Trent Frazier signs pro contract with European team

Trent Frazier signs pro contract with European team

Train Illinois guard Trent Frazier will start his professional basketball career in Europe. Frazier signed a two-year contract with KK FMP, a team based in Belgrade, Serbia, which plays in the ABA League (Serbia’s top league) and the Basketball League of Serbia, which features teams from across Eastern Europe.

The current KK FMP roster includes two other Americans, former Hawaii player Garrett Nevels and former Murray State guard Bryce Jones. By signing a professional deal, Frazier passes up a chance to play in the NBA Summer League.

Frazier finished his career as the school’s career leader in minutes played (4,885) and games started (138). He ranks fifth on the Illinois all-time scoring list with 1,794 points, second with 310 career 3-pointers, sixth with 207 career steals, ninth with 452 career assists, and 10th with 593 career field goals.

Frazier was a second-team All-Big Ten pick as a super senior, averaging 11.6 points and leading the team in assists (4.1 apg) and steals (1.3 spg). Frazier scored in double figures 18 times with four 20+ point games, led by a season-high 29 points in the win at Nebraska (Jan. 11).

Frazier signed with former Illinois coach John Groce in 2017 only to be two of five signed, along with Da’Monte Williams, to stick with Groce’s successor, Brad Underwood, for his entire college career. Frazier and Underwood suffered through growing pains and a 26-39 overall record during their first two seasons in Champaign only to take a leap with the help of All-Americans Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn and other Underwood roster additions to notch three consecutive top-four Big Ten finishes, including the 2021 Big Ten Tournament championship and 2022 Big Ten regular-season championship.

“Emotion-wise, it’s been a long journey, obviously,” Frazier said following Illinois basketball’s NCAA Tournament loss to Houston. “It’s been a pleasure to be playing for Coach, unbelievable competitor, fighter, and that’s what I try to take on, is him. He’s almost like a father. I’ve been here for five years around him, and I try to take on his personality.

“We fell short, but to see where this program has come two years in a row, top 32 teams, you know, it shows we are headed in the right direction.

“We’re leaving, you know, me, Kofi, whatever his decision is, Da’Monte, Jake, Plummer, we’re leaving this program in good hands, and they will be back here. Despite the loss, I’m still proud of this team and proud of this program for everything.”

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