Rolando Frazer

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Rolando Frazer (born July 3, 1958 in Panama City, Panama) is a former basketball player.

Frazer, a native of Panama City, Panama, led the nation (all divisions) in scoring his junior year when he averaged 36.4 points per game. He was recruited by Ray Nacke to play collegiate basketball at Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, IA. At Briar Cliff, he was a three-time NAIA first-team All-American, concluded his career as the state of Iowa's all-time scoring leader with 3,078 points. He was the first player in the history of Iowa college basketball to score 3,000 career points, and he is the only Briar Cliff athlete to have been recognized as a three-time first-team NAIA All-American. He was cited as an NAIA All-American honorable mention as a freshman when he averaged 15.6 points per game as a sixth man. Frazer averaged 26.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and shot 60.5 percent from the floor during his career. He owns 14 of Briar Cliff's top twenty-five individual scoring performances, including his career best 56-point outburst against Northwestern on February 13, 1980. The 6-foot-6-inch forward continues to hold the Chargers' career rebounding record with 1,110 caroms. He averaged 30.1 points as a senior when the Chargers finished 27-3 and were the number one rated team in the final NAIA top twenty poll. During Frazer's illustrious career, Briar Cliff posted an overall record of 101-17. In 1981, Frazer shared the George Clarkson Award with Drake's Lewis Lloyd. The Clarkson Award is presented annually to Iowa's best collegiate basketball player. He first gained a spot on the Panamanian Olympic team as a 15-year-old in only his second season of organized basketball. He was an inaugural inductee of the Briar Cliff Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991. [1]

Frazer was cited in numerous national publications throughout his career. The February 2, 1981 issue of Sports Illustrated featured Frazer in a college basketball article entitled "Pride of the Panama Pipeline." In 1979, Frazer was named team captain of an NAIA all-star squad that toured Argentina and Brazil. Frazer took game scoring honors (19 points) in Panama's 93-88 setback to Bobby Knight's United States team in the 1979 Pan Am Games. In 1987, Frazer returned to the United States to represent Panama in the 1987 Pan Am Games in Indianapolis. A fourth round NBA draft choice by the Indiana Pacers in 1981,[2]

A 2.01 m tall power forward, he was the 1982 FIBA World Championship MVP, as the Panama national basketball team finished in an all-time best ninth position. Together with Mario Butler, they were the leaders of a competitive Panamanian national team in the 80's. Frazer played most of his career in the Puerto Rican league, and spent three years in the Liga ACB.


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