Hannah Frazier stands to answer the question “What’s a Billiken?” for the next several years, and perhaps the rest of her lifetime.
Her no-doubt-about-it visit to St. Louis University, the school with that 20th century charm doll nickname, made it so for the Batavia girls basketball junior standout, who verbally committed over the weekend.
“I didn’t know going into the trip that I was going to be committing,” Frazier said. “SLU had always been my No. 1 choice as far as a list, but I wasn’t sure If I was ready to make a decision. Definitely getting to hang out with the team a lot and seeing what great kids they were, I could see myself playing with them. And the coaching staff, it felt like a family. They were great people and you could tell they cared.”
A 6-foot-2 junior forward post who averaged 22.1 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks a game in 2014-15, Frazier received nine other NCAA Division I offers.
Miami (Ohio), Belmont and DePaul followed St. Louis on her personal list. Ultimately, SLU won out for several reasons, including the familial feeling and the manageable driving distance for her parents, Jeff and Erin, to watch Billikens home games.
St. Louis also boasts a longstanding academic reputation, which certainly befits Frazier, ranked No. 1 in her class with a 4.375 grade-point average.
“It’s always been a big focus just to work hard on school and not take it for granted,” Frazier said.
Frazier eclipsed 1,000 career points during a Dec. 20 game, just one highlight from a season that eventually netted her a nod as a Class 4A Associated Press all-state second teamer.
About six weeks later, Billikens associate head coach Mike Geary scouted Frazier during a victory against Larkin in which she felt she didn’t show the best of her versatile skill set.
“It was probably not one of my best games,” Frazier said. “I struggled in the first half of that game. But it was cool that the coach (Lisa Stone) really didn’t pick me for that. They kind of saw through that.”
In late February, Frazier took her first glimpse at campus during an unofficial visit, and was immediately intrigued.
Frazier will continue to hone her game for the Midwest Elite AAU program. She developed a stronger outside shot entering her junior season, and Batavia coach Kevin Jensen envisions Frazier as a “stretch four,” a power forward who can keep defenders honest with her perimeter game.
“There’s many 6-2 girls in high school that can kind of labor to get up the floor,” Jensen said. “I think that part of her game also made her stand out. She was so very quick and athletic for someone of that size.”