Senior Spotlight: Marist's Frazier willing to do whatever it takes to win

Source:  NJ.com

If you’re wondering where Breyanna Frazier might be, be sure to check out Marist High School’s gym.

Any free moment Frazier gets, she makes sure to take advantage of the opportunity to get better.

For instance, last Easter Sunday, Frazier called Marist head coach Reggie Quinn and asked if he could open up the gym for her to get a workout in.

So, while the rest of Frazier’s family was at home preparing food for the holiday, the soon-to-be four-year varsity girls basketball star of Marist was focusing on crafting her game.

“I didn’t want to waste my time staring at the wall,” Frazier laughed. “My family was making food inside the house, which meant there would be food when I get back home after the workout.”

Frazier’s mindset this summer hasn’t changed. Her impressive junior averages of 17.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 2.3 steals are now a thing of the past.

That’s why the likes of IllinoisCentral FloridaKentuckyButlerRutgers, among others, have continued to call. Frazier plans on making her commitment sometime in September.

But for now, Frazier’s focused on doing whatever it takes to get Marist back to the Hudson County Tournament final.

“I feel like (last season) helped me grow because we faced adversity for the first time,” Frazier said. “We were so used to winning and not losing, and this past year everybody was after us. I feel like I grew up as a leader and I was more focused. I have to use what I learned last year and be more consistent and take advantage of this opportunity. We need to come in hungry and ready to compete. I feel like the players we have coming in are players that want to win. So, that’s a bonus and it’s going to help us.”

Marist finished with a 13-11 record, which included an HCT semifinal appearance before falling to eventual champion Lincoln, 50-41. However, according to Quinn, Marist was in every part of that game.

“We didn’t make enough shots to help Breyanna,” Quinn said. “That’s going to be the challenge this year. We need to make sure we have shooters around her. Seeing how the kids coming back are improving and what we are adding, we are definitely a championship caliber team. I would definitely like to win one for Breyanna because she puts everything out every night. And that’s her goal. That’s all she talked about all summer is winning a championship.”

Marist will return senior Ciara Castillo, who played most of last season with a knee injury, juniors Nia Scott and Serenity Jackson, to go along with four incoming freshmen who Quinn expects to be key contributors on a nightly basis for the Royal Knights.

“She just needs to trust her teammates more,” Quinn said of Frazier. “What’s great about her is that she can do a lot of things, but she tends to press when we get down. That’s just from wanting to win. But with the younger players getting better, she can trust them more and she doesn’t feel like she has to do it all by herself.”

Any opportunity Frazier gets to be in the gym, she won’t hesitate. She knows her points and assists can go up. She feels like she needs to be more aggressive in clutch moments. The importance of getting her teammates involved and engaged in the game? Yes, she knows she needs to do that, too.

Leading the county in scoring? Nah, that’s not on her bucket list.

The goal? To be a champion.

“Whatever it takes to win,” she said. “That’s what I will do this year.”