At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over a hundred players from North Carolina went on to play at the Division I, II, III, or NAIA levels, and that number looks likely to continue increasing with the current senior class. Typically, we take a closer look at guys who are overlooked and under-recruited, and today’s edition will highlight Max Frazier of Northwood High School.
We’ve seen Frazier throughout his high school journey, recently stating, “Starting with Frazier, whose appeal should be obvious as a long, bouncy 6-foot-8 forward with sharp instincts as a rebounder and shot-blocker. He’s a fluid athlete who moves very well for his size and doesn’t necessarily require a ton of touches to make his presence felt. Frazier utilizes his insane length to consistently force opponents to think twice about attempting shots within his area. He protects the rim effectively from opposing finishers, but can also accumulate deflections and block jumpers when closing out on perimeter shooters. Offensively, Frazier typically operates around the basket and looks to apply pressure within five to ten feet. He’s a capable shooting threat but finds most of his scoring production through touch in the post or finishing above the rim. Additionally, Frazier poses a constant threat for lobs, putbacks, and crowd-pleasing dunks. He absolutely should have more action within his recruitment, as Frazier is clearly a difference-maker at the next level.”
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to make sense of Frazier’s lack of recruitment, especially given the context of his production. As a major cog for one of the top programs in North Carolina, Frazier has helped lead Northwood to a 15-2 record while making them a clear favorite to win a state championship. While his per-game numbers don’t necessarily pop off the page, Frazier is the type of guy who doesn’t require a ton of touches to make a lasting impression. His length, instincts, and generally bouncy nature allow him to consistently outplay opponents on both ends of the floor. Frazier can finish around the basket or above the rim and lurks extremely well for lobs and putbacks. He moves with incredible fluidity for his size. Frazier can knock down the occasional jumper if needed, but mainly prioritizes dominating a game as a rebounder and rim-protector. His ability to affect the game in a reliable, yet low-maintenance manner is a massive part of what should make him so appealing to college coaches.