So I'm loitering around a few NBA scouts the other day. These are guys who go all over the Midwest checking out players and filing reports. It's frightening how well they can break down everyone's game with one or two views.
I'm not saying they're looking at Illinois senior guard Chester Frazier as an NBA prospect. Not many 6-foot-2 guys averaging 5.3 points per game make it in The League. But here's what one scout said, more or less (I didn't write it down), and the others agreed:
"The test for whether you can make the NBA is if you can score on Chester Frazier."
Frazier, if you haven't been paying attention (and the NBA scouts have), has been shutting down guys of all shapes and sizes. You'll know who Illinois regards as the bigger Northwestern threat tonight by whether Frazier guards Craig Moore or Kevin Coble.
Anyway, here's what recent Frazier defendees have done in reverse chronological order:
--Purdue's E'Twaun Moore: 6 points on 2-for-9 shooting.
--Wisconsin's Trevon Hughes: 0 points on 0-for-7 shooting.
--I can't remember who he guarded against Iowa. Might've been Peterson, who was really quick and got 12 points (on 5 of 13 shooting) with 6 assists.
--Hughes: 13 points on 5 of 13 shooting. 1 assist.
--OSU's Evan Turner: 4 points on 2-of-7 shooting. Since that game, Turner has been on a rampage and made himself a favorite for Big Ten Player of the Year.
--MSU's Kalin Lucas: 10 points on 3 of 13 shooting.
And so on and so forth. Let's just say that Purdue's Chris Kramer is a terrific, meticulous, ferocious, PHYSICAL defender. He deserved his Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year award last season.
Chester Frazier deserves it this year.
And, for those intrigued by fun-loving Illinois junior forward Dominique Keller, my guy Paul Klee of the Champaign News-Gazette penned a feature on him. It concludes by revealing Dominique's unique middle name...which a certain local school might want to change him a trademark fee. Or, it should have recruited him.
Wait, one more bonus read: This comes from the Daily Northwestern's Matt Forman about senior guard Craig "Just a Killer" Moore.