career at UNC.

"A lot of these guys will be there (at McDonald's) too, so we're really making friends and getting to know each other. We're having a lot of fun."


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