Keith Frazier to miss Saturday's game vs. ECU

Sources have told Pony Stampede for the last two weeks that SMU guard Keith Frazier will be ineligible this season. Here's an updated story on Frazier's eligibility.

2:30 p.m. Update

SMU guard Keith Frazier will miss Saturday's game against East Carolina to attend a funeral of a family member according to SMU head coach Larry Brown in a statement released through the university.

Brown did comment on a waiver submitted for Frazier's academic eligibility.

"As far as his eligibility status, we have filed an appeal with the NCAA regarding his academic eligibility, and we’re optimistic that we will have him back on the court soon," Brown said in a statement. "It’s important for people to know that the resources and support are in place for student-athletes to be successful, both athletically and academically, at SMU.”

Look for Sterling Brown and Ben Emelogu to get in the mix for the starting role at guard and Ben Moore as well, who worked on the perimeter prior to Markus Kennedy being ineligible for the first semester.

Original Story:

Sources have told Pony Stampede that SMU sophomore guard Keith Frazier will be academically ineligible this semester.

SMU would not confirm that Frazier is ineligible this morning when reached for comment.

Frazier has appealed to be allowed to play this upcoming semester the sources said, but the appeal is "unlikely" to be approved one source said.

SMU cited FERPA when responding to questions about an appeal process and would not confirm that an appeal has been submitted for Frazier.

Sources could not confirm whether Frazier intends to stay in school or turn pro, but said the opportunity is there for Frazier to stay in school.

The same sources reported that assistant coach Ulric Maligi had taken a leave of absence this weekend from SMU.

SMU signed Frazier in the 2013 signing class as a McDonald's All-American out of Dallas (Tex.) Kimball High School.

Frazier is averaging 10.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in his first year as a starter for the Mustangs.

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