Southern Methodist guard Keith Frazier is dealing with what coach Larry Brown called “personal issues” and will leave the program, according to NBC Sports.
“He’s dealing with personal issues,” Brown. “I told him to spend time with family. I don’t know if he’s coming back. We have to support him.”
A former four-star recruit and McDonald’s All-American from Dallas, Frazier did not dress for SMU’s home game against South Florida last weekend, nor was he even at Moody Coliseum for the game. As the team’s starter at the 2 this year, he was averaging 11.9 points per game and shooting 45 percent from the field.
But Frazier’s departure is more than just simply that. His academic issues upon his arrival at the university are a key reason why the Mustangs, despite being undefeated this year, are banned from postseason play. It was uncovered by the NCAA that a former assistant coach and SMU staffer did Frazier’s work for him to get him academic clearance, so perhaps that becoming public has made Frazier persona non grata?
Either way, stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates on Frazier’s next step!
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