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December 10, 2004Bobby Frasor is busy focusing on his senior season. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound combo guard from Brother Rice High School in Chicago verbally committed to North Carolina months ago and made his official visit to Chapel Hill in mid-October.
But, Frasor couldn't resist the chance to return to UNC one more time before next season. Not with the chance to actually see the Dean Dome packed for a big game.
Frasor attended UNC's 91-78 win over Kentucky last Saturday in front of a sold-out crowd of 21,750 fans.
"I hadn't seen a game there before and I really wanted to," Frasor said. "I had pictured what it would be like and it was awesome seeing all the fans. It was really loud."
UNC raced out to a 24-6 lead and never trailed.
"They came out rebounding very well and were able to create a lot of easy points," Frasor said. "They had some lapses in the second half and Kentucky was able to get back into the game. If they eliminate those lapses it would have been a blowout."
Frasor hung out with UNC freshmen Quentin Thomas and Marvin Williams after the game. When Thomas and Williams headed for a study session later that night, Frasor returned to the Dean Dome and took some jump shots by himself on the court.
"Except for some guys cleaning the gym, it was just me out there," Frasor said. "It was pretty cool."
Brother Rice has won four straight games after losing its season opener and Frasor is finding himself handling a lot more responsibilities on the court this season.
"We are doing pretty good," Frasor said. "I'm scoring a lot more, which was expected because we lost another guard, and I'm having fun. I'll keep having fun as long as we are winning.
"We really need another guard. In our loss the other team would send two players at me and keep me from getting the ball. But, we have some better inside players and it's nice to be able to throw the ball inside and get some scoring there. I definitely think we will go farther in the playoffs this year."
Frasor watched future teammate Tyler Hansbrough, a senior from Poplar Bluff (Mo.) who has also signed with UNC, play on national television Thursday night against Lawrence North and their highly-touted center Greg Oden, who is ranked the No. 1 prospect from the class of 2006.
Lawrence North beat Poplar Bluff 56-40. Oden and Hansbrough each scored 16 points.
"It was tough to tell what Tyler could do because they were playing a lot of zone," Frasor said. "But, he stepped up and made some nice shots. He battled and competed hard."