Keith Frazier Player Profile
Position: Shooting Guard
Size: 6-5, 190 pounds
High School: Kimball HS (Tex.) Played for coach Royce Johnson and was named a McDonald's All-American after averaging 23.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.3 assists as a senior.
Recruitment: Frazier picked SMU over offers from Texas Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Arizona. The All-State guard, rated as high as No. 18 nationally, was also named Dallas Morning News Area Player of the Year.
Keith Frazier was welcomed to SMU with chants of "Keitttthhhh" in Moody Coliseum, but that was more out of affection for how Frazier embraced the students. Frazier came with a lot of hype and had an up-and-down freshman year. His minutes fluctuated, but Frazier averaged 5.4 points, 1.8 rebounds in about 14.8 minutes per game. Frazier was a solid three-point option for the Mustangs, but because of his defense, was not heavily relied on. Larry Brown called "splash plays" for Frazier like alley-oops and set him up for success with corner three-point opportunities when he was in the game.
Frazier's development culminated in a double-figure night and playing solid defense in 20 minutes against LSU in the second round of the NIT. In SMU's home opener win against Connecticut, Frazier had 7-of-9 points in a two minute stretch in the second half that helped SMU to a 15-6 run. SMU needs Frazier to step up his energy and defense as the Mustangs will look for someone to fill the void left by Nick Russell's departure at the 2.
Outlook in 2014
In almost as many away from home games (17) as home games (19), Frazier had about half as many points, 69, as points in Moody (126). Frazier's shooting percentage in losses was .389 vs. .414 in wins. SMU didn't rely on Keith for its scoring last year, but Frazier and the rest of the team has to step up on the road.
If Frazier's going to be a starter, which is unknown at this point, he's going to need to be a complete player. Defensively, you could tell Frazier started to buy in at the end of the year. If Frazier gets into the starting lineup, it could be the confidence boost he needs to take his game to the next level. Keep in mind that whoever starts at the 2 will be in a group that will rotate in. Frazier will still be relied on to hit a big three or make a play for the Mustangs, but where SMU needs him the most is to step up his defense and ball-handling.