“He’s done a great job. He’s a real smart player, knows the game,” said Pelicans forward Luke Babbitt, calling to mind Frazier’s college resume. “He’s had some experience in Portland and been in the D-League, so it’s not like he’s a rookie. He’s fit right in and that’s a credit to him, being prepared and staying ready. He’s a pure point guard. He knows when to probe and when to look for his own shot, because we need that too right now.”
“He works,” said wing Alonzo Gee, who also once played in the D-League. “He’s determined to be here, always working on his game, always in the gym.”
Frazier said his approach comes partly from his mother, who emphasized education to him at an early age. Penn State’s academic reputation appealed to Frazier; he has a degree from the school in communications arts and sciences, as well as a diploma in supply chain and information systems.
“My mom didn’t play,” Frazier said of his upbringing. “She always put academics first, so that was one of the biggest things I looked at in choosing a college. I always wanted to make my mom proud, getting my degrees.”
In terms of the off-court recognition he earned from the Big Ten as a senior, Frazier also credits his family background.
“You want to be a great guy on and off the court. That’s the way I was raised, to build as many relationships as possible,” he said. “Going to Penn State on a full ride and getting your degree, people look up to you every day, even when you don’t realize it. So you always want to be on your best behavior and do the right things – and the right things will come to you.”