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The Wildcats and Cardinals are the first game of a doubleheader
The Wildcats have won 18 consecutive openers at home
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A former collegiate point guard at Illinois, Chester Frazier is in his first season at Kansas State as an assistant coach to former coach Bruce Weber.
"I'm really excited about the addition of Chester to the staff," said Weber. "He's another former player of mine who I think is going to be an outstanding coach. He's sort of in the same mold as (current Vanderbilt head coach) Kevin Stallings and (Purdue head coach) Matt Painter, where I always knew he was going to be a coach. Chester is young (26) and has ties to the East Coast (Baltimore), which were goals for my final assistant spot. He's a real student of the game and someone who I think will be able to develop strong relationships with our players."
Frazier comes to K-State after playing professionally for two years in Germany, first for Goettingen (2009-10) and then for S. Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg Basketball Club (2011-12).
As the starting point guard for head coach John Patrick, Frazier helped Wuerzburg to a 20-14 record and trip to the semifinals of the German Bundesliga playoffs. He averaged 7.7 points on 37.7 percent shooting, including 28.9 percent from 3-point range, with 3.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 24.4 minutes per game. He ranked first on the team in assists, while he was second in steals and fourth in both minutes and rebounds. He was one of seven former college players on the Wuerzburg roster, including Chris Kramer (Purdue), Ricky Harris (Massachusetts), Ben Jacobson (Northern Iowa) and Ivan Elliott (UC Santa Barbara).
Frazier helped Goettingen to the 2010 EuroChallenge title, averaging 20.4 minutes in 31 games played. He averaged 5.9 points on 50.6 percent shooting, including 34.2 percent from 3-point range, with 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. In helping Goettingen to the EuroChallenge title, he averaged 3.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steals per game. He played along a number of former college players with Goettingen, including Dwayne Anderson (Villanova), Jason Boone (NYU), Chris Oliver (Radford) and Taylor Rochestie (Washington State).
"I am incredibly excited to become a part of the Kansas State family," said Frazier. "Coaching is my passion and I am looking forward to getting to work and to help build a winning culture here at K-State, along with the rest of the staff."
Prior to his stint in Germany, Frazier served as a graduate assistant and video coordinator for Weber at Illinois from 2010-11. He helped the Fighting Illini to a 20-win season and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2010-11. He resigned midway through his second year to resume his playing career in Germany.
As a senior, Frazier led Illinois to 24 wins and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2008-09. He earned honorable mention All-Big Ten as well as Big Ten All-Defensive Team honors and was selected as the team's most valuable player. He led the Big Ten in assists (5.3 apg.) and held a 2.4 assist-to-turnover ratio as a senior. He also averaged 5.7 points on 44.8 percent shooting and was one of the best rebounding point guards nationally, averaging 4.8 per game. He was also named to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team as a sophomore in 2006-07 after averaging 7.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 31.5 minutes per game.
Frazier prepped at Lake Clifton-Eastern High School in Baltimore, Md., for head coach Herman Harried, where he earned first team All-Baltimore City/County honors and second team All-Metro accolades by the Baltimore Sun as a senior after averaging 16 points, eight assists, six rebounds and two steals in 2003-04. He helped lead Lake Clifton-Eastern to a 19-5 record as a senior and a final ranking of 10th by the Baltimore Sun. He also played for the Cecil-Kirk AAU program, where he was coached by former Wildcat Ronald Lucas (1992-94).
Frazier also spent one postgraduate year at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Fitchburg, Mass., averaging 16 points and seven assists in 2004-05, playing for head coach Bill Barton (current assistant coach at Pittsburgh). He was a second team All-Prep selection by Scout.com and a Top 50 Prep player by Hoop Scoop.
A native of Baltimore, Md., Frazier, 26, earned a bachelor's degree in recreation management from Illinois in 2009. He also took courses towards a master's degree in educational policy studies from Illinois.
Frazier and his wife, Sarah, were married in July.