You go all year with just one loss and know you have the talent and winning ways to go so very deep into the postseason. An uncharacteristic bad game suddenly hands you an unexpected second loss, and your season is over before you reached your goals. It stings, particularly knowing you should have beaten that team. Such is the feeling for Stanford players, coaches and fans this week, but I am talking about Chicagoland point guard Bobby Frasor, fresh off the end of his junior season at Brother Rice High School (26-2). The Crusaders won their regional, but lost 52-42 to Simeon High School two weeks ago in the sectional semifinal. Frasor shot 2-of-14 from the field, while the team shot a combined 29% in the game. He did stroke 8-of-8 from the free throw line and finished with 13 points, six boards and six assists.
"It was definitely great to win the regional, but we could have beaten [Simeon] if we had played our game," the Chicago standout point guard laments. "I handled the press well and took care of the ball, but you can't shoot 2-of-14. Just shows you I have to become a great shooter."
To that end, Frasor is up at 7am every morning now, taking 250 jumpers before school. Though the 6'3" floor general shot better than 40% from behind the three-point line this year, he is determined to make himself even better.
"I need to become a consistent shooter," he explains. "I want my teammates to know that I am automatic when I take a shot."
Frasor averaged 13 points, seven assists and six rebounds per game this year, and a number of college coaches are plenty excited about him as a top prospect even before he sharpens his jump shot. We last reported to you his offers from Stanford and Notre Dame, which came on the same day. He previously has also held offers from nearby DePaul and Marquette. In the last couple weeks he has added two more offers - one from the Big 10 and one from the ACC.
"Northwestern and Georgia Tech both offered me," the recruit reports. "The Georgia Tech offer came right after the sectional loss, and I was a little surprised. Coach [Paul] Hewitt said he knew I could shoot, and he liked how I could get to the basket no matter what."
When asked for a list of his top schools, Frasor offers the following:
"I could really see myself at Stanford, Notre Dame, Marquette, DePaul, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Wisconsin or Illinois. Stanford, Notre Dame, Marquette, DePaul and Georgia Tech would probably be a top five right now, and a top three would be Stanford, Notre Dame and Marquette."
"Coach [Mike] Montgomery called last week," he continues on the subject of the Cardinal. "He's a good guy and was great to talk to. He said they had a great bunch of guys at Stanford, and I'm really excited to go visit. I'll go this spring, but still have to decide which of three weekends in April or May I'll go. It's going to happen - just a question of when."
No other official visits are that solid for Frasor at this time, though a pair of his top schools are trying to schedule with him. "Notre Dame and Marquette both want me to visit," he discloses. "Both are close, though, so I might take unofficials."
The accomplished point guard recruit is nowhere near a decision, and these visits will go a long way toward determining how he feels about his suitors, but he is starting to take a closer look at the programs now that his basketball season has concluded.
"I'm looking at who they've got coming in front of me. I don't want to follow right behind a guy and then sit on the bench," Frasor articulates. "I know that Chris Hernandez will be a senior when I would be a freshman [at Stanford], which would let me get my feet wet. I really don't have to start my freshman year, but I just don't want to wait until my junior year to play."
While Frasor sorts out rosters, playing time, coaching personalities and campus environments for his various college options, he is also waiting for one piece of critical news from the Cardinal. "I want to get into Stanford," he emphatically declares, referring to the school's admissions application he sent in earlier this calendar year. "Coach Montgomery says they still have my application and are reading it over."
The Chicagoland star's Stanford admissions status, as well as final official visit weekend, will be two items we will watch closely and will bring to you as soon as we learn anything. In the meantime, look for Frasor and his Illinois Wolves AAU team to make some noise on the fast-approaching travel team circuit. They will be playing in the Illinois state AAU tournament next month, as well as the nationally acclaimed Kingwood Classic in Houston (TX). Memorial Day weekend they will travel to North Carolina for the famed Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, and in July they will trek to Las Vegas and Orlando for the Reebok Big Time and AAU Nationals, respectively.
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