Keith Frazier Player Profile
Position: Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Size: 6-5, 190
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
High School: As a senior at Justin F. Kimball High School, Frazier averaged 23.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.3 assists, earning the Dallas Morning News’ Area Player of the Year and a McDonald’s All-American nod.
Before Larry Brown arrived on campus, Keith Frazier was the kind of recruit SMU could only dream of landing. Ranked 35th nationally on Scout.com’s big board, Frazier held offers from the likes of Arizona, Texas, Florida, UConn, Auburn and Memphis, before ultimately picking the Mustangs over Texas A&M and Texas Tech. Frazier took his time making his decision, signing in the late period and even pushing his decision date back at one point. The five-star prospect took official visits to Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and SMU. While SMU’s close proximity to his home played a big role, Frazier said playing for Hall of Famer Larry Brown was something he couldn’t pass up on.
Because Frazier was only eligible for the first 17 games, there’s a smaller sample size, but the Dallas native played well during the first half of the season. The former McDonald’s All-American averaged 10.5 points per game while shooting 44 percent from the field and 33 percent from behind the arc; all improvements from his freshman campaign. Frazier had a career high 20 points against UCSB, and scored double digits nine times in his 17 games, compared to just four double digit nights during his entire freshman season (37 games). While starting, the Kimball product was improving his shot selection and looking more comfortable in his role before being ruled academically ineligible for the second half of the season. The Mustangs adjusted, but SMU missed Frazier’s presence on the perimeter during AAC play and into post-season play.
Outlook in 2015
Academically eligible now, Frazier enters his junior season looking to build off of his shortened sophomore campaign. SMU fans should have plenty of opportunities to shower Frazier with “Keeiittthhh” chants this season thanks to his ability to score. Even coming out of high school, Frazier was known as a shooter who could knock almost any shot down from anywhere on the court, and now as an upperclassman, the shooting guard’s confidence should be at an all-time high. Frazier plays his best basketball when he’s playing confidently.
Frazier, who should find himself back in the starting lineup, immediately strengthens the Mustangs’ perimeter shooting and gives Nic Moore another option to look for when the AAC Player of the Year is looking to distribute the ball. If he can remain eligible and keep his confidence at a high level, Frazier should have no problem picking up where he left off in 2014. Brown will likely throw Frazier right into the thick of things from the start, which will force him to step up and play to his best ability from the start. If the Dallas native starts to press, you could see freshman Shake Milton steal some minutes, but I expect Frazier to take his game to the next level this season.