Tim Frazier has been granted a medical hardship waiver by the NCAA, giving the Penn State senior an additional season of eligibility for the 2013-2014 season.
The Nittany Lions went 8-20 last season (10-21 overall) after Frazier ruptured his left Achilles tendon Nov. 18 in Puerto Rico against Akron.
In his absence, D.J. Newbill and Jermaine Marshall emerged, but Penn State still struggled in the Big Ten, starting 0-14 in conference play before upsetting then-No. 4 Michigan in February and finishing 2-16 overall.
Frazier’s return could give Penn State a formidable backcourt if the 6-foot-1 point guard, who began running under his own weight in March, returns near his former ability.
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“Tim has shown tremendous will, perseverance and leadership as he continues his rehabilitation from a very tough injury,” Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said.
“He is doing very well. We are thrilled for him that he will have the opportunity to finish his career strong and again place himself among the top players in the nation.”
Frazier will join Newbill (16.3) and Marshall (15.3) who are the top two returning scorers in the Big Ten after Trey Burke (Michigan), Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State) and Cody Zeller (Indiana) declared for the NBA Draft.
Frazier (18.8) was the second leading scorer in the Big Ten in 2011-12 and led Penn State in points, rebounds, assists and steals that season.
According to a team release, he is now running and jumping rope and is expected to be a full participant in Penn State’s off-season conditioning and practice program by mid-summer.
Frazier took to Twitter on Wednesday to express his feelings about having one last season at Penn State.
“It’s official! I’m back for another year at Penn State!!,” the tweet read. “My redshirt was approved and I can’t wait to spend my last year of ball here!”