By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
While the Penn State football program has lost one of their quarterbacks to transfer, the men’s basketball team, on the other hand, has been able to keep one of its guards. Penn State and Tim Frazier have been granted a Medical Hardship Waiver by the NCAA.
The Medical Hardship Waiver will allow Frazier to return to the basketball team for the 2013-14 season. Frazier tore his ACL in his left leg in Penn State’s fourth game of this season, in the 2012-13 campaign.
In the 2011-12 season, he was the Big Ten Conference’s second leading scorer with 18.8 points per game. He was also leading the Nittany Lions with 21.7 points and 5 assists per game until the Akron game when he was injured.
“Tim has shown tremendous will, perseverance and leadership as he continues his rehabilitation from a very tough injury,” Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. “He is doing very well. We are thrilled for him that he will have the opportunity to finish his career strong and again place himself among the top players in the nation.”
With his return, he will be a 142 assists from breaking Penn State’s all-time career record. In the 2011-12 season, he had 17 20-point games within the conference and was averaging 19.6 points per game within the Big Ten.
In 2011-12, he became the first Nittany Lions player to have at least 500 points, a 150 assists, and 50 steals in a season.
Now with Frazier back in the fold, the team will have four of its top five scorers and rebounders back next season. With these players coming back, they will look to improve on their 10-21 record last season.
One of their 10 wins came in late February when they were able to upset eventual NCAA March Madness finalist Michigan. On February 27, the Nittany Lions were able to defeat the Wolverines, 84-78, on the Penn State campus.
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