A nightmare scenario for the Penn State Basketball team has become reality as senior point guard Tim Frazier will undergo surgery today to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon and will miss the remainder of the season.
Frazier was injured early on in the Nittany Lions’ final game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament against Akron this past Sunday. He only played six minutes, and the Nittany Lions struggled in his absence, losing the contest 85-60.
While the injury did not appear to be too serious at first as Frazier walked without assistance after the game, bad news was ultimately confirmed after team doctors took a look.
Basketball spokesperson Brian Siegrist confirmed this tough news in a tweet and went on to say that Frazier would be eligible to apply for a medical redshirt and return next season after only appearing in four games this year.
“Tim is a tremendous player, a great team leader and just a fantastic young man who put a ton of hard work into having a terrific senior season,” Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. “I have no doubt he will meet this challenge and will again be one of the top players in the nation.”
Frazier carried the team last season and appeared on some impressive preseason watch lists headed into the 2012-2013 campaign. He had developed a close relationship with second year head coach, who was letting Frazier run some team huddles and portions of practice to get more leadership experience.
Despite hardly playing on Sunday, Frazier was leading the team in points per game (16.3), assists per game (3.8), and steals per game (2.3).
It is tough to imagine this Nittany Lions team without Frazier, but it is now a challenge they will face for the remainder of the season. But if indications are correct, Penn State will have Frazier back for one more season in 2013-2014.