Apr 21, 2009

FRAZEE SELECTED AS SILVER STAR

by Chris McNair

When hard work and dedication are put forth over a period of years, great things happen. Liberty senior guard/forward Megan Frazee is a true testament of that.

During her four-year tenure at Liberty, the Lady Flames standout netted 1,875 points with a career average of 18.6 points per game. She also recorded an impressive 63 blocks, 119 steals, 234 assists and 943 rebounds over her career, as well as her numerous accolades including Big South Player of the Year and Big South Championship MVP, an impressive résumé for the WNBA Draft

Frazee’s accomplishments were recognized on the growing sport’s biggest stage.

The draft, which was held at the NBA Entertainment Studios in Secaucus, N.J. on April 9, the San Antonio Silver Stars gave the nod to Frazee in the second round (14th overall), making Frazee just the second Lady Flame basketball player to be drafted. The Connecticut Sun made former Lady Flames standout Katie Feenstra its first pick in the 2005 WNBA Draft at No. 8 overall before trading her rights to the Silver Stars on draft day.

Head Coach Carey Green was anything but surprised at Frazee’s first round selection.

“I thought she was gifted and had that opportunity. She had a strong physique and exceptional shooting skills when she came in,” Green said.

Also, Coach Green and the entire Lady Flames organization realize that none of this is about them, but all about Megan.

“It’s not about me, but about her work ethic and desire. It’s about the skills and gifts God has blessed her with,” Green remarked.
“I’ll always be a Megan Frazee fan,” Coach Green said in
affirmation of his loyalty to his star player.

As a Liberty athlete, being drafted is something that does not happen very often. This is an undoubtedly an achievement for the Lady Flames organization, but Green believes that it has deeper significance.

“I think it’s more than an achievement for the Lady Flames. For her to be drafted makes a strong statement that we are second to none,” said Green, who has not only coached Frazee but has also helped her develop as a person since coming on board.

“We are always building Champions for Christ and that is with every curriculum, not just basketball,” he said.

Frazee herself is obviously excited about all that has been going on. She credits much of her success to her coaching staff and teammates but ultimately is grateful to God for her accomplishments.

“First of all, (I) obviously (thank) the Lord. He is the one who is allowing me to do all of this,” Frazee said.

Any time someone is drafted in the professional game out of high school or college there is a transition process that goes along with it. Frazee has made it perfectly clear that she understands that it will not be easy to adapt to the professional game nor will it be fast.

“I’m sure it’s even going to be bigger going from the college to the professional field,” Frazee said. “I’m expecting a learning curve. It’s going to take some time to adjust and acclimate to new teammates, a new system and a new coaching staff so I think I’m capable of doing it.”

Frazee also describes herself as a person that “loves to learn” and “loves the challenge”, and so her mindset going to San Antonio is to learn as much as she can and to just be teachable.
Being teachable should not be too difficult for Frazee, as the team she will be playing for is a winning one and has the experience necessary to keep their winning ways going. The players there know what it takes to win.

The San Antonio Silver Stars, who share a conference with the Los Angeles Sparks and the Sacramento Monarchs, are the defending Western Conference Champions. The experienced roster should aid Frazee in her transition from the Big South Conference to a rigorous WNBA lifestyle.

San Antonio is slated to make two national television appearances this season, both of which will be home games at the AT&T Center. ESPN2 will broadcast the Silver Stars’ June 23 contest against Phoenix and the team’s Aug. 29 game versus Detroit.

Contact Chris McNair at
cjmcnair@liberty.edu. 


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