Frazier ready for increased role

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The loss of Will Yeguete makes Florida’s bench a player thinner heading into the second half of the Southeastern Conference season.

It also opens up the potential of more minutes for Florida freshman guard Michael Frazier II.

Frazier has emerged as the best of UF’s Class of 2012 due to his shooting and scoring ability. The Tampa native has averaged 5.8 points off the bench and is second on UF in 3-point shooting accuracy (46.2 percent).

At 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, Frazier also rebounds well for his position (he had 9 boards Tuesday night against Arkansas). But one area where Frazier needs work is defensively. Often, he’s been caught out of position on rotations in UF’s complex defensive schemes. The Gators mix zone, press and man defenses often. Sometimes, Frazier has had trouble keeping up.

“Playing with these guys every day, it’s helped already,” Frazier said, when asked about his defense. “So, I see myself making strides. Just having the coaches in my ear really helps.”

Frazier said the coaches told him the importance of rebounding before the season began. He’s averaging 3.5 rebounds per game and 4.2 rebounds in SEC play.

“My coaches, they tell me I need to rebound at the guard spot, so I’ll do whatever I need to do to help this team win,” Frazier said. “If that’s what it takes, then that’s what I’ll do.”

Other notes:

—  Donovan said coaching Team USA’s 19-under squad in the FIBA World Championships this summer won’t impact summer recruiting. The World Championships will take place from June 17-July 7 in the Czech Republic. “I’m not missing any time on the road,” Donovan said. “That’s my first priority. I just don’t necessarily feel comfortable doing something like that in the middle of July. I obviously have a job here. I’m expected to be on the road in July. But this is not gonna get into recruiting at all, so that’s a good thing. From a phone standpoint and taking care of phone calls and those things, you can do that from being away. I did that least year.”

— Former Gator and current San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner was named to NBA All-Star weekend’s 3-point shooting contest.  The 6-foot-10 Bonner will join a Gator-filled NBA All-Star weekend. Chandler Parsons (Houston Rockets) and Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards) will be playing in the Rising Stars game on Saturday. Joakim Noah (Chicago Bulls) was selected as a reserve on the East All-Star squad, while David Lee (Golden State Warriors) is a reserve on the NBA West All-Stars.

— Due to a scoring change, Florida senior guard Kenny Boynton had his number of assists against Ole Miss decreased from 1o to 9. The 9 assists still matches his career-high in a game, which he had Dec. 1, 2009 against Florida A&M.

 

 

 

6 COMMENTS

  1. I think Frazier is ready to step up and be a key contributer. He plays hard and shoots the ball well. His defense will come around in time, but we could use his shooting now. They forgot how well he shoots when they played Arky.. he could have helped more if given the chance.

  2. Let’s just hope Will gets well. It might be wise to just not play for his national team next year. I know that will be difficult,however, he does have a career in basketball in the NBA or Europe but only if he gets his physical ills addressed.

  3. Though Devon Walker is 40 pounds lighter than Yeguete, he’s closer to him in size at 6’6. I’d really like to see him triple his minutes or more and provide quality minutes while giving Young and Murphy a rest. Frazier will be the biggest factor since Prather has pretty much been hurt all season. I’m sure BD will get the most out of these guys, though, but I see our potential one or two seed being in jeopardy. Probably will be a three to five seed, what with depth problems.

  4. I was always nervous about this teams vulnerability to injury of it’s top 6 players. It has been realized, now it;s time for the bench players to step up and prove themselves. On a related note, I’m looking forward to next year with the 2 transfers being eligible.