In-state Gators land Michael Frazier
Super 60 shooting guard Michael Frazier (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant) decided to end his recruiting process by giving a verbal commitment to Florida coach Billy Donovon on Monday night. The No. 1-rated prospect from the Sunshine State in the 2012 class chose the Gators over Miami, Florida State, South Florida, Central Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Notre Dame, Boston College and Stanford.
"I chose Florida because of Coach Donovan and the outstanding staff," said Frazier. "Coach Donovan has a proven history of winning national championships and excels in player development. UF is an excellent academic school as well. It's always been one of my favorite schools."
The 6-foot-4, 180-pound true shooting guard is the whole package thanks to his smooth shooting touch, impressive basketball IQ, strong academics and leadership qualities. He will fit into Florida's spread-offensive, multiple-ball-screen attack extremely well because he will be able to stretch the floor with his deep range.
Frazier's ability to shoot the ball makes him special because he has two of the greatest qualities a shooter can have: great self-confidence in his stroke and a short memory to focus on the next shot. He rarely misses open shots when his feet are set. He shoots over smaller defenders with ease and is a willing passer when he draws an extra defender. Frazier is also smart at moving without the ball and creating clean looks at the basket. Opponents must find him immediately in transition because he will spot up on the break and knock it down from beyond the arc. While he can knock it down from 3, his midrange game (15- to 18-foot jumpers) is most efficient. Defensively, he needs to be more committed and engaged as an on-ball defender, but Frazier and his coaches -- H.B. Plant coach Mike Phillips and his Florida Elite U-17 USSSA coach, Conrad Foss -- are committed to getting him ready for his first day of practice at Florida.
"What separates Michael is his character and tremendous work ethic," said Foss. "He is never satisfied with his accomplishments and he is always looking to improve."
Off the court, Frazier is a star as well in large part due to the values his parents have instilled him. The high-honors student also leads the choir at his father's church in Tampa and is the epitome of a student-athlete because academics come first and basketball comes second.
Paul Biancardi, who has been a head coach and assistant on NCAA tournament teams, is the national director of basketball recruiting.