Former Fordham PG visits Nets' practice facility ahead of Thursday's NBA Draft
Branden Frazier got a special opportunity Tuesday - a chance to workout for his hometown Brooklyn Nets and take a step towards playing in the NBA, something he says he's always dreamed of.
"I think I did pretty well, he said. "There's a lot of shooting stuff I could have done better with, but it's about working."
Frazier is trying to become the fourth Fordham Ram to play professional basketball in the last four years, and the first to make the NBA since Smush Parker signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2002. He'd also be the sixth player Fordham Head Coach Tom Pecora has guided to the NBA or NBA D-League in his 30-year coaching career.
"He's helped me out a lot," Frazier said of Pecora. "Going into Fordham, 17 years-old, he grew me to be the man I am right now. He was like a father figure to me."
Frazier and Pecora arrived in the Bronx simultaneously in the fall of 2010, trying to turn around a program that went just 2-26 the year before. While he said it's always important to play like he has something to prove, he mentioned playing for a team without a national audience makes that especially true.
"There were a lot of guys out here in the workout that were at bigger schools than Fordham," Frazier said. "I probably walked in the gym and no one knew who I was."
One of the people who did know who he was, however, happened to be one of the players Frazier watched growing up - Head Coach Jason Kidd.
"It got the jitters out a little bit," he said, "but seeing him, his demeanor, and what type of guy he was - that was great."
The Nets do not currently have a pick in this year's Draft, but do have $2 million to spend on one if they would like. The most likely scenario for Frazier to join the league would be as an Undrafted Free Agent - the same route Smush Parker took.