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Tim Frazier, Playing Like He Means It

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Sitting quietly at his locker on Tuesday night, 90 minutes before tip-off, Tim Frazier was busy with one of the NBA’s most enduring pregame rituals: filling out envelopes.

Frazier was in Philadelphia with the rest of the New Orleans Pelicans for a mostly meaningless late-season games against the Sixers; “meaningless,” of course, being a relative term. Neither team will make the playoffs this season, so it didn’t mean much in the standings. But for Frazier ’13, ’14, a second-year player looking to establish himself as an NBA regular, every game—every possession, really—is a chance to prove himself worthy. For guys like Frazier, every game matters.

He didn’t seem to be feeling the pressure before the game, filling out envelopes for the comp tickets he was leaving for some friends. Times like these, Frazier looks like a seasoned vet, calmly handling one of the NBA’s more mundane tasks. His focus now is on showing that same sort of veteran composure and production on the court.

His story should be familiar to Penn State fans: Undrafted in 2014, he spent most of the 2014-15 season in the NBA’s developmental league, where he was nothing short of dominant, winning D-League Rookie of the Year and MVP honors. That effort earned him brief call-ups last season with the Sixers and Blazers, and it was Portland that signed him for the 2015-16 season. But the Blazers’ backcourt depth mostly relegated Frazier to the bench this season, and he went back to the D-League, nearly averaging a triple-double for the Maine Red Claws in eight D-League games.

Signed by the injury-ravaged Pelicans three weeks ago, he’s been better than good so far in New Orleans, posting a career-high 19 points and 13 assists last weekend in a win over Brooklyn. He was slated to start against the Sixers, the team that gave him his first, brief NBA opportunity. In the locker room pregame, seeing a familiar face from his days at Penn State—where he finished his career as the Nittany Lions’ all-time assist leader and one of the most complete players in program history—he’s happy to take a minute to look back, and to look ahead.

He says he keeps as close an eye on his alma mater as his schedule will allow, talking regularly with coach Patrick Chambers, who made the drive down to Philly for the game. He’s heard plenty about the Nittany Lions’ incoming recruiting class, potentially the best in program history, and a group loaded with Philly talent. He speaks regularly with teammates from his time in Portland; he and Damian Lillard, the Blazers’ star point guard with whom Frazier became particularly close, are in daily contact, and he says Lillard will watch his games and offer advice and critiques.

It’s suggested that the biggest difference in Frazier’s game this season is simple confidence. “So much,” he concurs, his eyes going big with acknowledgment. Unlike the rookie who was called up late last season and thrown into the NBA fire, he understands the importance of looking for his own shot. His on-court unselfishness worked against him at times last season, as he almost never looked for his own shot, even when left open. As he showed with that 19-point outburst last weekend, or his 10-point first quarter against the Sixers Tuesday night, it’s one of the many lessons Frazier has learned since.

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He also had five assists in the first quarter Tuesday, and for all practical purposes he was the best player on the floor as the Pelicans built an eight-point lead. But they lost it when he went to the bench for a breather, and as the game went on, the Pelicans looked every bit like a team with its top six scorers out injured, fielding a roster of unfamiliar call-ups in their place. The Sixers ended up running away with the game, winning 107-93. Frazier’s stat line—12 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals—was probably the most impressive on the team.

His contract with New Orleans guarantees him a spot through the end of the regular season, now just a week away. Asked if he has a hunch about what happens next, Frazier is blunt: “July 1,” he says. That’s the date NBA teams can begin negotiating with free agents. Until then, he’ll keep looking for chances to make his case.

Ryan Jones, deputy editor

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April 6, 2016 at 3:08 pm 3 comments

Let Tim Frazier Teach You How To Dance

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Penn State basketball fans will always hold a special place in their hearts for Tim Frazier ’13. Besides being a great athlete, he was a model student and an exceptional member of the Penn State community.

As it turns out, Frazier is also a spectacular dancer. He’s currently a member of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, and during a recent trip with a handful of teammates, Frazier started doing a dance that “has been the latest dance craze in Rip City.” It was recorded by one of Frazier’s teammates, and it involves Frazier sticking both of his arms out, curling in his thumb, middle, and ring fingers, and moving his arms in a circle while he shakes his head really fast.

The whole thing is delightfully silly, and we cannot recommend taking a minute to check out the Storify that the team put together of Frazier’s moves.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

September 3, 2015 at 2:04 pm Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — April 4, 2014

He’s got CLASS: Tim Frazier ’13 was named a First Team Senior CLASS Award finalist yesterday. The award, which stands for “Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School,” honors seniors who excel on the court and in the classroom. Finalists are selected by Division 1 coaches nationwide.

