Penn State senior guard Tim Frazier will miss the rest of the basketball season due to a ruptured left Achilles tendon.
He had surgery Tuesday which, according to team officials, was successful.
“Obviously, my heart goes out to Tim Frazier,” Coach Patrick Chambers said. “Since my short time here, he has done everything I’ve asked him to do – and then some."
Frazier was injured during a tournament game Sunday in Puerto Rico. Penn State physicians diagnosed the injury upon the team's return to State College on Monday.
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Frazier, a preseason All-Big Ten selection, will be permitted to apply for a medical redshirt or “ Hardship Waiver” at season’s end. By NCAA rule, a player is eligible only if the player has not participated in more than 30 percent of the institution’s scheduled or completed contests. Frazier has only competed in four of his team’s 30 scheduled contests.
“He’s resilient. He will persevere," Chamber said. "He will rebound from this injury. And he will come back bigger, better and stronger – which is scary."
Frazier, a preseason candidate for both the Wooden and Naismith National Player of the Year awards, was injured with 14:30 left in the first half of Penn State’s final game on Sunday in the Puerto Rico Tip-off tournament in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
Frazier was leading the Lions with 21.7 points and five assists per game. Last season, he led Penn State in points, rebounds and assists.
Chambers said he spent some time with Frazier over the two days following the injury, counseling him on overcoming adversity. Chambers even used examples from his own life.
The injury, Chambers said, could keep Frazier out for six to 12 months.
“There’s going to be good days and there’s going to be bad (days),” Chambers said. “We’re going to be here for him and that’s what you do as a program, as a family, as a staff, as a team.”
But, Chambers said he wouldn’t let his team feel sorry for itself, even with its leader down.
“(Tim) had a great summer and a great preseason, that’s why you feel for him,” Chambers said. “(But) I don’t feel for my team. I don’t feel sorry for these guys, they don’t feel sorry (for themselves) – there’s no excuses here.”
Players D.J. Newbill and Jermaine Marshall followed their coach’s lead.
“It’s unfortunate,” Newbill said. “(Tim’s) one of the biggest leaders on the team. But now we just have to move forward. We feel for Tim and we just have to keep working hard. This season has to go on.”
Penn State will face Bucknell at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Bryce Jordan Center.
Bucknell coach Dave Paulsen was saddened when he heard the news.
“I feel just awful for Tim and for Pat and the whole Penn State team,” Paulsen said. “You just hate to see that happen to any kid, but certainly one that’s meant so much to Penn State.”