Former Fordham Star Branden Frazier Works out for Brooklyn Nets

Charles CostelloContributor IJune 26, 2014

Jan 26, 2014; Amherst, MA, USA; Fordham Rams guard Branden Frazier dribbles the ball up court during the second half against the Massachusetts Minutemen at Mullins Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Though Branden Frazier's Fordham career ended in March, his life as a basketball player is far from over.

On Tuesday, two days before the NBA draft, Frazier worked out for the Brooklyn Nets at the team's practice facility.

Though the Nets don't own any picks in either round of tonight's draft, The Wall Street Journal's Alex Raskin reported earlier this week that C.J. Fair (Syracuse) and James McAdoo (North Carolina) were among a group of players Brooklyn would take a look at.

Frazier also got a chance to show off his skills in front of Nets' brass, including head coach Jason Kidd.

"I think I did pretty well," Frazier, a Brooklyn native, told WFUV Sports after the workout. There's a lot of shooting stuff I could have done better with, but it's about working."

Frazier found himself in somewhat of an underdog role—fitting for a guy who played for a school like Fordham that was almost always in that same position.

"There were a lot of guys out here in the workout that were at bigger schools than Fordham," Frazier told WFUV. "I probably walked in the gym and no one knew who I was."

At Fordham, just about everyone knows Branden Frazier. In 2013-14, he was the face of the team.

Fordham head coach Tom Pecora recruited Frazier when he was the coach at Hofstra. When Pecora took the Fordham job in March of 2010, Frazier came with him.

Last season, Frazier was the only senior on the roster who played significant minutes. He led the team in scoring (18.2 points per game) and assists (4.3 assists per game) and averaged 5.1 rebounds per game.

Though Fordham won just 10 games, and only 34 in his four years at the school, Frazier will go down as one of the greatest Rams ever.

He was a four-year starter who finished second in school history with 495 assists, ninth in points with 1,642 and sixth in three-pointers made with 186. 

He'll be remembered for what he did on the court, of course, but what he brought to the program went well beyond that.

"Branden's been a spokesman for this program," Pecora said after the Rams concluded their regular season. "When guys graduate you want them to be Fordham men, and without a doubt he's grown into becoming a great Fordham man."

The last Fordham player to make it to the NBA was Smush Parker, who signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2002 and played for six different teams over a five-year career in the league.

It's unlikely Frazier will be drafted, but he could sign as an undrafted free agent. He'll certainly play professionally at some level.

Tip O'Neill, the former U.S. Speaker of the House, once famously said that "All politics is local."

Maybe all basketball memories are, too.

Because while the national conversation is focused on who will get selected with the first pick in tonight's draft, the local story is about a kid from Brooklyn who continues to live out his basketball dreams.


Quotations in this article were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.

Charles Costello covers the Fordham Rams for Bleacher Report. Twitter: @CFCostello.