Former Student-Athlete Dee Frazier Helps Give Basketball Players Second Chance

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Some high school hoops players don’t garner the type of college attention they desire. Therefore, after graduation, they seek out a program that can assist them both athletically and academically, hoping to increase their odds of landed a basketball scholarship. That’s where Daryl Dee Frazier, a former two-sport high school student-athlete in New York City, steps in to lend a helping hand.

Frazier runs and coaches at the Frazier Sports Academy in Rock Hill, South Carolina, a post-graduate basketball program that provides athletes with a year of hoops training and competition, along with academic support.

Seeing a lack of concern for basketball players’ post-high school career by NYC coaches, Frazier decided to follow his dream, and help them increase their exposer in the process.

“I always wanted to do something in sports management,” said Frazier, who founded the sports academy in May of 2013. “A lot of basketball coaches in NYC use players for their talent to win ballgames. They don’t help with their school. After graduation, they give the torch to next young player.”

Though only in its infancy, the program seems to be working. Before entering the program, only two of the 11 players had garnered college interest. Presently, eight are entertaining college offers, according to Frazier. Coah Bolo

Jamal Pollydore—a former high school combo guard who’s on the verge of committing to a school in Rochester, New York, on a partial scholarship—credits Frazier Sports Academy for being the difference maker in his recruiting process.

“Workouts everyday helped my conditioning, but coach Frazier’s individual workouts helped improve my skill work,” Pollydore said. “Then you have (college) coaches in the gym watching practice, so you’re trying to impress them, too. I’m waiting for more offers, but I’m leaning toward Monroe Community College.”

Each player pays a reasonable fee, which covers rent, travel, game costs, uniforms, two pairs of sneakers, sweatshirts, warmup suits and a laptop, which is used to Skype with an online creditor who helps prepare them for the SAT and ACT exams.

In addition, the Sports Academy has partnered with Clinton College in Rock Hill, which, for just $2 a day, provides the athletes with three meals.

The program operates from September to April, and it competes in a minimum of 25 games, with an elevation period from September to October in which at least two area college coaches scout players during each practice.

Kay Labrew

Brownsville native Kay Labrew lays in two points for Team Dream. Photo credit Frazier Sports Academy.

When the Sports Academy is over for the season, Frazier runs a Pro/Am summer league team, Team Dream, in which it travels to top basketball tournaments all over the East Coast.

A few of his players have included former Louisville Cardinal Russ Smith, whom the NBA New Orleans Pelicans recently assigned to their D-League squad—the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Plus, overseas point guard Kay Labrew, a Brooklyn native.

While the ambitious Bed Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, resident is on the young side, it hasn’t stopped him from gaining the respect of his players and people on the basketball scene. That’s because it seems as if he’s just looking to make a good name for himself in basketball while looking out for his players’ best interest.

“A lot of people just look at me as a young guy working hard to make it in the basketball world,” the soon-to-be 21-year-old business major said. “They see me as a young guy achieving his goals, instead of a guy looking to get over.”

About the author

Jerry Del Priore is a veteran freelance sports writer from Brooklyn, New York, who covers a variety of professional, college and high school sports for a number of print and digital publications. In addition, Del Priore is the author of Running Through Roadblocks: Inspirational Stories of Twenty Courageous Athletic Warriors, available on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

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