Former Southern Methodist guard Keith Frazier has committed to North Texas, according to NBC Sports.
A former four-star recruit and McDonald’s All-American from Dallas, Frazier left the program earlier this month due to issues with his role in coach Larry Brown’s offense. He was averaging 11.9 points per game and shooting 45 percent from the field.
But there could be a deeper reasoning behind Frazier’s departure, as his academic issues are why the Mustangs are ineligible for the NCAA Tournament this year despite being undefeated and ranked No. 8 by the AP. An SMU athletic department assistant and a former assistant coach did Frazier’s coursework for him in hopes of making him eligible as a freshman, and here we are today. Though nothing has been said, perhaps the attitude towards him in Dallas has turned toxic?
Frazier has one more season of eligibility remaining and will have to sit out until the spring semester if he opts to use it next year. He joins a Mean Green squad that is currently 7-11 (2-3 C-USA) and has not made the NCAA Tournament since 2010.
It’s a fresh start for Frazier, surely, but definitely a downgrade from playing under a Hall of Famer for an up-and-coming program at SMU.