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Frazier soaks up skills from best

Penn State point guard Tim Frazier wasn't a national name this time a year ago. A sensational junior season and a strong showing in front of professional scouts this past weekend at the Nike Deron Williams Skills Academy in Chicago have changed that.

Tim Frazier honed his distribution skills at the Nike Deron Williams camp last weekend.

"I think people can really know who the guy from Penn State is," Frazier said Tuesday. "I feel like I was able to make a big enough noise for people to realize we have a great program. But it was an honor just to even be there."

Frazier and the other college guards at the three-day camp split their time between drills and running 4-on-4 and 5-on-5 with big men from the nearby Amare Stoudemire camp. He got to play against and alongside fellow Big Ten stars Trey Burke of Michigan and Deshaun Thomas of Ohio State.

"It's definitely weird," Frazier said. "When you play against them, you know them as competing against them and seeing them on film. You haven't seen them as teammates."

Frazier was able to develop a strong rapport with Thomas as well as North Texas forward Tony Mitchell, a projected first-round pick in next year's NBA Draft. His major focus during the week was getting his big men the ball in the right spots on the floor and firing passes that hit their "shooting pockets."

He also picked the brain of Boston Celtics assistant Kevin Eastman, who instructed Frazier and other players on "some of the things" Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo -- a player similar in body type and tempo to the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Frazier -- does. The host of the camp, Williams himself, could not participate in games due to the terms of his contract but demonstrated things like post-up moves and ball screens answered any questions the players had, Frazier said.

One of just two seniors on Penn State's roster, Frazier will now turn his attention to summer workouts, which will include plenty of informal pickup games, and helping true freshmen Akosa Maduegbunam, Brandon Taylor and Donovon Jack get ready for the season.

"It's the same thing it's always been -- get better each day," Frazier said. "We're going to ease the freshmen in, get them used to the pace of things. It's something new they haven't done. It's all going to be new to them."

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