Batavia girls basketball forward Hannah Frazier enjoyed a breakout sophomore year, though the 6-foot-2 post force was able to be a secondary threat behind reigning Kane County Chronicle Girls Basketball of the Year Liza Fruendt, who has since graduated. This summer, Frazier is working toward becoming a go-to performer for the Bulldogs, having played with Batavia’s summer team in June and now focusing on AAU basketball with the Midwest Elite, a Deerfield-based team that has upcoming tournaments in Washington, D.C., and Augusta, Georgia. In this week’s Weekend Chit-chat, Frazier spoke with Chronicle sports editor Jay Schwab about her AAU season and moving on now that Fruendt is at Missouri State. The following is an edited transcript:
How did you get involved with Midwest Elite?
Actually I used to play for a club called Illinois Lady Lightning and we just decided it wasn’t a great fit for my next two years so we were looking around, and I know a lot of my friends who play at other schools recommended Midwest Elite to us and we tried it out. … And we just really liked the coaches and the program, and decided it would be a good fit.
Believe you just played an event at McCormick Place (in Chicago); how did that go?
It went really well. As a program I think we had three losses but for my team we were 4-1 and we did really well. I think it was a good tournament overall.
What would you say are the biggest differences between AAU and high school ball?
I just think level of play is different because in high school there are some good players on every team but very rarely do you ever have a full team of all high level, college level, basketball players. That’s why club is so exciting. You’re going to get seen a lot more and play against good competition almost all the time.
How’d things go playing without Liza in June with the summer team?
It was interesting to see how our team responded to not having [Fruendt] because we depended on her a lot to score and be kind of a team leader. So we did well, I think, better than I think a lot of people expected us to because they didn’t realize we do have a lot of other people who can step up, and I think a lot of people did that. We did well for not having our biggest scorer from [last] season.
Along those lines, I’m sure you’ll be much more of a focal point for defenses next year. How do you plan to rise to that challenge?
We’ve been doing a lot as a team, a lot of our focus over our summer camp and a lot of what we do has been all about defense and getting faster and stronger and more able to stop teams from scoring because if you’re not going to be able to score a lot, you better not let the other team [score]. But I think we will have an offensive threat. You’ve got to be able to do both. … I think our team will be pretty great this year.
Do you have a favorite summer activity, not counting basketball?
I don’t know that I really have one. I guess hanging out with my friends because when you’re traveling a lot you don’t see them a ton, but that’s what I do with my free time.