Bradwell Institute celebrated one of their own on Thursday, April 28, as Jaylin Frasier signed to play basketball for Columbus State University.
In attendance were Frasier’s supporters, including his parents and several relatives; Principal Roland Van Horn; his coach, Ty Randolph, and Athletic Director Stephanie Howard; and his fellow teammates. All were extremely proud of Frasier’s accomplishments and spoke highly of him, both as a student-athlete and a person.
Frasier was both overwhelmed and humbled by the signing and subsequent reception in his honor.
“It feels good to know that somebody wants you to play with their team,” he said. “It’s a good feeling.”
Frasier has been playing basketball since he was 6 or 7 with the rec league, and it has always been a dream of his to be part of a team at the next level. Now, he’s looking forward to his future at Columbus State University and beyond.
Frasier plans to major in sports management and hopes to continue playing ball at a higher level after graduation or to join the military by going into the Navy.
Coach Ty Randolph expressed pride in playing a role in Frasier’s journey.
“Jaylin has been an awesome young man,” Randolph said. “This season, I thought he had his ups and downs, but he saved his best for last, and I thought his late push pretty much prevailed us in the region tournament.”
Randolph said he was very pleased with Frasier’s progress and that he hates to see him go, but he feels tremendous pride to watch him move on to Division 2 basketball.
He also credited South Georgia Kings AAU club founder Jessie Fleming for playing a key role in Frasier’s development. Randolph said Fleming was high on Frasier from the start and worked hard with him behind the scenes.
Bradwell Institute Athletic Director Stephanie Howard spoke highly of Frasier’s character, both on and off the court.
“He’s a model student,” Howard said. “He’s a great young man with a great personality. He does well in school. He has good parents that definitely make sure that he stays in line, but he’s a great athlete on top of that, which makes him a very well-rounded student.
“We are super excited for him,” she continued. “We know that he’s going to do great things when he gets there, and it’s just an exciting time to see one of our students moving on to the next level.”
During Thursday’s signing ceremony, Frasier was surrounded by his teammates as a short video highlighting Columbus State University played, showcasing the school’s propensity for top-level athletes.
Bradwell Institute Principal Roland Van Horn also spoke and shared the sentiments of Frasier’s coaches.
“Only 2% of high school players get to play at the next level,” he said. “What we have here with Jaylin is a tremendous accomplishment.”
Van Horn encouraged Frasier’s fellow players to continue working hard and surrounding themselves with good people so they may find themselves playing at the next level, too.