Frazier Named to NABC/Under Armour 30-under-30 Team

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State assistant men’s basketball coach Chester Frazier was recently selected to the 2016 Under Armour 30-under-30 Team presented by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

The list, which honors both head coaches and assistant coaches under the age of 30 across all levels in college basketball, was announced at the annual AT&T NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Show in Houston on Sunday, April 3.

Frazier was one of just six Power 5 assistant coaches named to the list, which included Vanderbilt’s Adam Cohen, Wisconsin’ Adam Krabbenhoft (formerly of South Dakota State), Florida’s Jordan Mincy, Ohio State’s Greg Paulus and Duke’s Jon Scheyer

Frazier just completed his fourth season at K-State, joining his college coach Bruce Weber’s staff on May 29, 2012 after a stint playing professionally in Germany. During that time, he has helped the Wildcats to 79 wins, including a 27-win season which culminated in the school’s first-ever Big 12 regular season title in 2012-13, to go with two trips to the NCAA Tournament (2013-14).

Working primarily with the team’s backcourt, Frazier has helped K-State pace the Big 12 in scoring defense twice in the past four seasons, while placing second in the league in assists twice. He has helped mentor 10 players named to All-Big 12 teams, including 2016 Third Team selection Wesley Iwundu. Both Iwundu and senior Justin Edwards posted career marks this past season with Edwards leading the Wildcats in scoring (12.7 pppg.), double-figure scoring games (26), rebounding (5.9 rpg.) and steals (1.8 spg.) while Iwundu was tops in assists (3.7 apg.) and free throws made (108) and second in scoring (11.9 ppg.), double-figure scoring games (25) and steals (1.3 spg.).

Frazier has also played a huge role in the development of guards Barry Brown and Kamau Stokes in 2015-16. Brown, who was one of two Wildcats named to the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team, averaged 8.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 25.8 minutes per game to go with a team-high 45 3-point field goals. Brown posted seven Top 10 freshman marks, including the second-most 3-pointers and ties for fourth-most steals (40) and games played (33) by a rookie in school history. Although he missed the last 12 games of the season due to injury, Stokes had a solid freshman campaign, starting 20 of 21 games with averages of 9.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 26.9 minutes per game.

A native of Baltimore, Frazier, 29, was a four-year lettermen (2005-09) and two-time captain (2007-09) at Illinois, where he played all four seasons for Weber. He guided the Fighting Illini to 89 wins, including three 20-win seasons, and three trips to the NCAA Tournament during his playing career. He also served as a graduate assistant at the school in 2010-11.