Frazier has no regrets about early UF pledge


Published: Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 29, 2011 at 12:02 a.m.

LAKE BUENA VISTA — There are no second thoughts. No regrets.

Michael Frazier said it felt right when he became Florida's first verbal commitment for the 2012 class. By pledging 11 months ago to the Gators, the 6-foot-4 190-pound guard from Tampa could enjoy this summer rather than deal with juggling college choices.

“My dad told me that I don't need to waste other people's time if I know where I want to go,” Frazier said. “I didn't want to do that because they could be recruiting other guys to help their program. So I just went ahead and committed early because I wanted to be a Gator.”

Frazier has put together an impressive July on the travel-league circuit. Playing for Florida Elite, Frazier displayed his versatility at the AAU Championships at the Disney Wide World of Sports of Complex.

When a defender took two steps backs to guard a drive, Frazier took advantage of his shooting range, draining a 3-pointer. When defenders played up on him, Frazier showed decent quickness with the ball, driving in the lane for baskets and assists.

“I'm just trying to take what the defense gives me, trying to be aggressive,” Frazier said. “ Not force anything and just take what's there.”

Defense was a focal point for Frazier last winter during his high school season. During the travel league season, Frazier has been aggressive in the passing lanes, deflecting passes and forcing steals. He's gained 10 pounds in the past year, which has helped his confidence defending bigger guards.

“I've definitely been lifting, been trying to get stronger, bigger to get ready for the next level,” Frazier said.

Frazier has moved up to No. 51 on the latest ESPNU top 100 rankings. When Frazier committed to Florida in 2010, he was rated 72nd in Rivals.com's top 100.

And Frazier already is developing some chemistry with players in his class. He roomed with 2012 Florida point guard commitment Braxton Ogbueze at an NBA invitational camp last June in Charlottesville, Va.

The camp invited the top 100 prospects in the Class of 2012. ESPNU ranks Ogbueze, a 6-foot-1 guard from Charlotte, N.C., 29th in the country.

“I think we could be a great combo, him at the one, me at the two,” Frazier said. “He can really shoot it. It probably will take some pressure off of me, and we'll be able to open each other up.”

Frazier also has done some recruiting of his own, reaching out to top 2012 center recruit Tony Parker in an effort to convince him to become a Gator. Parker also is mulling offers from Ohio State, North Carolina and Memphis.

Going into his senior season, Frazier said he wants to improve all aspects of his game to prepare for the Division I college level. After three years at Tampa Plant, Frazier is transferring to Montverde Academy outside of Orlando. There, Frazier will face some of the top competition in the country while teaming with dynamic 2013 point guard prospect Kasey Hill. He will play under renowned high school coach Kevin Boyle, who coached top overall NBA draft pick Kyrie Irving at St. Patrick's High in Elizabeth, N.J.

“Kasey is a great point guard,” Frazier said. “Coach Boyle, he's a great coach, a proven winner. He's won national championships with Kyrie Irving. So I think it's going to help me develop my game, to get ready for coach (Billy) Donovan.”

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