Written by Corbett Smith
Kimball's Keith Frazier signs with SMU: 'It's a big weight off my shoulders'
As the signing day presentation went on, Keith Frazier’s adorable nine-month son – Keith, Jr. – started to steal the spotlight, with his baby talk turning heads of the family, friends and media in attendance at Kimball High School.
That’s fine with his dad, a reluctant star on Kimball’s state finalist team – described by his high school coach as someone who does his best to deflect attention.
“He can have it all,” Frazier said.
Frazier, a McDonald’s All-American and considered one of the top shooting guard prospects in the nation, won’t get anonymity for too much longer.
The 2013 SportsDay player of the year is the jewel of Larry Brown’s recruiting class at SMU, now ranked by Rivals.com as the 14 best in the nation – just behind North Carolina.
Frazier – who averaged 23.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.3 assists his senior season – considered a number of schools during the recruiting process, eventually narrowing double-digit offers to SMU and Texas Tech. He announced his decision to sign with SMU a few days before the McDonald’s game, soon after Tubby Smith was hired at Tech.
“It’s a big weight off my shoulders,” Frazier said. “I’m excited to be an SMU Mustang.”
With his mother, Sherry Pulliam, at his side, and his son in the audience, Frazier named location and SMU’s coaching staff as two big reasons for staying in Dallas.
Kimball coach Snoop Johnson said that Frazier’s SMU visit – where he spent time, not only with Brown and his staff, but their families – played a big role in his decision.
“I think he got a chance to understand that the basketball part goes with it,” Johnson said, “but what’s important is being close to his family. … I think he wanted to cherish not just speaking with his son on the phone, but actually be able to touch him.”