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Frazier Continuing to Work Towards Next Level

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - On track to receive his second degree from Penn State this weekend, Tim Frazier is ready to solely focus on basketball during the next phase in the process to continue his basketball career at the next level.

Since the Nittany Lion basketball season ended in March, the two-time All-Big Ten guard has been busy in his quest to prepare for the upcoming NBA Draft (June 26).

Frazier was invited to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in mid-April to showcase his skills to professional scouts from every NBA team and several international leagues.  The trip included NBA combine testing and three games.  Frazier's team - Norfolk Sports Club - reached the tournament's final game before falling at the buzzer.

"Portsmouth went great," Frazier said.  "It was a blessing and an honor to be able to attend the invitational.  Fortunately, I was lucky enough to be on a good team with a great group of guys and a great group of coaches.  We played together, and we made it to the championship.  We lost at the buzzer in the championship.  For me personally, I played well down there.  I was able to improve and show as much as I could to the NBA scouts in attendance."

Averaging 8.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.3 rebounds, Frazier had a very productive three games in Portsmouth.  The Texas native, who is one of just two Big Ten players to reach 1,500 points, 600 assists and 500 rebounds in his career, took an unselfish approach in his trip to the showcase tournament.

"I am just continuing to try and get better overall," Frazier said.  "I think my main focus going down there was there to be a leader on the floor.  I wanted to get as many guys involved as possible, and to make the other guys on my team better.  I've always been a pass-first point guard.  I tried to make the best assists I could make, and then I tried to score when the opportunities were there.  Overall, I think I did that."

With the Portsmouth tournament complete, Frazier has been working out two to three times a day in preparation for upcoming individual workouts.  He said that it is all about refining each aspect of his game in the coming weeks to get ready for the next chapter.

"I feel great right now," Frazier said.  "The guys I've been working out with here have done a great job.  The coaches and strength coaches have been awesome.  I've been working out two to three times a day.  I feel great.  Obviously, I want to continue getting into better shape leading up to my next step, which is working out at home."

With a degree in supply chain management and information systems already in hand, Frazier is scheduled to earn a communication arts and sciences degree when final exams for the spring semester finish on Friday.  He will head back to Houston this week, in addition to selecting an agent.  The next phase of on-court work will also include individual workouts in front of teams.

"This experience is everything that you dream about," said Frazier.  "You are able to come in now, play in front of NBA teams, GMs, travel, play in different facilities.  I'm really looking forward to it.  The only thing nerve-wracking is the waiting game.  The draft isn't until June.  So the next month and a half is just training and the waiting game.  Hopefully, my name will get called.  If not, I know there will be another plan for me."

Frazier said he would not be in the position that he is today without his five seasons at Penn State.  He experienced the highest of highs with a run to the NCAA Tournament in 2011 and the challenge of an Achilles injury.  Frazier's journey in Blue and White prepared him for a career on the hardwood, and with two degrees in hand, he is well positioned for a successful future beyond basketball.

"Penn State has done everything that I could ask for," said Frazier.  "These last five years have been unbelievable.  It has been nothing but great for me.  I've cherished every moment.  Like I said before, if I had the opportunity to come back, I would have taken another year.  Penn State has done a lot of things for me.  It has made me the man I am today.  I'm thankful and very blessed to have been able to spend the last five years here."

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