Fab freshman leads Irving to another win

January, 30, 2010
1/30/10
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IRVING, Texas -- Freshmen aren’t supposed to be putting up scoring numbers like the ones by Irving’s Keith Frazier.

Not at the Class 5A level. And particularly not in a district (7-5A) that is home to one of the area’s most competitive playoff races.

Frazier, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound 15-year-old, scored 29 points in Irving’s resounding 80-46 road win over Irving Nimitz on Friday night. His evening included five 3-point baskets, a two-handed dunk, two blocked shots and a pair of steals.

In two prior games, Frazier scored 29 and 30 points, helping Irving (23-7, 6-2) remain a solid playoff contender in a district that includes Cedar Hill, Duncanville, Irving MacArthur and South Grand Prairie.

“I want to come back in three years and see how he’s playing then,’’ senior teammate Winfrid Tennell said with a shake of his head. “Just think how he’ll be dominating.’’

Coach Steve Perry is pleased to know he’ll have a front row seat in watching Frazier’s development.

“He’s scary as a freshman,’’ the coach said. “But when he matures, fills out and learns more ... he’s got a lot of game in him.’’

Frazier credits teammates: “They’ve taken me under their wing and helped me out.’’

He is joined in a talented starting lineup by three seniors and a junior.

Frazier’s high-arching 3-point shots are on target enough to discourage opponents from playing zone defense. He was 5-for-14 on 3-pointers and 16-for-27 overall against Nimitz.

About the only emotion Frazier showed Friday was a delayed single clap of his hands after missing a shot.

“I hate it when I miss,’’ he said.

He started playing basketball at age 7 and said shooting has always come easy for him.

“He’s grown up a lot this season,’’ Tennell said. “He liked to play around like a freshman at first, but he’s become a big part of the team.’’

And a big reason to keep an eye on Irving come playoff time.

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