By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
For the second time in four months, Travis Ford has dipped into the junior college ranks for point guard help.
On Monday, the Cowboys received a commitment from Chad Frazier, a 6-foot-4 combo from Charlotte who’s scheduled to arrive with the 2013 class. JUCO guard Kirby Gardner joined the current roster in June.
“I called Coach Ford today, around about 12, told him I wanted to commit,” Frazier confirmed over the phone. “Oklahoma State’s where I want to be.”
Last season, Frazier starred at Gulf Coast Community College in Florida, averaging 15 points (shooting 40 percent from three) and just over two assists per game.
“I play the one, play the point guard down here,” Frazier said. “I can score it, shoot the three, shoot the midrange well. I like to get my teammates involved, but I was in a situation last year where I had to score for us to win. So that’s what I did.”
Frazier wasn’t recruited heavily out of high school because, by his junior year, it was apparent he wouldn’t academically qualify. But after one season in junior college, where he played well and maintained good grades (3.3 GPA), he’s received growing interest.
Recently, Frazier was offered by Pittsburgh, Washington State and Memphis, among others. Kansas showed interest, but never offered.
But after taking a recent visit to Stillwater, visiting the campus, checking out the souped up locker room and somehow surviving the football team’s 84-0 massacre of Savannah State, Frazier comfortably settled on Oklahoma State.
“I liked how it was like a college town,” Frazier said. “They support their sports. I feel like the coaching staff, they try to get their players better and push them to the next level. And I think I’ll fit into the system.”
Frazier is the second commit for OSU’s 2013 class, joining 6-foot-8 forward Leyton Hammonds.
“Frazier is an active wing player with good size,” ESPN wrote about him in 2010. ”He is long and a good athlete as well. He can slash to the rim in transition or in the half court and is a good finisher once he arrives in the lane. He can score through contact and pull up for the mid range pull up jumper when the defense recovers. Frazier can hit the open three off the catch with time and space or with a couple rhythm dribbles once he beats his defender. Frazier is a good defensive rebounder and can start the break. He needs to add strength to become take his game to the next level but has all the tools to be an excellent mid level college wing at this stage of his game.”