Spreading the love: Got spirit? That’s what it’s all about next week, during Blue & White Society’s PSi(heart)U week, a seven-day celebration of Penn State pride. Themed events throughout campus will get alumni and students psyched up for Blue-White Weekend. Check out the full schedule of events here.

Young at heart: Speaking of spirit, have you read yesterday’s post about 102-year-old birthday girl Peg Barnard Chalfant ’34? She’s the second-oldest Penn State alumna in the world, a former May Queen, and a current Kindle lover. I think Peg’s memories from her college days—and her thoughts on growing older—will definitely make you smile.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

April 4, 2014 at 10:48 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — March 20, 2014

Spring is here-ish: OK, so the forecast in the northeast calls for freezing rain, hail, and temps in the low 30s — but after this brutal winter, even the calendar arrival of spring is something to celebrate.

Seconds to spare: The men’s  basketball team pulled out a win in last night’s CBI opener, a true nail biter vs. Hampton. “They fought us all the way to the end,” Tim Frazier told the Centre Daily Times. GoPSUSports has the recap, and the CDT has some great pics from the game — though I’m partial to this shot: an Instagram posted by @pennstatembb after the big win.

IM so excited: Take a look at the new and improved IM Building, courtesy of Onward State. OS’s Anna Ungar got a peek inside the newly renovated facility, which should be open for business by the end of the month. More room for fitness classes, three basketball courts, a colorful lounge area, and two revamped fitness centers are some of the highlights.

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Class of 2029: Now here’s a story that will make you smile: A group of first-graders from Katy, Texas, already have their sights set on Penn State. Alyssa Hinchman’s class at McFee Elementary School in the Houston suburb “adopted” Penn State as part of the No Excuses University (NEU) program, which helps at-risk kids learn about secondary-education opportunities. Check out the classroom bulletin board (above).

Mary Murphy, associate editor

March 20, 2014 at 10:28 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — March 14, 2014

Senior moment: On Thursday, the men’s basketball team fell to Minnesota, 63-56, in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. It might have been the final game for Tim Frazier, the senior guard who is Penn State’s career assist leader, and just the second player in Big Ten history to reach 1,000 points, 600 assists, and 500 rebounds. Here’s hoping Frazier and his teammates get at least one more chance this season—there are rumors the Lions will host a CBI tournament game next week. In the meantime, you can still vote for Frazier for the national Senior Class Award.

Speaking of seniors… It’s not too late to vote for John Urschel ’12, ’13g for the Sullivan Award as the nation’s top amateur athlete.

OK, just one more senior: The Centre Daily Times has a cool feature on Mike McDonagh, the lone senior on the Nittany Lion hockey team. He’ll suit up for the last time at Pegula Arena this weekend when the Lions host Ohio State, tonight and Saturday, in their final regular-season games.

The green lobby: There’s an interesting piece over at Slate today about the seemingly unlikely political pairing of conservative politicians and marijuana legalization lobbyists. The idea is that those lobbyists are reaching out to fiscal conservatives and libertarians who, in the words of Slate’s headline writer, “hate taxes more than they hate drugs.” Reading it, I wasn’t surprised to see the name of Rob Kampia ’93, head of the Marijuana Policy Project, long one of the nation’s most prominent lobbyists for marijuana decriminalization. The MPP has had a hand in changing laws around the country in recent years, and history may well remember Kampia as playing a huge role in the growing acceptance of legal weed in America.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

March 14, 2014 at 11:26 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — March 11, 2014

Start ’em early: Here’s a cool story from yesterday’s Morning Call on the rise of “mini-thons” at high schools all over Pennsylvania — 136 this year alone. And just like the larger THON, the events are raising big money for the Four Diamonds Fund: The Bethlehem Area School District raised more than $20,000 at the eight-hour dance marathon last Saturday.

Speaking out: Dottie Sandusky will appear tomorrow morning on NBC’s Today in what looks to be an emotional interview with Matt Lauer. In a promo released this morning, Jerry Sandusky’s wife tells Lauer that her husband, who has been in maximum security prison since June 2012, misses “family meals” and “time with grandkids.”

Dynamic duo: A couple of big honors for men’s basketball player D.J. Newbill and Tim Frazier; they’re two of the 2014 All-Big Ten award winners, announced yesterday. Newbill, who’s ranked second in the Big Ten, earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors; Frazier, ranked ninth in the Big Ten, received third-team recognition.

Franklin moves in: Sunday’s Pittsburgh Tribune featured this story on James Franklin, who talks about the move from Nashville to State College—and his childhood, which included lots of time with his extended family in the ‘Burgh. Here’s  a fun fact: According to Franklin’s cousin Karen Zellars, who’s quoted in the piece, little James could make one killer apple pie.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

 

March 11, 2014 at 11:12 am Leave a comment

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