Basketball Recruiting: Point Guard Commits

Oklahoma State basketball head coach Travis Ford has been hard at work on the recruiting front this offseason and it paid off in a big way Monday. The Cowboys received a verbal commitment from a playmaking point guard prospect from the junior college ranks, who said Monday evening he knew it was time for him to become a part of the Cowboy family.

Chad Frazier, 6-4, 185 pounds, will join the Cowboys front court next season. The talented point guard from Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Fla., was originally going to wait until mid-October to make his decision, but woke up morning and felt the time was right to let Ford know he wants to play in Stillwater.

"I was going to take my time but it just came to me and I made my decision today," Frazier said. "I just felt really comfortable with their coaching staff, and they have a good track record of having successful teams. I just feel like I could really fit in."

A big assist belongs to assistant coach Butch Pierre, who was the head man in Frazier's recruitment. Frazier said he and Pierre have been in close contact since Pierre first saw him work out at Gulf Coast last spring.

"We've had a great relationship since and I really got to know him," Frazier said of Pierre. "The relationship we developed was one of the main reasons why I decided to commit. We really had a strong bond."

In addition to Oklahoma State, Frazier also had scholarship offers from Washington State, Northern Arizona, Pittsburgh, Western Kentucky, UNC-Charlotte and Middle Tennessee. Frazier trimmed his college choices down to Oklahoma State (Aug. 31), Washington State (Sept. 20) and Northern Arizona (Aug.24), taking official visits to all three schools.

Frazier was in attendance for the Cowboys' 84-0 clobbering of Savannah State and said one thing stood out about that game that has been tattooed on his brain since.

"When I was there on my visit, we were at a tailgate and a bunch of fans came up to us and were asking for autographs," Frazier said. "It was great how everyone supports their sports programs and it showed me that they really care about the team."

Frazier will graduate in May and receive his AA degree. He plans on arriving to Stillwater this summer and has a message for Cowboys' hoops fans.

"I'm going to bring a winning attitude to the program," Frazier said. "I can't wait to get on campus and I can't wait to be a Cowboy."

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