Like many I suppose, I can’t wait for the season to start. I notice on the fall workouts thread, there are zero replies, but 225 views, all viewers scrounging for some info yet to come.
In looking at past piece in the Collegian, I gleaned this about Frazier…
[i]Returning forward D.J. Jackson said Frazier has enough talent to be a breakout player for the Lions in his freshman season.
“He’s a highlight waiting to happen,” Jackson said. “Once he puts it all together he’s gonna be a special player.”
Frazier insists he is a true point guard but would be open to whatever way the coaching staff wants to utilize him.
With incumbent floor general Talor Battle having competed across the globe for Team USA in the World University Games after averaging 37.4 minutes per game for Penn State last season, Frazier will likely be counted on for relief from the early going.
“Talor’s a great guy and a great player and just a tremendous person,” Frazier said. " … But definitely I’m here for him. I’m here to learn tips from him, learn just like what he went through as a freshman."
And for Battle and the rest of his teammates, Frazier has a warning: when he comes through the lane, get out of his way.
Otherwise they may find themselves victims of yet another YouTube hit.[/i]
When a teammate like DJ is saying this, I think you can expect close to immediate impact from Tim, despite his humility. IMO, with Battle and Babb in the 3 guard offense, this will be wicked combo for opponents to stop. I’d expect Tim, like Talor, to get fouled a lot in the lane, and Babb will be a regular recipient of kickouts for those bombs he’s shown he can make, and maybe with Talor at the arc, Babb drives the lane in mismatches, as he’s got decent speed, great size for a guard, and good ups. Big 10 opponents playing man defense will have their hands full with this trio. Zone defenses won’t like it either with their quickness and ability to shoot 3’s. Now if the team can just develop some inside points to keep defenses really honest…
And look at this from the PSU roster site…Let’s get ready to rummmble. He equals or exceeds the NBA combine’s best? WOW! I’m predicting 1 dunk per game.
Tremendously quick and athletic, Frazier combines baseline-to-baseline speed and instinctual court vision with explosiveness to the rim and the ability to rise and dunk over defenders. Tabbed as the top senior recruit out of the state of Texas in 2009, Frazier will be looked toward to help fill the void left by the graduation of ultra-quick, sharpshooter Stanley Pringle and could team with Talor Battle to form possibly the fastest back court in the Big Ten. He posted a team-high 34-inch vertical and 10.3 second lane agility time in pre-season workouts, equalling the 2009 NBA Combine best in vertical jump and bettering the Combine’s best lane agility time of 10. 44. Frazier’s athleticism, on the ball defensive skills and slick passing will give him a chance to earn playing time quickly and he could be an impact player in his first season in Blue and White.