Wednesday May 30, 2012Incoming freshman Mike Frazier scores 47 in exhibition game in China
Updated: 3:36pm, May 30
Updated: 3:36pm, May 30
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- He was too locked in even to notice, but after the game Michael Frazier’s coaches told him the crowd was chanting his name.
MIKE! MIKE! MIKE!
More than 5,000 came to see Montverde Academy play an under-18 national team from New Zealand as part of the Four Nation’s Invitational Tournament in China recently. Frazier, part of UF’s incoming freshman class, wowed the crowd by scoring 47 points in a 100-80 victory for the Lake County (Fla.) prep school.
“The place we were playing was huge, but I don’t know how I didn’t hear them,” Frazier said Wednesday. “Probably cause I was just playing, my teammates were feeding me the ball in good spots and I was just focused.”
Frazier, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound shooting guard from Tampa, called his international experience -- part of a nine-game exhibition against teams from New Zealand, Slovenia and China that also marked his first time out of the country -- the highlight of his high school career.
His one season at Montverde included a berth against powerhouse Las Vegas (Nev.) Findlay Prep in the ESPN National High School Invitation championship, a game Frazier’s team lost 86-83 in overtime.
All told, though, his senior season turned out to be a spectacular one -- and the right place to be, after opting to transfer from Plant High in Tampa, where he scored 1,902 points over three years and walked away from a chance to break the all-time scoring record in Hillsborough County.
The 2011-12 season was about improving for future seasons as a Gator.
“It wasn’t that hard a decision because setting the scoring mark was not a goal that was important to me. It was never a factor,” said Frazier, who was 638 points (or about 25.5 per game) from the county record held by Plant City’s Russell Evans. “It would have been nice, but I wanted to round out my game and help prepare for the next level.”
Montverde, where he joined a roster of Division-I prospects, helped do that.
And Frazier still led the team in scoring and rebounding.
“Mike was already one of the best shooters in the country,” UF assistant coach Matt McCall said. “He love the game. He’s a gym rat. But this season really helped him with the development of his overall game, especially on the defensive end and finishing at the rim.”
Frazier’s UF experience officially begins next month with the start of the Summer “B” session. Expectations for his freshman season are realistic.
In other words, he knows he want be scoring 47 points in a game.
“I know they’re a lot of good players coming back from a team that was really good last season, but ’m just going to go in and work my tail off and prove to Coach Donovan I can play at that level,” Frazier said. “After that, I’ll just see where it takes me.”