Illinois Basketball: The good, the bad, and the expectations for Trent Frazier

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Jan 29, 2021; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini guard Trent Frazier (1) makes a three point basket against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the second half at the State Farm Center. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

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I would not change much about Trent Frazier’s game. He has everything I want in a basketball player, but if I had to point out something, I would say his shooting can still use a little work.

Just two years ago, Frazier shot 32.7% from the field, which is a pretty bad number. He bumped that up to 40% this past season, though. While the 7.3% increase in shooting is great to see, Frazier is still not hitting shots at a high enough clip.

If you look at the players on the Illinois basketball team who averaged at least 10 minutes per game last season, Frazier would have the second-worst shooting percentage for the Orange and Blue. The only player worse was Adam Miller, who hit 39.1% of his shots.

A big reason for Frazier’s low shooting percentage is due to the fact the majority of his shots are from three-point range. Out of the 7.9 shots per game last season, 4.9 shots were from behind the three-point arc.

Honestly, though, this isn’t a huge issue with me. Frazier’s main object is defense and energy. On the offensive end, he is a three-point shooter. That is what he does. So, his shooter percentage is naturally going to be lower. I actually wouldn’t change what Frazier is doing one bit.

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