Georgia junior J.J. Frazier has been selected as the State of Georgia's Men's College Basketball Player of the Year by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
Frazier, a 5-10, 155-pound, junior guard from Glennville, Ga., is the Bulldogs' leading scorer, both overall (16.3 ppg) and in SEC play (16.6 ppg). All told, Frazier is currently ranked among the SEC's top-10 statistical leaders in seven catgories. In addition to No. 8 in scoring, Frazier also is No. 4 in 3-point percentage (.418), No. 5 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5), No. 5 in steals (1.8 spg), No. 8 in free throw percentage (.787) and No. 9 in 3-pointers (2.4 3FGspg).
Through 27 games, Frazier has led Georgia in scoring 12 times, in assists 18 times and in steals 13 times – all team-best tallies. He has 20 double-digit scoring games, including 10 20-point performances. Frazier has season-high outputs of 35 points versus Georgia Tech, 10 rebounds against Winthrop and 11 assists at Baylor.
Frazier is the Bulldogs' eighth recipient of the state's top hoops honor. Vern Fleming was chosen in 1984, the initial year the award was given. Additional honorees include Jumaine Jones in 1999, Jarvis Hayes in both 2002 and 2003, Rashad Wright in 2004, Trey Thompkins in 2011 and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in 2013.
In addition to Frazier, Georgia's Joni Taylor was named the Whack Hyder Women's College Coach of the Year, Emory's Jason Zimmerman was named the Whack Hyder Men's College Coach of the Year and Georgia Tech's Aaliyah Whiteside was named the Women's College Player of the Year.
Taylor has had an impressive first year at the helm of the program, as the team has its eyes set on returning to the NCAA Tournament. Among other accomplishments, Taylor has guided Georgia to a 9-7 mark in the rigorous SEC this season, compiling five wins over ranked teams for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign.
“It is truly an honor to be named the Whack Hyder Georgia Women’s College Coach of the Year by the Atlanta Tipoff Club,” Taylor said. “This is a basketball rich state with very talented players and deserving coaches who have helped elevate our game in so many ways."
Taylor has also put an emphasis on community involvement this season, as evidenced in the award-winning Beyond Basketball group she created as an outreach to women in the Athens community. In addition to the team’s annual Bike Build, Georgia has also adopted the fifth-grade class at Stroud Elementary in Athens, where the team routinely visits throughout the year.
On the court, Taylor’s team is set to open play in the 2016 SEC Tournament on Thursday night in Jacksonville, Florida. The Lady Bulldogs are a No. 6 seed and have won seven of their last nine games entering this year’s tournament.
“These individuals are a huge part of the state of Georgia’s continued tradition of athletic excellence,” said Eric Oberman, executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club. “Their contributions to the game of basketball and to their communities have been impressive. We’re proud to honor these athletes and coaches who represent our state and sport so well.”
The Atlanta Tipoff Club will recognize the recipients at the annual awards program on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at the College Football Hall of Fame. Guests are encouraged to arrive early and tour the Hall before moving to the playing field at 4:00 p.m. for light refreshments and the ceremony. For more information on the event, please visit nasimithtrophy.com.