BTN.com’s Brent Yarina is in the middle of unveiling his 2012-13 preseason Big Ten Player Rankings one by one. The countdown goes in reverse order, of course, and each installment includes player stats and one video highlight from last season. Once the season starts, Yarina will release a weekly Player Rankings every Monday. Up next: Penn State’s Tim Frazier.
No. 10: Jared Berggren, Sr., Wisconsin
No. 9: Branden Dawson, So., Michigan State
No. 8: Keith Appling, Jr., Michigan State
No. 7: Drew Crawford, Sr., Northwestern
No. 6: Aaron Craft, Jr., Ohio State
Frazier’s career stats:
Why he’s No. 5: The Big Ten’s premier stat-stuffer, Frazier can do a little bit of everything. In fact, the Penn State star is above average in just about every facet of the game, save for shooting (41.6 percent in career). But he’s working on his shot, including extending his range. That said, Frazier’s struggles from the field aren’t entirely his fault, considering he spent last season as Penn State’s only consistent and feared scoring threat. This is a point guard who scores and distributes with the best in the Big Ten and rebounds better than anyone at his position – his 4.7 rpg led Penn State last year. Oh, and he can defend.
Why he may not live up to ranking: Frazier still doesn’t have a reliable No. 2 scorer to help him out on a nightly basis. Jermaine Marshall showed flashes last season and transfer D.J. Newbill may help out, but Frazier needs someone on the roster to become a consistent scorer – think 12 to 14 points per game – so all the pressure isn’t on his shoulders.
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