Manhattan Jaspers Pursuing Yet Another Guard in Branden Frazier

Jesse KramerCorrespondent IDecember 25, 2009

With five players, all of them guards, graduating after this season, Manhattan is in need of some good recruits in order to be a contender in the MAAC next season. 

Barry Rohrssen brought in junior college transfer Rico Pickett, who will be a senior with the Jaspers next year, and George Beamon from Roslyn, now a freshman, for the current season.

Pickett has already shown his ability to be dangerous all over the floor. Beamon has shown that he has the potential to be a star for the Jaspers, but currently cannot do too much.

Rohrssen, now in his fourth year with the Jaspers, has brought in mainly guards as his recruits. The big men that he brought the Riverdale were Laurence Jolicoeur, Andrew Gabriel, Kevin Laue, Herve Banogle, and Shagari Alleyne, a transfer from Kentucky.

Some of these players were supposed to be much better then they turned out to be.

Andrew Gabriel played in Jordan Classic Regional Game, but has been a bust with the occasional big game.

Herve Banogle was recruited by Connecticut and gave Manhattan fans high hopes, but he had hands of stone and could not handle the ball in the post.

Shagari Alleyne was supposed to dominate the MAAC with his 7'3" figure when named eligible, but that never happened as he failed out of school. 

This year, Rohrssen has no big men on his list, but he has already received commitments from Mike Alvarado of All Hallows High School and Kidani Brutus, a junior college transfer from Oklahoma.

Mike Alvarado is the star of All Hallows this year, and Rohrssen looks forward to having him join the squad next season. Alvarado has the ability to drive to the hoop, something that Manhattan has been lacking as of recently.

Kidani Brutus averaged 14.5 points his senior year of high school and 17.3 in his junior year. He is rated a two-star recruit on Brutus is averaging 11.9 points per game over two years at Carl Albert State Junior College.

Now, Rohrssen's next target is Bishop Loughlin guard Branden Frazier (not to be confused with the actor). He is 6'2" and weighs only 155 lbs.

Frazier is classified as wing shooting guard. rates him a two-star recruit. Scout says his strengths are his catch and shoot ability and he is a tough competitor. He is not a great ball-handler and his lack of strength makes it tough for him to get to the basket at times. He has a sweet stroke from beyond the arc and is able to create shots for himself when needed. 

On ESPN, Frazier is graded as an 84. ESPN says that Frazier likes to shoot three-pointers in transition, and hits all of his open looks. 

Frazier is interested in other Northeast schools, such as Saint John's, Saint Peter's, Rutgers, Fordham, Siena, and George Mason. He has not specified which school he is interested in most.

The Jaspers could use a player like Frazier to help them stay strong with the graduation of some of their key players.


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