Trent Frazier earns second Big Ten Freshman of the Week accolade
Illinois mens basketball fell 74 to 52 to Penn State Sunday night, but brighter news coming Monday morning.
Another accolade coming to the program as Trent Frazier was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week.
The award marks the second time this season Frazier has earned the honor.
Frazier had a career night against Wisconsin scoring a career high 32 points including going 7-11 from 3 point range.
Penn State head coach Pat Chambers spent a lot of time getting the Nittany Lions prepared to take on the talented point guard.
"Trent's really good. I mean the 32 points against Wisconsin, WOW! That was not fun to watch for the coach that's coming in and scouting it," said Chambers. "He's a terrific basketball player. He's a freshman, he's only going to continue to get better."
Illini fans will be counting on Frazier to continue to get better and for other pieces to step up in future seasons.
The emphasis now must be placed on patience. Something both head coaches touched on during last nights post game press conference.
"We're young. We're young and we're gonna develop," said Illinois head coach Brad Underwood. "I tell everybody this all the time, you can't become great until you've dealt with adversity. Until you've had to go through some struggles to become great."
"It's not going to happen overnight. It just doesn't. That's not how it works anymore," added Pat Chambers on Illinois' 2-11 season in the Big Ten. "With transfers and how recruiting is now, you've just gotta be patient and let Brad do his thing. He's got a great staff too but he'll get there for sure."
Illinois has just five games remaining in the regular season. Next up is a road trip to Indiana on Wednesday, February 14th.