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Sources: Frazier could be headed to Texas Tech

McDonalds All-American wants to play for the Red Raiders next season; coaching situation could still play factor

Posted: March 27, 2013 - 7:46pm  |  Updated: March 28, 2013 - 12:38am
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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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Bizarre

What a bizarre story, a top recruit wants to play for a school and does not even know if the coach recruiting him will still be at the school. How many people could pull this off? I would guess none. If he can lure players to TTU with out having the job, what could he do if he has it. It is pretty clear to me that Chris Walker should have the job. He has "it" where recruiting is concerned, and as they say, "You can't ride without the horses."



Hire the man. TODAY!

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I agree, hire Walker.

I agree, hire Walker.

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This just in!!!

Chris Walker hasnt been hired yet because: 1) They found out he is actually AWOL from the French Navy 2) He was riding his cycle with Mike Leaches wife and had an accident 3) He is wanted for 157 traffic citations in Juarez 4) He shoplifted a basketball from Wal-Mart when in 5th grade 5) He was videoed riding on the back of Soap-Suds after Tech whipped West Virginia in football last year 6) He is known for wearing yesterdays underwear at Tech games 7) He is actually a finalist for the UCLA coaching job

and on and on and on.... I dont think it is Kirby holding up this hire and I dont think it is Hance either. So what in God's name is holding up signing this great man and recruiter and coach??? Oh, yeah, we still got Atkins Jr Hi head coach to be interviewed!! Get real people and get off your rear ends and get the job done by hiring coach Walker!

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strange

ESPN ranks Frazier 48th out of the top 100 high school players in the U.S. Only TT, A&M, and SMU have offered him a scholarship however; a little unusual do you not think.

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Head coach > player

The head coach position is more important then a recruit commitment. CW is an attractive option, but it is wise for KH to do his due diligence in selecting the right candidate.

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Who else?

So who else has Tech recruited. Please list the names of prospects that rank higher (even at 58) that Tech is recruiting or has signed lately. This is getting to the point that we are stomping on the piss ants.

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I'm so sick and tired of "we've got to interview ...

...old guys that got fired elsewhere". Walker, now, please, Kirby !?

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