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Report: Guard Keith Frazier returning to SMU program this season

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Per a report from, SMU’s backcourt rotation will return a talented option in 2015-16.

Keith Frazier, who was ruled academically ineligible for the remainder of the 2014-15 season in mid-January, has been cleared to return to the court for the Mustangs. While Frazier wasn’t allowed to play during the second half of last season he remained part of Larry Brown’s program, and Thursday’s news gives SMU another experienced player to call upon as they look to make a second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance.

Frazier averaged 10.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game last season, shooting nearly 45 percent from the field. Frazier reached double figures in nine games before being ruled ineligible in mid-January, including a 20-point outing in a win over UCSB in early December.

Frazier joins a backcourt led by senior point guard Nic Moore, with fellow juniors Ben Emelogu and Sterling Brown providing additional experience. The Mustangs also added three freshmen to their backcourt rotation in Sedrick Barefield, Shake Milton and Jarrey Foster. SMU’s front court will be led by redshirt senior Markus Kennedy, with transfers Jordan Tolbert and Semi Ojeleye eligible after sitting out last season.

SMU, which won the American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles last season, will once again be a favorite with UConn, Cincinnati and Tulsa expected to be in contention as well.

SMU guard Keith Frazier loses his appeal, still ineligible for rest of 2014-15 season

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Keith Frazier is officially done for the year.

On Friday, SMU head coach Larry Brown announced that the sophomore guard will remain ineligible for the remainder of the 2014-15 season, as his appeal was denied.

“As of now, he’s back in school and we’ve got everything in place for him to do the things he needs to graduate,” Brown said, via Bill Nichols of the Dallas Morning News. “I know that’s his goal.”

Frazier, the former McDonald’s All American, was ruled ineligible on Jan. 16. The loss of Frazier came just days after forward Justin Martin had elected to leave the program and turn pro.

The 6-foot-5 Frazier was averaging 10.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.

SMU hosts Houston on Saturday evening.

Report: NCAA has notified SMU of allegations

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Problems continued to surface for Larry Brown’s SMU basketball program on Friday.

Hours after it was announced that sophomore guard Keith Frazier would miss the rest of the season due to academic issues, confirmed a report from ESPN‘s Jeff Goodman and Andy Katz that SMU had been sent a Notice of Allegations by the NCAA. The accusations include academic improprieties.

From ESPN:

One of the allegations involves sophomore Keith Frazier’s academics as issues began when he was attempting to become eligible prior to his arrival at SMU, according to a source familiar with the allegations.

Sources told ESPN that assistant coach Ulric Maligi’s involvement with Frazier before the player enrolled in SMU has been under investigation.

Maligi, the third-year assistant coach, left the team indefinitely on Monday night. The star recruiter also helped SMU land Emmanuel Mudiay before he elected to pursue a professional career in China.

Frazier, who was averaging 10.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, isn’t the first Mustang to have eligibility issues this season. Markus Kennedy was academically ineligible for the first half of the season. Justin Martin, the Xavier transfer, left the program on Tuesday to turn pro, however, ESPN reported that his decision also stemmed from academic issues.

SMU hosts East Carolina on Saturday evening at 4 p.m. The Mustangs currently hold a 13-4 overall (4-1 American Athletic Conference) record.