On Tuesday morning, news emerged from Penn State that senior guard Tim Frazier is now done for the season.
The Nittany Lions’ athletic department released a statement saying that Frazier has undergone surgery for a ruptured Achilles tendon and will miss the remainder of the year.
The news is simply devastating for a Penn State squad that needed every morsel of Frazier’s production.
The 6-foot-1 native of Houston, Texas is one of the rising stars, not only in the Big Ten, but in the country. Frazier had been averaging 16.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game this season.
Frazier’s scoring average however, is a little jagged considering he went down with the injury just six minutes into the team’s loss to Akron on Sunday. Frazier had yet to score in the game. Prior to Sunday’s contest, he had been averaging 21.7 points per game.
The Nittany Lions finished their participation in the 2012 Puerto Rico Tip-Off with a 1-2 mark overall as they prepare for Bucknell on Friday. Penn State currently sits at 2-2 overall.
The loss of Frazier however, is more than devastating to the Nittany Lions’ potential this season. While Penn State had expectations of finishing near the bottom of the Big Ten regardless, Frazier had showcased the ability to carry this squad at times. Without his production, head coach Pat Chambers is facing a long road ahead.
If there is any positives to take from Frazier’s injury it is the fact that he has yet to redshirt since arriving on the Penn State campus prior to the 2009-10 season. Expect that to be the case for the senior guard this season, which would likely allow him to return to the Nittany Lions in 2013-14 if he so chooses.
Penn State and Bucknell will tip-off on Friday, Nov. 23 at 4:30pm EST.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @PaulSeaverRS