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Tim Frazier has none of the problems facing Trey Burke this season. There's no need for Penn State coach Pat Chambers to save him for March because a tournament berth would be a major stunner.
A first-team All-Big Ten selection on a team that was 4-14 in conference play tells the unbiased observer all they need to know about how Frazier played for the Nittany Lions last year. He led the team in scoring, rebounds, assists and steals, ranking first or second in the league in all but boards.
Frazier made more field goals than any two of his teammates, only two of whom shot better than 45 percent. He made more free throws than the next three Lions combined.
His game was certainly more about volume than efficiency, but averaging six assists per game with an absolutely pathetic collection of shooters around him is the mark of a true playmaker.
His three-point shooting, never great, became absolutely lethargic last season at 31.4 percent, a function of shooting a lot with hands in his face. Occasionally, turnovers could plague Frazier when he tried to do too much with the ball, being the only one who could.
If anyone else can contribute offensively, Frazier should be able to take fewer contested jumpers and be forced into fewer wild mistakes. A more efficient offense could help Penn State exceed all expectations.
Six conference wins, anyone?