Transfer enjoys his time with talented Eagles

Chad Frazier knows what it feels like to try and do it all.

Last year, as a junior at Metrolina Christian, Frazier averaged 25 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals on a Warrior team that had to outscore most teams to have a chance to win.

This year, while Frazier's numbers - 21 points, five rebounds and four assists per game - haven't fallen off a lot, the talent on his new First Assembly team is much better.

That has allowed the 6-foot-3 senior guard to improve his overall game.

"I had some talent on my team last year," said Frazier. "But we felt like we had to do it all and score 30-40 points a night. It's a much better feeling and experience to be on a team, like First Assembly, where there is a lot of talent across the board."

That talent, led by Frazier, has taken the Eagles to a perfect 10-0 start, despite losing four starters, including all-state point guard Kyle Grisby, from a team that went 29-2 before losing in the state championship game to Victory Christian.

"I don't think we really knew what to expect coming into this season," said First Assembly basketball coach Dave Murr. "We definitely knew we had some pieces, but we weren't sure how they would fit together."

So far, the main two pieces have been Frazier and 6-foot-3 guard Codi Miller, who is averaging 18 points per game.

"Having Codi as the point guard is like having a second coach on the floor," said Frazier of his teammate. "It takes a lot of pressure off me and allows me to do more of the overall things I can do on the court."

The duo is combining for nearly half of the Eagles' 80 points per game.

Frazier and Miller led First Assembly to the David Wright Holiday Classic title at Cherryville High. The Eagles beat public school power houses, Belmont South Point, Hickory Ridge and Cherryville in succession to win the tournament.

Frazier was at his best when it mattered most, scoring 38 points in the 71-59 win against the Ragin' Bulls. Then, he followed that up with a 20-point effort in the 80-73 championship win.

"Winning the tournament was a great experience for us," said Frazier. "We had played a weaker schedule to start the season, but in the Cherryville tournament, we proved we could beat a lot of good public schools. It was a big boast for us."

Frazier and company will use that momentum as they go into the meat of their Metrolina Conference schedule, where the Eagles have been nearly unbeatable the past two seasons, winning back-to-back league titles with a 26-1 record.

Frazier hopes to be a big part of that success with Miller and a wealth of other backcourt talent that also includes senior Zac Cantadore and Olympic High transfer Dante Simmons.

"We're definitely a guard-oriented team this year, much more so than we have been in the past," said Murr. "Our backcourt, gives us a lot of options and ways that we can attack and beat our opponents."

Frazier is still the top option.

He is currently being recruited by College of Charleston, Elon, Mount St. Mary's, UNC Greensboro and Wagner. While his focus is on becoming a better player and finding a college team that fits him best, he also wants to win a conference and maybe more in the meantime.

"Right now, we are just trying to play every game, stay undefeated and make a run at states," he said. "I think if we do all of that, everything else will come."