Chester Frazier joins Weber’s staff

By The Mercury

Kansas State men’s basketball coach Bruce Weber added another former player to his coaching staff on Tuesday with the addition of former Illinois standout Chester Frazier as an assistant coach.

Frazier’s contract details are still being finalized, but he will earn a base salary of $135,000 for 2012-13.  He joins fellow assistant coaches Chris Lowery and Alvin Brooks III, director of men’s basketball operations Brad Korn and strength and conditioning coach Jimmy Price on Weber’s coaching staff.

“I’m really excited about the addition of Chester to the staff,” Weber said in a release. “He’s another former player of mine who I think is going to be an outstanding coach.  He’s sort of in the same mold as (current Vanderbilt head coach) Kevin Stallings and (Purdue head coach) Matt Painter, where I always knew he was going to be a coach. 

“Chester is young (26) and has ties to the East Coast (Baltimore), which were goals for my final assistant spot.  He’s a real student of the game and someone who I think will be able to develop strong relationships with our players.”

Frazier comes to K-State after playing professionally for two years in Germany, first for Goettingen (2009-10) and then for S. Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg Basketball Club (2011-12).

As the starting point guard for head coach John Patrick, Frazier helped Wuerzburg to a 20-14 overall record and trip to the semifinals of the German Bundesliga playoffs. 

Frazier averaged 7.7 points on 37.7 percent shooting, including 28.9 percent from 3-point range, with 3.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 24.4 minutes per game.

Frazier helped Goettingen to the 2010 EuroChallenge title, averaging 20.4 minutes in 31 games played.  He averaged 5.9 points on 50.6 percent shooting, including 34.2 percent from 3-point range, with 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.

“I am incredibly excited to become a part of the Kansas State family,” Frazier said in a the same release. “Coaching is my passion and I am looking forward to getting to work and to help build a winning culture here at K-State, along with the rest of the staff.”

Prior to his stint in Germany, Frazier served as a graduate assistant and video coordinator for Weber at Illinois from 2010-11. He helped the Fighting Illini to a 20-win season and an appearance in the NCAA tournament in 2010-11. He resigned midway through his second year to resume his playing career in Germany.

Frazier was a four-year lettermen and two-time captain for the Illini from 2005-09, playing all four seasons for Weber.  Known for being a hard-nose point guard, he helped Illinois to 89 wins, including three 20-win seasons, and three trips to the NCAA tournament during his career.

Frazier played 125 games with 88 starts in his career, averaging 4.9 points on 35.9 percent shooting with 4.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.0 steals in 28.5 minutes per game.

Frazier still ranks seventh all-time at Illinois in career assists (484) and ninth in career assists per game (3.9 apg.).  He ranks just outside the top 10 in minutes played (3,566).

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