Rangy Plant sophomore Michael Frazier isn't on pace to merely set Hillsborough County's career scoring record, he's poised to shatter it.
A sleek 6-foot-3 wing player, Frazier scored 40 points -- two shy of Sheldon Cooley's single-game school record -- in the Panthers' 56-50 loss Wednesday at Spoto.
It was Frazier's second 40-point effort in three games. With no fewer than 10 contests remaining in his sophomore year, he already has 780 career points according to Coach Mike Phillips. Former Plant City star Russell Evans (2,540) is the county's alltime top scorer.
"The kid's just lighting it up," Phillips said. "Everybody is putting their best defender on him, everybody's sending two guys, sometimes three at him when he catches the ball. Nobody's played us triangle-and-2 or anything like that, it's been their best on Frazier trying to stop him that way."
An honor student who already has a scholarship offer from Ohio University, Frazier finished 13-for-23 from the floor Wednesday, and was perfect in 10 free-throw tries. He also had 11 rebounds and three blocks.
"We've really developed a close relationship," Phillips said. "We've been discussing what's good shots. Last night he took three ill-advised shots. ... He's learning how to shoot, learning how to wait and get the right shot off."