Top NBA Prospects in the SEC, Part Eleven: Prospects #14-17 September 29, 2014
Last time we checked in on Michael Frazier, he was fresh of a strong performance at the U19 World Championship Training Camp. Subsequently making the team and going on to average 6.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per-game as Team USA took gold in the Czech Republic, Frazier returned to Florida last fall poised for a breakout year. Ending the year as the third leading scorer on a balanced and veteran laden team, Frazier was a major bright spot for Billy Donovan's Gators, who went 36-3 and made the NCAA Final Four.
A consensus top-100 recruit in the 2012 high school class, Frazier is a bit undersized for a wing in terms of height, standing just 6'4 in shoes, but his 6'9 wingspan allows him to play a bit bigger defensively. He's also a very good athlete, possessing the fluidity and explosiveness common among NBA rotation players at the shooting guard position.
Offensively, Frazier's role last season, and the skill set he's displayed over his first two seasons with the Gators, was fairly cut and dry. 87.1% of Frazier's field goal attempts were jump shots, and his 44% shooting accuracy in catch and shoot situations was among the best marks for a shooter of significant volume in all of college hoops, according to Synergy Sports Technology.
Though Frazier did much of his damage in spot-up and off screen situations, he was also looked to create off the dribble at times, finding largely mixed results. An average ball-handler, Frazier did not prove very prolific creating high-percentage shots for himself at the rim, though he was efficient when he did find opportunities to score at the rim. Knocking down 34.3% of his jump shots off the dribble, the next step in Frazier's evolution as an offensive player will come in his ability to effectively create his own offense off the dribble.
Accounting for only 14.4% of Florida's possessions according to Synergy Sports Technology, the coming season will present Frazier with an opportunity to take on a bigger role offensively. With Florida's three highest usage players joining the professional ranks, it will be interesting to see how Frazier handles the transition from high-efficiency role-player to go-to scorer, and just how much of the shot creating responsibilities left behind by Scottie Wilbekin he's able to assume.
Defensively, Frazier plays with good energy and fundamentals. A key cog on one of the nation's very best defensive teams, Frazier is a solid team and individual defender. He's not a particularly prolific rebounder, nor does he produce steals at a high rate, but he moves his feet well, works to close out shooters, and rotates fairly crisply on the perimeter. His size may limit him a bit at the next level, and he could stand to fight through screens more aggressively, but he appears to have the right mindset to do well on this end of the floor.
Given the turnover in Florida's starting lineup, Michael Frazier has a lot to gain this season. There's little questioning his chops as a set shooter, which combined with his defensive ability, already makes him an intriguing NBA prospect, but his increased role could help him improve his standing among scouts if he can take advantage of it. [Read Full Article] USA Basketball U19 World Championship Training Camp Report, Part Two June 19, 2013 A consistent contributor as a freshman, earning a spot on the SEC All-Freshman team, Michael Frazier came in at a significant advantage having played for Billy Donovan at Florida already. He showed that he's worthy of a roster spot on his own merit here in Colorado Springs, though, quickly establishing himself as one of the best shooters on the teamóno surprise considering he shot 47% from beyond the arc this seasonóbut also contributing to his team's ball-movement and putting a strong effort in defensively.
Frazier is near-automatic with his feet set but can also make a shot with a hand in his face, even if you rarely see him take a bad shot. He appears to be a very good athlete but doesn't show that very often due to his underdeveloped ball-handling skills. All in all, he's not someone that stands out on first glance but is exactly the type of player who can play an extremely important role against international competition on a team like this, simply by spacing the floor, playing solid defense and not making mistakes. [Read Full Article]