Tim Frazier (178-PG, college: MacMurray) is a 178cm point guard that was born in Springfield, Illinois and grew up there. He began his basketball career at Lanpher high school and then played at Mac Murray College (NCAA3) form 2013-2017 playing a total of 52 NCAA 3 games. He only played 5 games in his first two years but then got his chance averaging 7.6ppg, 3.0rpg, FGP: 40.1%, 3PT: 32.8%, FT: 60.5% as a junior and13.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 67.5% as a senior. He has had professional experience having played with the Springfield Panthers (MBL) and with Team Milwaukee (Eurobasket Summer League in Chicago) averaging 6.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.3apg, 1.3spg. He wasn’t able to be a part of the 2021 Howard Hoops Combine in Germany, but will take part in 2022 and spoke to eurobasket about his career.
Tim thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how is basketball life treating you at the moment?
I am in a great place. I’m very confident in my game and ready to play at the next level. I train everyday and give my all during every workout.
Before we get to basketball, I have to ask you how often you get asked about Tim Frazier the NBA player of the Grizzlies? Does it happen a lot and how do you deal with it?
It’s been happening since he was at Penn State. People would make jokes or references to me about him. I’m ok with it .
How big has your urge been to be a professional player since leaving school? You have played semi-pro ball in the States.
I been wanting to play pro since I was a child. Nothing has changed. The more I play The more Urged I am to complete that goal.
Have you also had a 9-5 job the last years to pay the bills? Were you able to use your degree and work in the field you wanted to?
I have had jobs at harbor freight, a mentoring program , and Fedex . While I chase my goals I still need to support myself.
What do you believe has been the biggest obstacle for you not having landed overseas yet? Obviously you don’t see many NCAA 3 players reach the professional level, but it has been done.
My biggest obstacle has probably been lack of consistency in networking or being in front of the right people. I have been to combines but I don’t think I have been to enough of them to really get my name out there.
Let’s talk a little about COPVID-19. What were the biggest challenges for you during this time? Was it tougher keeping that normal work out routine?
At first it was very hard because all of the gyms were closed and they removed all of the rims from the parks. I did stationary drills at home and many body weight exercises until the gyms opened back up
With everything that you have experienced during COVID-19 off the court how do you feel did it make you stronger as a man?
I always appreciated things because as a child I grew up in a poverty stricken environment so I had to make a lot out of a little. So when the gyms were taken away and given back to us I started to spend more hours perfecting my craft because I didn’t know if we would be stripped of the gyms again.
You will be taking part at the Howard Hoops Combine in Germany in August. How excited are you to show your abilities in front of GM’s and coaches?
I’m very excited. I never been overseas before so to actually be in front of the people who can help me reach my goal it’s breathtaking.
How excited are you to be playing in Germany? What do you know about the country and it’s basketball? Have you had friends or ex opponents or teammates play there?
I’m very excited. I actually don’t know much about Germany but I’m eager to experience it . I don’t know anyone that has went to play in Germany.
How did you get in contact with CEO and founder Ron Howard? Did he find you or did you find him?
I found him . I saw his social media profiles and contacted him because I believe he can help me reach my goal of becoming a professional basketball player.
Ron Howard is a legend. He is the voice for the unknown players wanting to get a job overseas. What kind of relationship do you have with him and what do you appreciate most about his character.
I would like a great mentor that I can come to for many tips . I appreciate that he is patient , understanding , and very helpful.
What is your biggest goal at the Howard Hoops Combine besides getting a job overseas?
My biggest goal is to learn a little bit about how the business works outside of basketball . I want to network with as many people as I can.
Let’s talk about your game. You’re a 178 cm guard. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit the bill?
If I had to choose one person I’ll say Nate Robinson because of my athleticism.
What was it like growing up and even in the NCAA 3 concerning your height? Did you hear the usual comments about your height?
I was doubted by many people but I worked two times harder than the next men so it wasn’t a big problem.
Talk a little about your game. You’re a point guard that can fill up the stat sheet easily. Is your versatility your biggest strength?
Yes it is . I’m a hustle player that never gives up. One small slip up from the next player and I’ll edge them. Whether it’s on a rebound , fast break and etc
What other strengths does your game have at both ends of the court?
I’m very quick and I’m strong for my size. It’s going to be a battle every play.
On what area’s of your game are you working on most so you can continue to grow as a player?
I work on everything but conditioning and shooting are my main priorities.
You played at MacMurray College (NCAA3) from 2013-2017. What kind of an experience was that for you?
It was very different for me because there weren’t too many people that even wanted to play basketball after college . So my drive was a bit more intense than others.
You only played 5 games in your first two seasons. How tough was it experiencing those growing pains at the start?
It was very tough on me mentally but I stayed consistent and prepared my game so that when my shot came there would be no doubt that I could help my team.
You really picked up your game in your last two seasons averaging 7.6ppg, 3.0rpg, FGP: 40.1%, 3PT: 32.8%, FT: 60.5% and as a senior 13.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 67.5%. How do you feel did your game grow as a senior?
I started to figure out how to slow the game down and take advantage of every opportunity my opponents gave me. I became a lot more poised and it worked for me.
How did head coach Todd Creal groom and prepare you best for a professional career?
He always told me I needed to get physically stronger so that I wouldn’t be a liability at my heigh. . He also showed me that sharing the ball more helps me out in the end and opens me up more.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Marshall Corbon?
Marshall was a good player and worked just as hard as me. It was challenging but I believe I got him a little more than he got me.
You have professional experience with the Springfield Panthers (MBL). What kind of experience was that and what do you feel did you gain from it?
I got to see what it was like to play 48 minutes in a game and I had to condition more to be able to be successful in this league.
In 2019 you played with Team Milwaukee (Eurobasket Summer League in Chicago) averaging 6.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.3apg, 1.3spg. What do you remember from this summer league and how brutal is the competition at those places?
This was challenging for me because everyone there wanted to play professionally and played their hearts out. I learned a few new things about myself and worked on them afterwards.
Who was the best player that you ever battled that went to the NBA?
I haven’t played anyone that made it to the NBA but there are countless that played overseas.
Please name your 5 best teammates of all-time?
I’m going to list the people that really helped their team in all ways more than scoring . Josiah Gordon (high school ) , Derek Bourke (college ) Marshall Corbin (college ) ) Michael Cameron (college ) Hunter Flesner (college )
Please list your personal NBA Mount Rushmore of past or present heads?
Michael Jordan Lebron James Kobe Bryant Stephen Curry Shaquille O’Neal
What is your personal opinion of the neverending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James?
My pick is Lebron James. When I judge someone on being the greatest I look at all around gameplay . He dominates every stat line and has done it for years.
What was the last movie that you saw?
The last movie I saw was the new Space Jam . I enjoyed it although I think it’s more for the kids to watch.
Thanks Tim for the chat.