The ink is still wet in the St. Ambrose Fighting Bee basketball record books after a sophomore star became only the 3rd player to score 1,000 points in their first two years at SAU.
Nick Frazier, an Exercise Science major from Bellwood, Ill., became the 47th member of the 1,000 point club as well as being only the third sophomore to do so in a loss at Clarke University on Feb. 13.
“It’s a great accomplish for me and my teammates. It’s truly an honor to be included in a list with so many great players,” Frazier said.
Frazier was the leading scorer on this year’s team, averaging 16.8 points per game as well as pulling down just over 5 rebounds a game. Last season, he was considered the best Freshman in the MCC, earning not only Newcomer of the Year, but also earning all-conference honors. Frazier believes that he has made big strides from last season to now.
“Definitely rebounding and free throws, took at lot of time during the summer to focus on these two things,” Frazier continued. “I would say I’ve learned to more vocal on the floor as a teammate.”
Last season, Frazier played a crucial role in a National Championship qualifying team that included 1st Team All-American Mike Kennedy, Chris Donnelly, and Marquez Davis. Frazier has since stepped up into a leadership role after learning the rope from last year’s seniors.
“I jumped from being a student of the game to a mentor. One thing I would take from the seniors last year is they focused on having fun, even when things weren’t going our way,” Frazier explained.
After the Fighting Bee’s disappointing loss to the Top-10 nationally ranked Mt. Mercy Mustangs in the MCC Conference Tournament semi-finals, Frazier ended the season at 1,061 career points, good for 43rd all-time at St. Ambrose. Frazier and the Fighting Bees now enter the offseason in hopes of putting together a successful 2013-14 season.