Fordham Basketball

Branden Frazier Headed to Holland, but Fordham Will Always Be Home

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12: Branden Frazier #0 of the Fordham Rams handles the ball against Johnny Williams #2 and Bryon Allen #0 of the George Mason Patriots in the first half during the first round of the Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament at Barclays Center on March 12, 2014 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
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Charles CostelloContributor ISeptember 4, 2014

Back in March, after playing his final game for the Fordham Rams, it was pretty much a given that we hadn't heard the last from Branden Frazier.

After a stellar career in the Bronx, one that saw him finish ninth on Fordham's career scoring list with 1,642 points and second all-time in assists with 495, Frazier's playing days were far from over.

On Tuesday, the school announced that Frazier had signed a contract with The Bright Kings Den Helder in Holland.

Branden Frazier Signs with Den Helder in Holland http://t.co/MgnMyWLked

— Fordham Athletics (@FordhamRams) September 2, 2014 

As soon as Frazier's playing days with the Rams ended, there was speculation about what was next for the guard, who graduated from the school in May.

In June, two days before the NBA draft, he worked out for the Brooklyn Nets. While a spot on an NBA roster seemed like a long shot, there was no doubt that Frazier would have opportunities to play professionally oversees.

The only senior on the Rams' 2013-14 roster to play significant minutes, he was the team's leading scorer (18.2 points per game) and leader in assists (4.3 per game). He also averaged 5.1 rebounds per game.

Frazier was the best player on a Fordham team that was on the verge of a major roster overhaul. This offseason, seven new players joined the mix. The Rams have only four upperclassmen, but there's more talent here now than there ever was at any point in Frazier's four years. 

If you think Frazier has any regrets about choosing to come to Fordham with head coach Tom Pecora prior to the 2010 season (he was on his way to Hofstra before Pecora was hired to coach the Rams), then you don't know him very well.

The wins might have been few and far between—34 in four years—but Frazier had a huge impact and left quite a legacy. My guess is that all of that means something to him. It certainly means a lot to Fordham.

While the Rams haven't had much success on the court of late, the school has sent a number of players oversees to play professionally.

Bryant Dunston (Italy), Kervin Bristol (Russia), Chris Gaston (Puerto Rico) and Brenton Butler (Sweden) have continued their basketball careers far away from Rose Hill. Now you can add Frazier to that list.

#Congratulations to Branden Frazier on #signing with the #DenHelderKings! pic.twitter.com/TG6TxV2ey6

FordhamBasketball (@FordhamBball) September 3, 2014

Fordham, which has struggled for most of its 19 seasons in the Atlantic 10, can take some solace in the fact that it has helped players keep their basketball dreams alive. Frazier is the latest example.

Besides wins, losses and championships, people like to judge programs on how many players make it to the NBA. Fordham isn't in that discussion. 

But this gives the school something to hang its hat on, something to be proud of.

Frazier should be proud, too. He might be headed to Holland, but he can always call Fordham home. 

 

Charles Costello covers the Fordham Rams for Bleacher Report. A full archive of his articles can be found hereFollow him on Twitter: @CFCostello

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