Keith Frazier, a McDonald’s All-American out of Dallas Kimball, told Texas Tech officials on Wednesday that he wants to play for the Red Raiders next season, according to sources.
But Frazier’s ultimately ending up in Lubbock could come with a caveat.
The talented shooting guard, who has also been pursued heavily by SMU and Texas A&M among others, has developed a strong relationship with Chris Walker, Tech’s interim coach this season and Frazier’s lone recruiter at the school. According to multiple sources, Frazier has a strong desire to play for Walker.
But whether Walker is going to be the coach at Tech next season is still unclear. Tech officials have not commented on the search for a new head coach since it began two weeks ago, but as many as six coaches have interviewed for the position, according to sources.
Walker is considered a strong candidate for the job, but at this time there is no imminent timetable for Tech to announce who will permanently fill the spot that was vacated by Billy Gillispie, who resigned in September.
Walker took over as Tech’s interim coach on Oct. 4, three weeks before the start of official practice. He guided the Red Raiders to an 11-20 record and their first Big 12 Tournament win since 2010.
Tech parted ways with its entire basketball staff, with the exception of Walker, two days after the Red Raiders lost to Kansas in the Big 12 Conference tournament quarterfinals.
Frazier, who has been ranked as high as the No. 22 player in the country by ESPN, was set to announce his decision during a news conference at 3 p.m. Thursday in Dallas, but it isn’t immediately clear if that event will go on as scheduled.
Coaches and other school officials, per NCAA rules, are not allowed to talk about recruits until they sign national letters of intent. The national signing period for basketball begins April 17.
Frazier’s decision won’t be cemented until he signs, and it appears it could still be altered by who the Red Raiders decide to hire as their next head coach.
Frazier was recently named the Dallas Morning News player of the year. As a junior he led Kimball to its second straight state championship. This season, Frazier led the Knights back to the state title game, where they lost to Rosenberg Terry, 55-47, a game in which Frazier recorded 24 points and eight rebounds.
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