It was long assumed that Tim Frazier, who suffered a season-ending Achilles injury against Akron back in November, would receive a medical redshirt to play next season. But that assumption didn't make today's announcement that Frazier received his medical hardship waiver any less of a relief. The all-conference point guard was averaging 21.7 ppg in the three full games he took part in before the injury, and his absence was obviously a huge drain on a team that went 8-20 (2-16 in conference) without him.
Pat Chambers had this to say (from the official release):
"Tim has shown tremendous will, perseverance and leadership as he continues his rehabilitation from a very tough injury," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "He is doing very well. We are thrilled for him that he will have the opportunity finish his career strong and again place himself among the top players in the nation."
If you're on the Twitter, you're probably aware that Frazier's rehab is coming along swimmingly. As the man himself tweeted on Monday:
His return, coupled with the emergence of D.J. Newbill and Jermaine Marshall, is the source of some siginificant pre-preseason buzz around the college basketball world. BTN's Brent Yarina lists him as one of five 'elite' guards in the conference and says Penn State will be the 'B1G's most improved team,' and Jon Rothstein has Penn State as one of his 'Five Teams that will Rise in 2013-14.'
Other than the obvious boost this will give the Lions on the floor in 2013-14, this means that neither Geno Thorpe nor Graham Woodward (both incoming freshmen) will be forced into running the show as the only point guards on the roster. The duo will get a year to learn from one of the best pure point guards in the country, another reason that a torn Achilles might just be a major blessing in disguise for a program in desperate need of a good season.
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