Wellington’s Trent Frazier named All-Area basketball player of year

Trent Frazier’s basketball resumé is an impressive one.

The Wellington guard and two-time Big Schools Boys Basketball Player of the Year has won three district championships, two regional championships and a state title during his three seasons with the Wolverines.

He also holds the school’s career and single-game scoring records, is ranked among the nation’s top Class of 2017 basketball recruitsand signed a letter of intent to play college basketball at Illinois in November.

“My game has gone to a whole other level since my freshman year,” said Frazier, a four-star recruit who joined the Wolverines as a sophomore and helped lead them to the Class 8A state title that season. “The coaching staff has kept me in the gym, working on my skills to get better every day.”

Frazier’s work ethic is unmatched, according to Wolverines coach Matt Colin, and has helped mold the 6-foot-2 senior into one of the nation’s top high school basketball players.

This season, Frazier averaged a career-best 27.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists. He scored a school-record 51 points in a win against Seminole Ridge in January, and had a game-high 32 points in the Wolverines’ 52-50 loss to Kissimmee-Osceola in the Class 9A state semifinals. Osceola went on to win the state title.

“He has the highest skill level and work ethic of any player in the history of the school, coupled with the unique ability to score at will,” Colin said of Frazier. “But he’s also unselfish in willing to give the ball up to make the right play to help his team win. He understands winning is the ultimate goal, and he does what’s best for the team.”

Colin doesn’t expect that to change in college.

The Wolverines’ coach expects big things from Frazier, who drew numerous Division I offers before choosing Illinois.

“I see him at the college level being able to do a lot of the same things he is able to do on the high school level, only he will get bigger, faster, stronger and more athletic,” Colin said.

“Trent is a gym rat, and if he has the keys to the gym, he will be there all night. I think he has a chance to make the Big Ten All-Freshman team, and then down the road as he continues to work, make the All-American team some day.”

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