While not officia, it's being reported that former University of Illinois player Chester Frazier will be the final assistantcoach hired to fill out Bruce Weber's staff at Kansas State. Frazier who is just 26 years old is currently playing professionally in Germany and will begin working in Manhattan when his team's season is complete.
The only coaching experience for Frazier is a previous stint as a graduate assistant/video coordinator following his playing career for Illinois. As a four year player under Weber at Illinois, Frazier was a solid but unspectacular performer as his highest single season scoring total was as a sophomore when he averaged 7.2 points per game.
Originally hailing from Baltimore, Frazier likely will be relied upon to try and bring in talent from the East Coast into K-State.
The hiring of Frazier would seem to show that Weber wants to have youth on his staff to help in his recruiting efforts. The previous assistant hired by Weber, Alvin Brooks III, is only 32 years himself but is said to have strong recruiting ties in the state of Texas.
While the individual hiring's by Weber can be easily criticized it is somewhat obvious what his overall plan was when putting together his staff. Top assistant Chris Lowery was likely hired to assist more in the game preparation and in-game coaching while helping a small amount in recruiting.
The additions of Brooks and Frazier, both of whom who have limited coaching experience, appear to be strictly for their ability to hopefully recruit talent into Manhattan for Weber and Lowery to work with.
K-State fans had better hope Weber knows what he is doing with these choices as the Wildcats will need immediate talent to step into the lineup in 2013 to replace departing seniors like Rodney McGruder, Jordan Henriquez and Martavious Irving.