McDonalds All-American Keith Frazier Signs With Mustangs, Class Ranked As High As No. 14 Nationally #PonyUp
April 17, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) --- SMU Head Coach Larry Brown (@LarryBrownSMU) announced that McDonald's All-American Keith Frazier has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Mustangs (@SMUBasketball) beginning with the 2013-14 season. Frazier is part of a class ranked as high as No. 14 nationally. As a senior, the Dallas native led Kimball to the 4A State title game as he averaged 23.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.3 assists while hitting 43 percent of his 3-pointers.
Frazier joins a class that includes the nation's top junior college prospect in Yanick Moreira (C/PF, 6-11, 220, South Plains C.C.) and a pair of Illinois' Mr. Basketball finalists from the Chicago area in Sterling Brown (G, 6-4, 190, Proviso East HS) and Ben Moore (PF, 6-8, 185, Bolingbrook HS). SMU also had three transfers sitting out this year in Nic Moore (5-9, 170, So. from Illinois State), Markus Kennedy (6-9, 260, So. from Villanova) and Crandall Head (6-4, 180, Jr. from Illinois).
The Mustangs will also return all five starters; Cannen Cunningham, Jalen Jones, Ryan Manuel, Nick Russell, and Shawn Williams; from a team that finished 15-17 in its first season under Brown. SMU will also open the renovated and expanded Moody Coliseum during the 2013-14 season, which will be its first in the American Athletic Conference.
SMU Men's Basketball Signees
Sterling Brown (SG, 6-6, 200) is a guard for Coach Donnie Boyce at Proviso East High School in Chicago. This season, Brown was a Mr. Basketball finalist and named All-State third team. He averaged 13.4 points and 10.9 rebounds while leading his team to a 30-5 record and the 4A state semifinals. As a junior, he was All-State third-team after averaging 13 points and 9 rebounds as his team made it to the state final. Brown had 13 points and 15 rebounds in the state semifinals, followed by a 25-point performance in the final. He has a four-star Scout rating and is listed as the No. 36 shooting guard by ESPN. He played AAU for the Mac Irvin Fire. He is also the younger brother of Phoenix Suns' guard Shannon Brown, who was coached by Larry Brown at the Charlotte Bobcats.
Keith Frazier (G, 6-5, 190) played for Coach Royce Johnson at Dallas Kimball High School. This season, the McDonald's All-American helped Dallas Kimball to the 4A State Final as he averaged 23.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.3 assists while hitting 43 percent of his 3-pointers. The All-State guard, rated as high as No. 18 nationally, was also named Dallas Morning News Area Player of the Year. As a junior, Frazier averaged 21.7 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game in leading Kimball to the Class 4A State Championship.
Ben Moore (PF, 6-8, 185) is a forward for Coach Rob Brost at Bolingbrook High School in Bolingbrook, Illinois. As a senior, Moore was All-State honorable mention honoree and Mr. Basketball finalist. He averaged 16 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals. He was also named Voyager Media Player of the Year. As a junior, he averaged 18 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots. He opened his junior season with a triple-double that included 11 blocks. He played AAU for the Derrick Rose All-Stars.
Yanick Moreira (C/PF, 6-11, 220) is a forward for Coach Steve Green at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. The native of Luanda, Angola, is rated as the No. 1 junior college prospect by JUCO Junction on Rivals. This season, the JUCO All-American averaged 18.2 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.3 blocked shots and 1.2 steals as his team went 22-8 and spent much of the season ranked No. 1 in the nation. As a freshman, he was Honorable Mention All-American, WJCAC All-Conference and All-Region 5 after averaging 12.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocked shots. He helped South Plains College to a 36-0 season and the 2012 NJCAA national title. He was named MVP of the NJCAA National Tournament after leading South Plains in the 81-68 victory in the national championship game.