Frazier shows his versatility vs. Vols
Published: Monday, January 27, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 11:02 p.m.
Florida sophomore guard Michael Frazier II is learning that a mixed game can produce more consistent results.
Frazier averaged 17.5 points in wins over Alabama and Tennessee this past week. But the 6-foot-4 Tampa native showed in UF’s 67-41 win Saturday over the Volunteers he could contribute more than 3-point shooting.
Using shot-fakes throughout the game to keep opposing defenders off balance, Frazier scored eight of his team-high 17 points against the Vols on drives to the basket and trips to the free-throw line.
Frazier has been working on shot-fakes in practice with Florida assistant coaches John Pelphrey and Rashon Burno.
“Coach Pel told me that I can use my shot fake to make plays for my teammates,” Frazier said. “And anytime I can do that, it’s good for our team, good for me.”
Frazier also had two assists against Tennessee, including a pretty alley-oop play to senior center Patric Young.
“Pat set a good screen,” Frazier said. “He rolled hard to the basket and I was able to get to the lane and toss it up to him.”
Florida senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin said he’s noticed how hard Frazier has worked to try to expand his game.
“He had a couple of dimes today,” said Wilbekin, referring to Frazier’s two assists against the Vols. “He did a good job attacking and not just shooting because he does that very well. He did a good job of attacking and finding people.”
Frazier’s main job remains knocking down open 3-point shots from the perimeter. Frazier still leads the SEC in 3-point accuracy at 45.6 percent after going 3 of 6 from beyond the arc against the Vols.
But Frazier said he wants to continue to work on other aspects of his game, such as defense and rebounding.
“I don’t want to be a one-dimensional guy because then teams can take me out of the game and I definitely want to help my team,” Frazier said.
Florida coach Billy Donovan said Frazier was taken out of his game mentally when he finished scoreless at Auburn and went just 0-of-2 from 3-point range. But Frazier responded from being a marked man on the perimeter with back-to-back strong games against Alabama and Tennessee.
“I think he’s gaining more confidence and realizing that when I miss (shots) I still have to battle through those moments,” Donovan said. “He’s doing that more now.”
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