By DAVID GRAVELY
SWT Sports Editor
Just a few short years ago, baseball and basketball fans enjoyed watching Tyler Frazier as he worked on the court and field. A dependable athlete with a solid work ethic, he was always a player the coaches could count on to give one hundred percent.
His younger brother is coming of age, and it appears that Pulaski County will get to see that same type determination, just in a somewhat larger frame, as Jaden Frazier gets ready to start his final year at Dublin Middle School.
The rising eighth grader is currently 6’5″ tall and tips the scales at 160 plus pounds. There were only two other players in the tournament who were close to his height, with both of them sitting at 6’4″. His father Chris Frazier is 6’9″. Jaden is still, much to the delight of his future coaches, a growing boy.
Summer time has been no vacation in the Frazier household…..at least not for the past several years.
Active in both basketball and baseball, Jaden plays on several travel and AAU teams between the New River Valley and Roanoke. This past weekend, he was in Concord, NC for the American Youth Basketball Association (AYBA) National Championships.
Playing for the Virginia Terriers, a team from Roanoke made up of players from Northside, Glenvar, William Byrd, and Staunton River, Jaden faced some of the top competition in the country. After winning the Virginia State tournament recently, the Terriers were placed in Division 1, made up of the top six teams in the nation. That included the Flex All-Stars from Louden, VA, the CB Spiders and the Carolina Cagers from South Carolina, Delaware’s Finest from Delaware, and the Crossville Flight from Tennessee.
In the opening game the Terriers defeated expected tournament favorite CB Spiders by a final score of 79-57. A close game ended up in their first loss at the hands of the Crossville Flight, 61-63. The Terriers rebounded for an overtime win in their next game, taking down the Carolina Cagers by a final score of 79-73. The tournament semi-finals found them getting a taste of revenge, as they defeated Crossville 71-58. In the championship game, the CB Spiders got a little revenge of their own, winning by a final score of 67-60 to win the trophy.
Finishing the tournament as the National Runners-up, Frazier was also honored as the MVP of the game from their come from behind win over the Cagers. In that game he scored 18 points, had 15 rebounds, and had three blocked shots.
With this round of basketball over for now, Frazier will now spend the remainder of his summer focused on baseball. He’ll be playing as a member of the Pulaski East 13-14 year old team, which will be traveling to Franklin County soon. Jaden has also played for the Pirates, coached by Tim Kirtner and Joe Blankenship.